Ten Quote Tuesday (#14)

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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

“Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.” -Kurt Vonnegut

“We write by the light of every story we have ever read.” -Richard Peck

“Why do writers write? Because it isn’t there.” -Thomas Berger

“Something that you feel will find its own form.” -Jack Kerouac

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” -Jules Renard

“A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader’s soul.” -Stendhal

“Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.” -Hunter S. Thompson

“Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” -Annie Proulx

“Lie. Put down on paper the most interesting lies you can imagine . . . and then make them plausible.” -Chris Bohjalian

“Storytelling trumps beautiful writing every time.” -Lisa Cron

 

Writing Prompts

  • Include all of these elements into one scene: a jazz band, a jar of nickels, and an arrest warrant.
  • Someone in modern times invents a social dynamic that has been around for hundreds of years in the “real” world.
  • Someone takes a trivia question a little too seriously.

 

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25 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#14)”

  1. Ooh, I like all of these quotes, especially the ones by Richard Peck, Annie Proulx, and Kurt Vonnegut. And the one by Stendhal, of course, because that quote combines two of my favorite things: books and violins. 🙂

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  2. I think the one by Annie Proulx is very true and I fully agree with what Lisa Cron says. I also like the one by Kurt Vonnegut. All good stories must have at least one character to root for. Hunter S. Thompson makes a very good point, too.

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  3. I play the violin and I want to try writing that’s why this quote got my attention “A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader’s soul.” -Stendhal 🙂

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  4. All great quotes, particularly ” no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money”. But the one that grabbed my attention was, “Lie. Put down on paper the most interesting lies you can imagine . . . and then make them plausible.” Yeah!

    And I liked your writing prompts… might just give the first one a spin. 🙂

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  5. “Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” -Annie Proulx

    This is what I tell everyone who wants to write.

    Thanks for the like. 🙂

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  6. You’re the man of cool imagination … I like you Ryan Lanz. If you live in New York, let’s get together. I’m a writer (novelist) and have a look at my blog. It’s a VERY different imaginative perspective. But let me just tell you how much I love the concept of days: Quote Day, Spot a Local Day (Okay, you have to live in New York for that one).

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