Ten Quote Tuesday (#9)

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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.

 

Quotes

“No one writes anything worth writing unless he writes entirely for the sake of his subject.” -Arthur Schopenhauer

“It is not wise to violate the rules unless you know how to observe them.” -T.S. Eliot

“I don’t see how you can write anything of value if you don’t offend someone.” -Marvin Harris

“A little talent is a good thing to have…but the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” -Stephen King

“Tears are words that need to be written.” -Paulo Coelho

“People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.” -Anna Quindlen

“There is no iron that can enter the human heart with such stupefying effect as a period placed at just the right moment.” -Isaac Babel

“Writing doesn’t require drive. It’s like saying a chicken has to have drive to lay an egg.” -John Updike

“What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.” -Samuel Johnson

“Inspiration is for amateurs.” -Chuck Close

 

Writing Prompts

  • A person visits the hospital to run a series of tests and discovers something surprising about him/herself.
  • Someone impersonates a famous public speaker and is pressed to speak in front of a crowd for the first time. Play out the scene.

 

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23 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#9)”

  1. I love these two:
    “Writing doesn’t require drive. It’s like saying a chicken has to have drive to lay an egg.” -John Updike

    “What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.” -Samuel Johnson

    Especially positioned right next to one another, I think they work well together.

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  2. “Inspiration is for amateurs.” -Chuck Close. Initially, this quote sounds snarky or something. But, for me, what it means is if you are a Writer (capital W), you don’t wait for inspiration. You don’t complain when you aren’t inspired. You don’t use lack of inspiration as an excuse not to write. You write ANYWAY. That is much, much, much harder.

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  3. “What is written without effort is generally read without pleasure.” -Samuel Johnson

    So true. My best writing is that which comes from my heart because of an event that moves me, inspires me, shakes me up… The writing to some degree flows fast and free but also takes effort–not because I don’t know what to write, but because the subject is challenging. The writing that follows these moments is often my strongest. Thank you for sharing this inspirational list.

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  4. I am so behind this week, so needed the one about offending readers. Finding a balance between striking a chord with people and keeping them reading is something I’m feeling my way through.

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