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Anne Tyler (born October 25, 1941) is an American novelist, short story writer, and literary critic.


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1

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


2

My stories are never quite good enough. Anne Tyler


3

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


4

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


5

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


6

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


7

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


8

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


9

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


10

When I read, I’m purely a reader. Anne Tyler


11

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


12

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


13

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


14

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


15

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


16

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


17

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


18

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


19

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


20

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


21

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


22

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


23

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


24

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


25

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


26

I spend about a year between novels. Anne Tyler


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