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Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.
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But it's for every writer to decide his own pace, and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
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But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard, ugly truths about life that are important to know.
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Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
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Children - if you think back really what it was like to be a child and what it was like to know other children--children lie all the time.
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Children have very sharp powers of observation - probably sharper than adults - yet at the same time their emotional reactions are murky and much more primitive.
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Children love secret club houses. They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.
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Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life.
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I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for an experience that has not really been spoken for.
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I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell, an American writer whose work I admire very much.
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I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.
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I really do work in solitude.
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I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there.
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I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.
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I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.
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I'm not so interested in the act of murder as in the echoes and repercussions of the act, and how they play out over time.
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I'm not sure whay I've been drawn to this subject, except that murder is a subject that has always drawn people for as long as people have been telling stories.
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I've written only two novels, but they're both long ones, and they each took a decade to write.
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In order for a long piece of work to engage a novelist over an extended period of time, it has to deal with questions that you find very important, that you're trying to work out.
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It's great to be around people and it's thrilling and exciting, but it jangles me.
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It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing, because other people's comments will influence what happens.
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It's interesting when a book comes to you. It comes to you in sort of flashes and you don't quite understand how they connect.
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My novels aren't really generated by a single conceptual spark; it's more a process of many different elements that come together unexpectedly over a long period of time.
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On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have always been supposed to do, was to rely on their own devices and to--I mean, writing is a lonely business.
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People always want to call me a Southern writer but though I grew up in the South, I don't feel that the label quite fits my work.
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So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term, like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for their entire literary environment and subject matter.
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Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed. And that's a hard lesson of reality.
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Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.
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Taking on challenging projects is the way that one grows and extends one's range as a writer, one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent.
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The books I loved in childhood - the first loves - I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way: they are more inside me now than out.
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The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to entertain, to make things up. The art of what I do lies not in research or even recollection but primarily in invention.
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The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to make things up.
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The Little Friend is a long book. It's also completely different from my first novel: different landscape, different characters, different use of language and diction, different approach to story.
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The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences.
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The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't. But style is at least partly a learned thing: one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice - by work.
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The trick of creating character is to try to see all people, even unsympathetic ones, without projecting one's own personality and values on them.
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There's also a bit of family echo in the character of Harriet. Harriet is kind of a recurring state of mind in my mother's side of the family.
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There's an expectation these days that novels - like any other consumer product - should be made on a production line, with one dropping from the conveyor belt every couple of years.
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To really be centered and to really work well and to think about the kinds of things that I need to think about, I need to spend large amounts of time alone.
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Well, a novel does acquire a certain kind of richness when you work on it for a long time that can't really be faked.
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Well, I do have some maiden aunts that are not quite like the aunts in the book, but I definitely do have a couple of them, and a couple of old aunties.
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Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.
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When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail: the color a room is painted, the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain.
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You are - all your experience just kind of accumulates, and the novel takes a richness of its own simply because it has the weight of all those years that one's put into it.
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