Ten Quote Tuesday (#6)



Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes and writing prompts to nudge awake the sleeping muse. If there is a particular quote you enjoyed, let us all know with your comments below.

Check out last week’s episode here.



“The novel is a territory where one does not make assertions; it is a territory of play and of hypotheses.” -Milan Kundera

“My foregrounds are imaginary, my backgrounds real.” -Gustave Flaubert

“Writing is an exercise in sculpture, chipping away at the rock until you find the nose.” -Stanley Elkin

“Writing is very much like bricklaying. You learn to put one brick on top of another and spread the mortar so thick.” -Red Smith

“I’ve found, in my own writing, that a little hatred, keenly directed, is a useful thing.” -Alice Walker

“Writing is like a sport. If you don’t practice, you don’t get any better.” -Rick Riordan

“You must be prepared to work always without applause.” -Ernest Hemingway

“Grasp the subject, and the words will follow.” -Cato The Elder

“Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better, as an enemy would.” -Zadie Smith

“A small daily task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.” -Anthony Trollope


Writing Prompts

  • On a couple’s wedding night, one of the two shares a secret.
  • A man cuts himself off from technology and society, living in the mountains. Detail what he ran away from.


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11 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#6)”

  1. “Writing is an exercise in sculpture, chipping away at the rock until you find the nose.” -Stanley Elkin

    My favorite…I feel like this when a new idea emerges…I have the thought, I then write it out in a stream of consciousness, and then the real work of editing begins…

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