Ten Quote Tuesday (#13)



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.



“Nouns and verbs are the guts of the language. Beware of covering up with adjectives and adverbs.” -A.E. Guthrie Jr.

“Write a little every day, without hope and without despair.” -Isak Dinesen

“Never be afraid to make a fool of yourself. The furthest out you can go is the best place to be.” -Tom Robbing

“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” -Orson Welles

“Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.” -Mario Vargas Llosa

“I say the sentences again and again in my head until they sound right.” -Martin Amis

“If I can tell you the story from beginning to end in five minutes, I’m ready to start writing.” -Richard Price

“Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.” -John Cleese

“You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.” -Truman Capote

“Confront the dark parts of yourself. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” -August Wilson


Writing Prompts

  • A snake-oil salesman touts a miracle cure.
  • Start your story with this sentence: “every morning I wake up in the same hole.”
  • A psychic pizza delivery woman gets an odd feeling when standing outside of a particular home.


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30 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#13)”

  1. This has always been a favorite: “Write a little every day, without hope and without despair.” -Isak Dinesen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the August Wilson quote before and that’s definitely climbing the favorite ladder. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I really enjoyed reading these quotes–the nouns and verbs guts is great advice; and Capote is so right–in my unfinished novel, I’m sometimes astounded at what my characters say….

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  3. Wonderful list! I especially like Martin Amis, with a small difference. I read what I’ve written out loud, no matter what it is. If the cadence is right, it won’t be difficult to read. If there’s ambiguity, it will suddenly appear!


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