Anne Tyler Quotes

Anne Tyler Quotes: It's true that writing is 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.
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Anne Tyler Quote: 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.
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Quotes about 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.
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Quote about 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
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Anne Tyler Sayings: I've always enjoyed studying the small clues that indicate a particular class level.
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Anne Tyler Saying: No couple buying wedding rings wants to be reminded that someday one of them will have to accept the other one's ring from a nurse or an undertaker.
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Sayings about Anne Tyler: ... everyone must play his role.
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Saying about 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.
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Anne Tyler Quotes: 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.
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Anne Tyler Quote: She saw herself riding in the passenger seat, Sam behind the wheel. Like two of those little peg people in a toy car. Husband peg, wife peg, side by side. Facing the road and not looking at each other; for why would they need to, really, having gone beyond the visible surface long ago. No hope of admiring gazes anymore, no chance of unremitting adoration. Nothing left to show but their plain, true, homely, interior selves, which were actually much richer anyhow.
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Quotes about Anne Tyler: There's surprisingly little difference between writing from a male angle and from a female angle, but I feel more restricted in my language when I'm writing as a male character because males tend to sound less emotionally expressive than females.
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Quote about 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.
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Anne Tyler Sayings: 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.
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Anne Tyler Saying: Some people are aware of everything that is going on everywhere at every moment in their lives.
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Sayings about Anne Tyler: I think I was born with the impression that what happened in books was much more reasonable, and interesting, and real, in some ways, than what happened in life.
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Saying about 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.
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Anne Tyler Quotes: I consciously try to end my novels at a point where I won't have to wonder about my characters ever again.
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Anne Tyler Quote: He was wondering if there was some cryptic, cultish mark on his door that told all the crazy people he'd have trouble saying no.
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