Ten Quote Tuesday (#16)



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 writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories.” -John Irving

“We are the species that clamors to be lied to.” -Joyce Carol Oates

“I like to compare my method with that of painters centuries ago, proceeding from layer to layer.” -Alberto Moravia

“It is not the object described that matters, but the light that falls on it.” -Boris Pasternak

“I’m probably more interested in sentences than anything else in life.” -Tom Robbins

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” -Pearl S. Buck

“Give yourself time to get better.” -Sue Grafton

“Daily life is always extraordinary when rendered precisely.” -Bonnie Friedman

“I suppress in my prose any language which calls attention to itself.” -Jerzy Kosinski

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” -Jim Carrey


Writing Prompts

  •  A celebrity who realizes that he/she doesn’t actually exist.
  •  Include all of these elements into a scene: a beer cart, a letter opener, happiness, and a peacock.
  • A recovering alcoholic is now addicted to flavored water.


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16 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#16)”

  1. Ryan, really loved many of these quotes! What a great group. In particular, this one: “It is not the object described that matters, but the light that falls on it.” -Boris Pasternak. I knew many of the other authors, I had to Google Boris (he’s an iconic Russian poet and author in the early to mid 20th century). With one image, he describes the type of visual art and writing that I enjoy consuming, as well as what I strive for in my own work–subtlety, nuance, suggestion, versus obvious, over-explained, one-dimensional. I might just have to dig up some of his poems. Thank you.

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  2. Really liking the Robbins, Buck, and especially the Kosinski quote. There’s too much work out there that celebrates itself rather than create a truly vivid image. I’ll make a story out of the random elements again too, that was pretty fun before.

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