Donna Tartt Quotes

37 Donna Tartt quotes:

"I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for."
"I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence."
"It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing, because other people's comments will influence what happens."
"On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have always been supposed to do, was to rely on their own devices and to--I mean, writing is a lonely business."
"You are - all your experience just kind of accumulates, and the novel takes a richness of its own simply because it has the weight of all those years that one's put into it."
"I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive."
"People always want to call me a Southern writer but though I grew up in the South, I don't feel that the label quite fits my work."
"There's also a bit of family echo in the character of Harriet. Harriet is kind of a recurring state of mind in my mother's side of the family."
"Taking on challenging projects is the way that one grows and extends one's range as a writer, one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent."
"The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice - by work."
"The trick of creating character is to try to see all people, even unsympathetic ones, without projecting one's own personality and values on them."
"To really be centered and to really work well and to think about the kinds of things that I need to think about, I need to spend large amounts of time alone."
"When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail: the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain."
"Children - if you think back really what it was like to be a child and what it was like to know other children--children lie all the time."
"I really do work in solitude."
"I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there."
"In order for a long piece of work to engage a novelist over an extended period of time, it has to deal with questions that you find very important, that you're trying to work out."
"Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed. And that's a hard lesson of reality."
"The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to entertain, to make things up. The art of what I do lies not in research or even recollection but primarily in invention."
"There's an expectation these days that novels - like any other consumer product - should be made on a production line, with one dropping from the conveyor belt every couple of years."

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