Ten Quote Tuesday (#15)



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.



“I learned to write by writing.” -Neil Gaiman

“Writing is revision. All prose responds to work.” -Tracy Kidder

“A short story must have a single mood, and every sentence must build towards it.” -Edgar Allan Poe

“The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer.” -Steve Martin

“Nothing is new except arrangement.” -Will Durant

“Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.” -Bernard Malamud

“Writing is putting one’s obsessions in order.” -Jean Grenier

“Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.” -Pete Hamill

“The only pictures worth making are the ones that are playing with fire.” -Billy Wilder

“Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.” -Ray Bradbury


Writing Prompts

  • An avalanche erupts in an unlikely place.
  • Include all of these elements into one scene: wallflower, elephant, affection, dodge, and bad news.
  • An angel shows up at a pot-luck party with deviled eggs.


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26 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#15)”

  1. ¨I learned to write by writing.¨ – Neil Gaiman
    I like that quote because you won’t learn anything unless you ¨your self¨ do it.
    That’s how you learn.
    I learned how to write by writing and my writing grows stronger every time.
    That’s why you have to be consistent with it.

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    1. It is a great quote. There is this little taught truth that humans become better by practicing at everything. It’s not just playing baseball and learning sheet music. Applying this idea to things that most people associate only with “raw talent” is how people seem to really make it.

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  2. Go to the edge jump off and find your wings as you go down. Now this something I can wrap my head around. I don’t know any other way to learn. I’ve been this way all my life. To hear someone put into a quote makes me smile and yes, finally someone else gets it. Trial by fire. I can’t say how I’ve done all that have but from cooking to art to writing it’s all been that way. My passion for life fuels all my creativity. If you want something bad enough your wings will spread and you will fly. It’s not taking a long walk off a short pier but time, edge= wings.


  3. I like so many of these quotes it’s hard to know which to comment on. I particularly like the ones by Neil Gaiman, Tracy Kidder, Jean Grenier and Will Durant. All very true. I absolutely love the one by Ray Bradbury – an amazing image that makes ‘taking the plunge’ sound feeble by comparison.


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