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All Quotes by author - Jayne Anne Phillips
" Books about women and children are not valued in the same way as a book about war. And why is that? I don't know. "
" Character and story are suggested by the voice in the words themselves. "
" Divinity. That's what I'm trying to get at, in everything I write. "
" I don't do much rewriting, because each paragraph is very carefully put together. "
" I don't investigate things by writing about them, but let them build up inside of me. "
" I don't outline; I listen to a kind of whisper inside the material. "
" I don't write a novel every two years. "
" I'm a language-oriented writer who proceeds sentence by sentence. "
" I see my work as a continuum, moving from book to book. "
" I tell my students that being a writer is like being a member of a medieval guild and that what we are doing is very subversive and very important. "
" I think we really forget how connected we are to the past. "
" It's my theory that many writers were the confidantes of one or the other parent. I was my mother's confidante; she had been her mother's confidante. "
" I wish I had more time to write. "
" I work via the high-tension-wire method, which is maybe going for long periods without writing while the tension builds up - when am I going to write this, am I going to be able to write this, what is this image about - and I'm thinking about it all the time, but I'm not really inside it, inside the writing. "
" I write line by line, by the sound and the weight and the music of the words. "
" That whole business of having two homes, and that divided loyalty bind that kids get into. I mean, my parents were divorced - though I was adult - but I still grappled with being responsible to both of them. "
" Writing provides no guarantees. And writers who stay with writing do it for reasons that are larger than self. "
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