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.
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“Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.” -Elmore Leonard
“I write because I want more than one life; I insist on a wider selection. It’s greed, plain and simple.” -Anne Tyler
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” -Sylvia Plath
“If you want to know your characters better, ask yourself: “How would they behave in a quarrel?” -Barnaby Conrad
“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.” -Beatrix Potter
“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” -Muriel Rukeyser
“Fiction shows the external effects of internal conditions. Be aware of the tension between internal and external movement.” -Raymond Carver
“There is a rule for fantasy writers: the more truth you mix in with a lie, the stronger it gets.” -Diane Duane
“Technique alone is not enough. You have to have passion. Technique alone is just an embroidered potholder.” -Raymond Chandler
“My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.” -Susan Sontag
- A scene about two people fighting over a cube of paint.
- A human cage built without a lock.
- Start your scene with this line: I found life’s instruction manual.
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