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The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't.
by Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

I'm not sure whay I've been drawn to this subject,
except that murder is a subject that has always drawn
people for as long as people have been telling stories.
- Donna Tartt

 

Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed.
And that's a hard lesson of reality.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

Everything takes me longer than I expect.
It's the sad truth about life.
- Donna Tartt

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So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

I think innocence is something that adults project
upon children that's not really there.
- Donna Tartt

The books I loved in childhood - the first loves -
I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way:
they are more inside me now than out.
- Donna Tartt

My novels aren't really generated by a single conceptual spark;
it's more a process of many different elements that
come together unexpectedly over a long period of time.
- Donna Tartt

Well, I do have some maiden aunts that are not quite
like the aunts in the book,
but I definitely do have a couple of them,
and a couple of old aunties.
- Donna Tartt

Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.
- Donna Tartt

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell,
an American writer whose work I admire very much.
- Donna Tartt

I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most
minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.
- Donna Tartt

Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

The job of the novelist is to invent:
to embroider,
to color, to embellish, to make things up.
- Donna Tartt

It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing,
because other people's comments will influence what happens.
- Donna Tartt

Children have very sharp powers of observation -
probably sharper than adults -
yet at the same time their emotional reactions are
murky and much more primitive.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
- Donna Tartt

I really do work in solitude.
- Donna Tartt

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.
- Donna Tartt

Children love secret club houses.
They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.
- Donna Tartt

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.
- Donna Tartt

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace,
and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
- Donna Tartt

But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard,
ugly truths about life that are important to know.
- Donna Tartt

I've written only two novels, but they're both long ones,
and they each took a decade to write.
- Donna Tartt

I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.
- Donna Tartt

The Little Friend is a long book.
It's also completely different from my first novel:
different landscape,
different characters, different use of language and diction,
different approach to story.
- Donna Tartt

The novel is about five students of classics who are
studying with a classics professor,
and they take the ideas of the things that they're
learning from him a bit too seriously,
with terrible consequences.
- Donna Tartt

I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct,
rescued me most of my life.
- Armistead Maupin

I actually think one of my strengths is my storytelling.
- Quentin Tarantino

So I like to try to go back and develop pure visual storytelling.
Because to me, it's one of the most exciting aspects
of making movies and almost a lost art at this point.
- Brian De Palma

I believe the adventure game genre will never die any
more than any type of storytelling would ever die.
- Roberta Williams

Because of all the concurrent stories going in 24 and its fast pace,
it can be complicated in terms of the story,
so I thought sound could help with the storytelling.
- Stephen Hopkins

I've been obsessed with this kind of visual storytelling for quite a while,
and I try to create material that allows me to explore it.
- Brian De Palma

It's populated by people who, by and large,
have terrific communication skills.
Every day is an extraordinary day.
For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
- Aaron Sorkin

Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been
around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.
- Frank Darabont

I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures,
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
It felt a bit like prophecy and a bit like storytelling.
- George Murray

It's all storytelling, you know.
That's what journalism is all about.
- Tom Brokaw

My major allegiance has been to storytelling,
not to history.
- Russell Banks

I like the storytelling and reading the letters,
the long-distance dedications.
- Casey Kasem

I like narrative storytelling as being part of a tradition,
a folk tradition.
- Bruce Springsteen

Rap is rhythm and poetry.
Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
- Ajay Naidu

Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth.
It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.
- Jeremy Northam

There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old,
telling stories about kings and their palaces,
and that's really what I wanted to do.
- Aaron Sorkin

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
- Hannah Arendt

Leaping away from my mistakes has propelled me forward.
It has great force behind it.
It makes for great storytelling.
- Holly Near

The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease,
hints at human imperfection.
Where there is perfection there is no story to tell.
- Ben Okri

Storytelling is not what I do for a living -
it is how I do all that I do while I am living.
- Donald Davis

When I put together a graphic novel,
I don't think about literary prose.
I think about storytelling.
- Ted Rall

Storytelling is what lights my fire.
- Hope Davis

I love graphic design.
I love working with design, and I love storytelling,
so I've been working on a children's book for a while,
and I'd like to see that through.
- Colleen Haskell

Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability,
or your ability to put into words or use what someone
else has put into words effectively,
is important too.
- Howard Gardner

What I want to write about has changed somewhat,
and the scope of the storytelling has changed accordingly.
- Terry Brooks

Artists should always think of themselves as cosmic
instruments for storytelling.
- Ted Lange

It was unpredictable, good storytelling that brought you back each week.
- Ted Shackelford

But, number one, I think traditional noir doesn't work
in contemporary storytelling because we don't live in that world anymore.
- Brian De Palma

Well, I suppose I'm interested in ways of storytelling
and in stories that are about storytelling.
- Neil Jordan

I like the storytelling and reading the letters,
the long-distance dedications.
Anytime in radio that you can reach somebody on an emotional level,
you're really connecting.
- Casey Kasum

The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth,
wisdom, is dying out.
- Walter Benjamin

Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world today.
- Robert McAfee Brown

There's a wealth of literature out there which,
hopefully, will be, you know, exploded in the future,
and I personally find it very rewarding to be involved
with classic storytelling,
and sort of legendary characters.
- Sean Bean

But I think we are seeing a resurgence of the graphic
ghost story like The Others,
Devil's Backbone and The Sixth Sense.
It is a return to more gothic atmospheric ghost storytelling.
- Guillermo del Toro

Through his mastery of storytelling techniques,
he has managed to separate his character,
in the public mind, from his actions as president.
He has, in short, mesmerized us with that steady gaze.
- James Nathan Miller


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