Ten Quote Tuesday (#7)



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 trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.” -Harlan Ellison

“Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean ‘More people died’ don’t say ‘Mortality rose.’ ” -C.S. Lewis

“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity.” -T.S. Eliot

“The biggest laughs are based on the biggest disappointments and the biggest fears.” -Kurt Vonnegut

“The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.” -Isaac Bashevis Singer

“We are the species that clamors to be lied to.” -Joyce Carol Oates

“I always start out with an idea, even a boring idea, that becomes a question I don’t have answers to.” -Toni Morrison

“I almost always urge people to write in the first person. Writing is an act of ego and you might as well admit it.” William Zinsser

“There is a rule for fantasy writers: the more truth you mix in with a lie, the stronger it gets.” -Diane Duane

“Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different.” -John Scalzi


Writing Prompts

  • A sports athlete realizes that he/she cannot continue for a very particular reason.
  • In your WIP, take a recent scene and change a character’s flavor and mannerism based on what he/she notices in the room.


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10 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#7)”

  1. “Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different.” -John Scalzi …
    I think our biggest fear is Rejection … but to know its more common than we would like to believe … kind of makes me less self conscious of my own writing. I guess its also more comfortable to know that writing, and rejection is just all a common process.

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  2. I like the first quote. The second part is undoubtedly true – although I can’t say from experience yet, as I’m still working hard on the ‘becoming’ aspect of the first part! The last quote, though, is the one that grabs me the most, and I entirely agree with what ccamie says. A great quote and a great answer.

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