Source: Wolf Gang (Flickr)

Source: Wolf Gang (Flickr)

Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler turns 72 today. Here are five of her memorable quotes.

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

I would advise any beginning writer to write the first drafts as if no one else will ever read them – without a thought about publication – and only in the last draft to consider how the work will look from the outside.

I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.

It seems to me that since I’ve had children, I’ve grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.

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?