Quotes by Janet Fitch

A book's flaws make it less predictable.
- Janet Fitch
I just wanted to live in books and in movies.
- Janet Fitch
Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape.
- Janet Fitch
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I kept sending out stories and getting rejected.
- Janet Fitch
Dostoevsky was my literary idol for a long time.
- Janet Fitch
Crime novelists do really well with Los Angeles.
- Janet Fitch
Women writers specifically... are the ultimate outsiders.
- Janet Fitch
Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.
- Janet Fitch
I have a hard time with abstractions. I always go to the personal.
- Janet Fitch
A novelist can get by on story, but the poet has nothing but the words.
- Janet Fitch
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My mother had been a solitary chef. It was her recreation and her escape.
- Janet Fitch
As an undergraduate, I had not studied literature - I was a history major.
- Janet Fitch
The elegance of a really good screenplay, I admire it. I can't do it.
- Janet Fitch
Nineteen is as alive as 40-plus. I can vividly remember 19 and how I saw the world.
- Janet Fitch
I've been depressed many times in my life. But under it all I'm an optimist.
- Janet Fitch
I always read poetry before I write, to sensitize me to the rhythms and music of language.
- Janet Fitch
As an artist, you can never get what you want. What you do never approaches what you want it to be.
- Janet Fitch
My thoughts about God are vague and abstract. My connection with the energy of the universe is shaky.
- Janet Fitch
I despise places where you have to have an assigned seat. Makes me feel like I'm at the airport.
- Janet Fitch
As a person with terrible handwriting, I love the computer. I've waited all my life for the computer.
- Janet Fitch
I write all the time, whether I feel like it or not. I never get inspired unless I'm already writing.
- Janet Fitch
My house is modern, but I like my writing room to be old fashioned. I write on a little wooden secretary desk.
- Janet Fitch
Most people use twenty verbs to describe everything from a run in their stocking to the explosion of an atomic bomb.
- Janet Fitch
I was into the music scene, but I was also a bit of a perfectionist and very hard on myself... very dark in that way.
- Janet Fitch
I write every day... I never get ideas unless I'm actually writing. Ideas I get in the shower don't do me any good.
- Janet Fitch
I've always been concerned with what happens to children in our society when there's nobody left to take care of them.
- Janet Fitch
I'm particularly fond of the Mulholland Fountain, at Riverside Drive and Los Feliz Boulevard, when it turns colors at night.
- Janet Fitch
A cliche is like a coin that has been handled too much. Once language has been overly handled, it no longer leaves a clear imprint.
- Janet Fitch
I tried writing fiction as a little kid, but had a teacher humiliate me, so didn't write again until I was a senior in college.
- Janet Fitch
My father was an engineer - he wasn't literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world's great readers.
- Janet Fitch
My perfect day would be to go on a picnic up Mt. Wilson with Christopher Isherwood, Greta Garbo, Aldous Huxley, and Bertrand Russell.
- Janet Fitch
Most women experience issues of power and sexuality, but very few women talk about it. There's the threat of the loss of approval.
- Janet Fitch
I send all my short fiction to 'Ontario Review' because Joyce Carol Oates is associate editor there, and I think she's fantastic.
- Janet Fitch
It's a lot to expect of yourself, to write a novel in a year. Anyway, you don't write a novel, you write a scene, and then another scene.
- Janet Fitch
A figure in Los Angeles politics for five decades, my mother nevertheless had had her fill of talking to people by the time she came home at night.
- Janet Fitch
My father gave me Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment' when I was in junior high; my junior high, angst-filled soul responded to that.
- Janet Fitch
I never know how a novel is going to end, because you don't really know what's going to be at the bottom of a novel until you excavate it.
- Janet Fitch
Anytime you work with materials that are deep parts of yourself, you feel revulsion at showing things about yourself that you don't want people to know.
- Janet Fitch
It's your flaws, not your strengths, that go down in the depths of your books. You're exposed, like dreaming you're naked in a public building.
- Janet Fitch
For me, I'd rather be the inventive one, and if something doesn't work, I'll go back to the workshop, put it on the bench, and pound on it for awhile.
- Janet Fitch
We don't have a unitary society anymore, you know; it's very fragmented. I look up and down my block in Silverlake and there is a different universe in every house.
