Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your muse feels a little groggy, these quotes and writing prompts might help. Last week, we held this on a Thursday in order to schedule the interview with Alison Bliss on the day of her book debut. In the comments below, share with us which quote you like the most.
“That’s very nice if they want to publish you, but don’t pay too much attention to it. Just continue to write.” -Natalie Goldberg
“What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.” -Samuel Johnson
“The less conscious one is of being a writer, the better the writing.” -Pico Iyer
“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” -Orson Scott Card
“Don’t try to visualize the great mass audience. There is no such audience—every reader is a different person.” -William Zinsser
“Stories do not end.” -Anais Nin
“I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Writing is my way of making other chances.” -Anne Tyler
“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.” -Terry Pratchett
“Writing is like a sport; it’s like athletics. If you don’t practice, you don’t get any better.” -Rick Riordan
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” -Leonardo Da Vinci
1. Take a recent scene in your WIP, and have the character realize mid-scene that all this has happened before. Explain away how he/she could have forgotten it since.
2. Your protagonist wakes one morning to find a paper bag filled with money sitting inside his/her front door. By the end of the scene explain how it got there. If you have a good zing, share with us a paragraph of it in the comment section.
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