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Anne Tyler

American,  Novelist
Total Quotes : 45
Forget Always Which

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

- Anne Tyler

Hours Most Four

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

- Anne Tyler

More Fell More Or Less

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

- Anne Tyler

Point Again About

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

- Anne Tyler

Pet Here Pets

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

Road Writing Me

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

- Anne Tyler

I Think Own Supernatural

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

Read Purely Reader

When I read, I'm purely a reader.

- Anne Tyler

Shy About Weeks

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

Book I Think Notes

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

Ahead Tell Some

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

My Own Always Own

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

- Anne Tyler

Think Through Read

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

Fact Very Though

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

Living Give Other

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

Best Real Them

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

- Anne Tyler

Restaurant Hardest Write

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

- Anne Tyler

Never Like Till

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

- Anne Tyler

Small Studying Always

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

- Anne Tyler

Year Spend About A Year

I spend about a year between novels.

- Anne Tyler