- Janet Fitch
When you have success, people think you know what you're doing, and you start to agree with them, you think you can conquer the world. But you go from grandiosity to panic.
- Janet Fitch
My mother was an enthusiastic chef but wildly disorganized, and often preferred purchasing yet another jar of mace or chili powder rather than having to hunt down its last incarnation.
- Janet Fitch
I started writing when I was 21. I was going to become an historian. And then I realized there was more to the world than just the past. I didn't want to spend my life in the library.
- Janet Fitch
While out on the perimeter, women discovered the freedom of badlands. They were curiously free to invent, without having to liberate themselves from the forms and rewards of the cultural norm.
- Janet Fitch
I use my fiction to explore my own unconscious issues. I usually don't even know what's going on with me until I'm writing. That doesn't mean my books are autobiographical.
- Janet Fitch
I'd rather see a writer write 15 minutes a day than save it all up for a Saturday. A work gets a coating on it when it's not been worked on for a while, makes it hard to break back in.
- Janet Fitch
I write every day, including weekends. For writers, there are no weekends. It's just that your family is around, looking mournful, wondering when you're going to pay attention to them.
- Janet Fitch
Use description of landscape to help you establish the emotional tone of the scene. Keep notes of how other authors establish mood and foreshadow events by describing the world around the character.
- Janet Fitch
When working on your own, you can make a choice and find out six months later that you made a bad choice. But when you work with people you trust, who understand your obsessions, you can take risks.
- Janet Fitch
When you're a little kid, you are small, your life is small - and you're terrifically aware of that. But when you read, you can ride Arabian horses across the desert, you can be a dogsledder.
- Janet Fitch
The thing that makes vivid writing is when the reader is in the body of the story, the body of the character. Things smell like something; there's weather, there's texture, there's light.
- Janet Fitch
A terrific exercise is to take a paragraph of someone's writing who has a really strong style, and using their structure, substitute your own words for theirs, and see how they achieved their effects.
- Janet Fitch
To make films, you have to have boundless energy; you have to work and play with others really, really well, and I'm really a more contemplative kind of person. I like to sit at home and think, a lot.
- Janet Fitch
Amazon is a marvelous conglomeration and delivery system for products of every imaginable function. But the book 'business' is really not the same as the sale of lawn rakes or adapters for telephones.
- Janet Fitch
My mother never met a gadget she didn't like. There were tube pans for baking the angel food cakes my father could have after his first heart attack, and Bundt pans and loaf pans and baking pans and grilling pans.
- Janet Fitch
As a middle-aged woman who has had some luck as a writer, I'd like this profession of author to remain a possibility for young writers in the future - and not become an arena solely for the hobbyist or the well-heeled.
- Janet Fitch
A lot of people think they should be happy all the time. But the writer understands you need both. You need the whole piano: the richness of the whole human experience. Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.
- Janet Fitch
You start realizing that good prose is crunchy. There's texture in your mouth as you say it. You realize bad writing, bland writing, has no texture, no taste, no corners in your mouth. I'm a great believer in reading aloud.
- Janet Fitch
The writer is both a sadist and a masochist. We create people we love, and then we torture them. The more we love them, and the more cleverly we torture them along the lines of their greatest vulnerability and fear, the better the story.
- Janet Fitch
L.A. is such a real, active place. My mother was very into the core of the city. She worked in politics, and you have to know your territory. It's an active matrix; we're all parts of it, but people don't often stop to wonder what's going on.
- Janet Fitch
Many women get involved with a man that you pretty much know isn't suitable and you're kind of breaking your rules, but he's attractive in some unknown way. And then he doesn't even realize what a sacrifice you're making by being with him and he dumps you!
- Janet Fitch
I think that Oprah's on a mission to improve the lives of the average American in various ways. And one of them is to bring literature to people who would normally not be quite as demanding in their reading tastes, to show them writing that can be more than just entertainment.
- Janet Fitch
Your protagonist is your reader's portal into the story. The more observant he or she can be, the more vivid will be the world you're creating. They don't have to be super-educated, they just have to be mentally active. Keep them looking, thinking, wondering, remembering.
- Janet Fitch
My father was an engineer - he wasn't literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world's great readers. Every two weeks, he'd take me to our local branch library and pull books off the shelf for me, stacking them up in my arms - 'Have you read this? And this? And this?'
- Janet Fitch