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Amy Bloom

American,  Writer
Total Quotes : 56
Think Fancy Other

I didn't think being a writer was a fancy thing. It was a job like any other job, except apparently you could do it at home.

- Amy Bloom

Very 1940s Period

I find the 1940s very compelling. It is a very excitable period in the U.S. when, whether out of necessity or not, everybody was reinventing themselves.

- Amy Bloom

Reason Very Readers

I find my readers to be very smart, and there is no reason to write dumb.

- Amy Bloom

Love Principle Some

I am interested in struggle - between our hearts and our head, between principle and desire - and one of those struggles is with mortality; and no one at all is immune to it, which makes it even more interesting to me. Some people fall in love, some don't. Some sky dive, some don't. Everyone who lives, ages.

- Amy Bloom

Play Think Always

As children, we think our mother has always been a mother, but it is just one of the roles you may have the opportunity to play. They don't define you as a human being.

- Amy Bloom

Own Sentences Reader

My job is to form the people, the story, the sentences. Every reader will bring their own life and their own history to the story and shape it accordingly. I guess you can say it's like I am sending them a letter.

- Amy Bloom

Admire Robertson Philip

There are two trilogies I admire: Robertson Davies's 'The Deptford Trilogy' and Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials.'

- Amy Bloom

Shut Certainly Teaches

Training to be a therapist teaches you to shut up and listen, and that is certainly useful as a writer.

- Amy Bloom

Business Rest Weekends

I do my business in the morning, and then at 2 P.M., I write fiction for the rest of the day. I like my husband, so I don't work at weekends.

- Amy Bloom

Doing Bad Bad Things

Bad people doing bad things is not interesting. What I find interesting is good people doing bad things.

- Amy Bloom

Surprise Last Breadth

For me, the short story is the depth of a novel, the breadth of a poem, and, as you come to the last few paragraphs, the experience of surprise.

- Amy Bloom

Away Save Petals

To hold happiness is to hold the understanding that the world passes away from us, that the petals fall and the beloved dies. No amount of mockery, no amount of fashionable scowling will keep any of us from knowing and savoring the pleasure of the sun on our faces or save us from the adult understanding that it cannot last forever.

- Amy Bloom

Work Pretty Read

I've written the best work I know how. And I'm appreciative of the people who read it and care about the work - and that's pretty much the end of that.

- Amy Bloom

Sometimes Pursuit Actual

Actual happiness is sometimes confused with the pursuit of it; and the most mindless and crass how-tos can get jumbled in with the modestly useful, the appealingly personal, and the genuinely interesting.

- Amy Bloom

Writing Process Lot

My writing process, such as it is, consists of a lot of noodling, procrastinating, dawdling, and avoiding.

- Amy Bloom

Fiction Use Before

Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It's easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.

- Amy Bloom

Thought Think Cities

When I was a little girl, I thought I was Sydney Carton in Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities.' I don't think anyone else did.

- Amy Bloom

Love Think I Think

I don't think writers really choose their subjects. I think the subjects, the topics, the themes, choose us, and then we make the most of what we have. For Trollope, society; for Roth, Jews. For me, apparently, love. Why hide it?

- Amy Bloom

Fall Fail Most

I assume as a writer that most of the time I'm going to fall down and fail.

- Amy Bloom

Alive Matter Sentences

If the characters are not alive to me, it doesn't matter how good the sentences are. It just becomes all cake and no frosting.

- Amy Bloom