Ten Quote Tuesday (#19)

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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

“Turn up for work. Discipline allows creative freedom. No discipline equals no freedom.” -Jeanette Winterson

“Write the poem only you can write.” -Billy Collins

“A plot begins when somebody has something to hide.” -Benjamin Black (John Banville)

“All the information you need can be given in dialogue.” -Elmore Leonard

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

“A little autobiography and a lot of imagination are best.” -Raymond Carver

“The art of fiction is freedom of will for your characters.” -Cynthia Ozick

“Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind.” -Jack Kerouac

“Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day.” -Norman Mailer

“Your job is to give people a reason to keep reading.” -Dave Barry

 

 

Writing Prompts

  • Start out a scene with this line: “It’s supposed to be the other twin that’s evil. Not me.”
  • Include these elements into a scene: a remote control, an elevator, a disco ball, and loneliness.
  • A scene where a fire dancer has an irrational fear of speaking in public.

 

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32 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#19)”

  1. Wow. I seriously needed to find these today! I’ve been ‘semi-struggling’ with the idea of how to open my novel with something interesting happening as opposed to giving a little bit of info as a setup to… something interesting happening.

    Then I saw the quote you posted by Elmore Leonard- ‘All the information you need can be given in dialogue.’ I just took a big gulp of air because this quote resonates, and more importantly, feels right. A few words added to the opening characters ‘inner dialogue’ and BAM, problem solved!

    The novel I’m currently editing and trying to bring in over the ‘finish line’ opens with about a page of ‘world data’, information I used to set things up. I’m willing to pull the first page and let the scene which immediately follows stand on its own … I’ll have to return with the verdict soon!

    Thanks for creating this post and providing these fantastic quotes. I know I’ve just been helped by both you and Elmore!

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  2. “The art of fiction is freedom of will for your characters.” -Cynthia Ozick

    I think my characters actually quoted this to me when I asked them to let me sleep. 🙂 Thanks for liking my post!

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  3. Staring at the disco ball in an empty club sipping my diluted whisky I find myself thinking : How I wish I have a remote control for some things that is happening and had happened in the past and there is an elevator I can take to bring me to the future so I can know in advance the mistakes I am about to make to be able to avoid them, that way I will not end up like this, sad and lonely.

    How’s that? 🙂

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  4. “A plot begins when somebody has something to hide.” I think I will write about the need for a ‘drama free’ life today, opening oneself up to all the eyes of the world, letting the truth hold us in love. Plotting in my love life seems to only cause pain…

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  5. Hello!
    That cover photo is beautiful!
    My favourite quote is: “A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader’s soul.” -Stendhal
    Plus…I wrote another one! I really enjoy the writing prompts! Thank you for uploading them!

    Start out a scene with this line: “It’s supposed to be the other twin that’s evil. Not me.”
    https://fsmithwrites.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/eddie-and-addie-a-tale-of-two-brothers/

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  6. Really great quotes! And the cover photo is very nice. I liked the following quotes

    “Write the poem only you can write.” -Billy Collins

    “A plot begins when somebody has something to hide.” -Benjamin Black (John Banville)

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

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  7. The last two…bang on. I did work on a story today. I knew very little about how the story would turn out or even what I wanted it to be about, but I did the work and came up with something I really like that I feel good about developing. I felt like a real writer then because I wrote without needing to be inspired. I wrote because I had a goal in mind (a submission deadline) and I needed to get something done. I love love love Ten Quote Tuesday. Very inspiring 🙂

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