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

Anne Tyler

I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get.

Anne Tyler

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

Anne Tyler

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

Anne Tyler

It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.

Anne Tyler

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

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

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

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

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

Anne Tyler

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

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

My stories are never quite good enough.

Anne Tyler

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

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

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

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

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

Anne Tyler

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

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

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

Anne Tyler

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

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
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