Donna Tartt

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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.

Donna Tartt

Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.

Donna Tartt

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell, an American writer whose work I admire very much.

Donna Tartt

Everything takes me longer than I expect. It's the sad truth about life.

Donna Tartt

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.

Donna Tartt

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.

Donna Tartt

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.

Donna Tartt

Children love secret club houses. They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.

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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.

Donna Tartt

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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I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.

Donna Tartt

Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.

Donna Tartt

I think innocence is something that adults project upon children that's not really there.

Donna Tartt

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.

Donna Tartt

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.

Donna Tartt

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace, and the pace varies with the writer and the work.

Donna Tartt

Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.

Donna Tartt

The job of the novelist is to invent: to embroider, to color, to embellish, to make things up.

Donna Tartt

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.

Donna Tartt

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.

Donna Tartt

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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Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.

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Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed. And that's a hard lesson of reality.

Donna Tartt