Ten Quote Tuesday (#12)



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.



“A great novel is worth one thousand films.” -Oscar Hijuelos

“Kill the idea of the lone, suffering artist. Don’t make it any harder on yourself.” -Natalie Goldberg

“I’m not happy when I’m writing, but I’m more unhappy when I’m not.” -Fannie Hurst

“The art of fiction is freedom of will for your characters.” -Cynthia Ozick

“I find that writing is a constant battle with exactly the same problems you’ve always had.” -Douglas Adams

“Mystery is the basic element of all works of art.” -Luis Bunuel

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” -Voltaire

“Fiction shows the external effects of internal conditions. Be aware of the tension between internal and external movement.” -Raymond Carver

“If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you.” -Natalie Goldberg

“What is to give light must endure burning.” -Viktor Frankl


Writing Prompts

  • The first instance where sarcasm was invented.
  • Include all of these elements in one scene: elevator, fear, umbrella, surprise, animal, and companionship.
  • A world where wars are decided by sports competitions and victories.


Be sure to stop by the Writer’s Toolbox for free, useful tools that no author should go without. If you enjoyed this post, consider subscribing via email to have future posts delivered to you. Image courtesy of Caitlin Regan via Flickr, Creative Commons.


22 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#12)”

  1. I think I’ll take a shot at that middle prompt.
    –>Include all of these elements in one scene: elevator, fear, umbrella, surprise, animal, and companionship.
    Great quotes, too.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. As I do so often, I find most of these quotes very meaningful. To pick out one or two isn’t easy, but I really do like – and agree with – the ones by Fannie Hurst, Douglas Adams and Viktor Frankl. The first one, by Oscar Hijuelos is good, too, though perhaps a little exaggerated!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s