Ten Quote Tuesday (#18)

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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

“Every book is the wreck of a perfect idea.” -Iris Murdoch

“Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn’t, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.” -Honore De Balzac

“There’s a marvelous sense of mastery that comes with writing a sentence that sounds exactly as you want it to.” -Susan Orlean

“Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.” -Robert Penn Warren

“Let me put this as delicately as I can: if you don’t read, your writing is going to suck.” -Kim Addonizio

“To remain pure, a novel has to cast a moral puzzle. Anything else is mere negotiation.” -Anita Brookner

“A piece of writing has to seduce the reader; it has to suspend disbelief and earn the reader’s trust.” -Po Bronson

“Sometimes, stories cry out to be told in such loud voices that you write them just to shut them up.” -Stephen King

“If I see an ending, I can work backward.” -Arthur Miller

“If you let conditions stop you from working, they’ll always stop you.” -James T. Farrell

 

Writing Prompts

  • Have a scene including a world class photographer who realizes he/she is slowly going blind.
  • Include all of these elements into a scene: time travel, hope, kittens, and a harmonica.
  • Begin your scene with this line: the circus looked very different with all the lights off.

 

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20 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#18)”

  1. “There’s a marvelous sense of mastery that comes with writing a sentence that sounds exactly as you want it to.” -Susan Orlean

    Very true. And it’s so much harder than the non-writer might assume.

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  2. “If I see an ending, I can work backward.” -Arthur Miller…I like this one but for some reason titles seem to be important to me. A lot of times my writing starts from a good title. When I don’t have one then it takes me twice as long to get my ideas out of my head and on the page. I have no idea why that is but it’s interesting.

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