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Anne Tyler Quotes and Sayings

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My writing day has grown shorter as I've aged,
although it seems to produce the same number of pages.
- Anne Tyler

The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that
of all the opportunities to show differences in character,
surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest.
- Anne Tyler

I consciously try to end my novels at a point where
I won't have to wonder about my characters ever again.
- Anne Tyler

People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have.
- Anne Tyler

 

I was standing in the schoolyard waiting for a child
when another mother came up to me.
Have you found work yet? she asked.
Or are you still just writing?
- Anne Tyler

When I read, I'm purely a reader.
- Anne Tyler

My stories are never quite good enough.
- Anne Tyler

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But what I hope for from a book - either one that I
write or one that I read -
is transparency.
I want the story to shine through.
I don't want to think of the writer.
- Anne Tyler

For me, writing something down was the only road out.
- Anne Tyler

For my own family, I would always choose the makeshift,
surrogate family formed by various characters unrelated by blood.
- Anne Tyler

The hardest novel to write was Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant.
- Anne Tyler

I didn't really choose to write; I more or less fell into it.
- Anne Tyler

At most I'll spend three or four hours daily,
sometimes less.
- Anne Tyler

I've always enjoyed studying the small clues that indicate
a particular class level.
- Anne Tyler

Not until the final draft do I force myself to remember
that I'm going to have to think about how it will affect other people.
- Anne Tyler

In real life I avoid all parties altogether,
but on paper I can mingle with the best of them.
- Anne Tyler

She worded it a bit strongly, but I do find myself
more and more struck by the differences between the sexes.
To put it another way: All marriages are mixed marriages.
- Anne Tyler

I never think about the actual process of writing.
I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.
- Anne Tyler

The one ironclad rule is that I have to try.
I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my
pen every weekday morning.
- Anne Tyler

And I am interested in the fact that class is very
much a factor in America,
even though it's not supposed to be.
- Anne Tyler

My decision to start a new one is just that,
a decision, since I never get inspirations.
- Anne Tyler

It seems to me that good novels celebrate the mystery in ordinary life,
and summing it all up in psychological terms strips the mystery away.
- Anne Tyler

I save the best of myself for novels,
and I believe it shows.
- Anne Tyler

None of my own experiences ever finds its way into my work.
However, the stages of my life - motherhood,
middle age, etc.
- often influence my subject matter.
- Anne Tyler

When I'm working on something, I proceed as if no one else will ever read it.
- Anne Tyler

I spend about a year between novels.
- Anne Tyler

I just want to be told a story, and I want to believe I'm living that story,
and I don't give a thought to influences or method
or any other writerly concerns.
- Anne Tyler

I forget a book as soon as I finish writing it,
which is not always a good thing.
- Anne Tyler

Time, in general, has always been a central obsession of mine -
what it does to people,
how it can constitute a plot all on its own.
So naturally, I am interested in old age.
- Anne Tyler

It's true that it's a solitary occupation,
but you would be surprised at how much companionship
a group of imaginary characters can offer once you get to know them.
- Anne Tyler

It seems to me that since I've had children,
I've grown richer and deeper.
They may have slowed down my writing for a while,
but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
- Anne Tyler

If I waited till I felt like writing,
I'd never write at all.
- Anne Tyler

While armchair travelers dream of going places,
traveling armchairs dream of staying put.
- Anne Tyler

I expect that any day now, I will have said all I have to say;
I'll have used up all my characters,
and then I'll be free to get on with my real life.
- Anne Tyler

My family can always tell when I'm well into a novel
because the meals get very crummy.
- Anne Tyler

I think it must be very hard to be one of the new young
writers who are urged to put themselves forward when
it may be the last thing on earth they'd be good at.
- Anne Tyler

I'm too shy for personal appearances,
and I've found out that anytime I talk about my writing,
I can't do any writing for many weeks afterward.
- Anne Tyler

I can never tell ahead of time which book will give me trouble -
some balk every step of the way,
others seem to write themselves - but certainly the mechanics of writing,
finding the time and the psychic space,
are easier now that my children are grown.
- Anne Tyler

I'll write maybe one long paragraph describing the events,
then a page or two breaking the events into chapters,
and then reams of pages delving into my characters.
After that, I'm ready to begin.
- Anne Tyler

Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean,
here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul -
chicken,
pork, half a cow.
They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
- Anne Tyler

I don't want to say I hear voices; well,
actually I do hear voices, but I don't think it's supernatural.
I think it's just that when characters are given enough texture and backbone,
then lo and behold, they stand on their own.
- Anne Tyler

I've always thought a hotel ought to offer optional small animals.
I mean a cat to sleep on your bed at night,
or a dog of some kind to act pleased when you come in.
You ever notice how a hotel room feels so lifeless?
- Anne Tyler

I would advise any beginning writer to write the first
drafts as if no one else will ever read them -
without a thought about publication -
and only in the last draft to consider how the work
will look from the outside.
- Anne Tyler

I remember leaving the hospital - thinking,
'Wait, are they going to let me just walk off with
him? I don't know beans about babies!
I don't have a license to do this.' We're just amateurs.
- Anne Tyler

I do write long, long character notes -
family background,
history, details of appearance - much more than will
ever appear in the novel.
I think this is what lifts a book from that early calculated,
artificial stage.
- Anne Tyler

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Now I'm doing a film festival for kids and writing
a script about a kidnapped journalist in Afghanistan.
- Olivia Wilde

The best thing about writing programs is that it rationalized
the apprenticeship of a writer.
- Russell Banks

There are few cases in which mere popularity should
be considered a proper test of merit;
but the case of song-writing is,
I think, one of the few.
- Edgar Allan Poe

I like to be surprised.
The best writing is when it defies me,
when it starts going a different way than I had planned.
- Wally Lamb

I have always been fascinated by dark and mysterious stuff.
I guess I have a pretty dark and gloomy side.
Writing songs saves me from going completely gonzo.
- Gavin Rossdale

Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which
Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour,
as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.
- Joseph Addison

I write journals and would recommend journal writing
to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career.
You learn a lot.
You also remember a lot...
and memory is important.
- Judy Collins

My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes.
Very random and similar to automatic writing.
- Brian Eno

Just after writing those we were called up to defend
a new position on the left,
where the terrible storming of the bridge over the Antietam took place.
- Joshua Chamberlain

There is no great writing, only great rewriting.
- Justice Brandeis

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about,
he may omit things that he knows.
The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only
one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway

It is normal for me to wake and find myself writing in the dark...
or to be out of my tomb, caught in an unearthly world,
alive with the images that haunt me.
- Kim Elizabeth

Anarchists prepare for social revolution and use every means-
speech,
writing, or deed, whichever is more to the point -
to accelerate revolutionary development.
- Johann Most

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion,
some place, in the air.
All I must do is find it, and copy it.
- Jules Renard


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