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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“Introductions inhibit pleasure, kill the joy of anticipation, frustrate curiosity.” -Harper Lee
“Dialogue should show the relationships among people.” -Elizabeth Bowen
“What I don’t write is as important as what I write.” -Jamaica Kincaid
“To write simply is as difficult as to be good.” -Somerset Maugham
“What I adore is supreme professionalism. I’m bored by writers who can write only when it’s raining.” -Noel Coward
“I think it’s important to leave spaces in a story for readers to fill in from their own experience.” -Annie Proulx
“Any time two characters are talking about a third, the scene is a crock of s***.” -David Mamet
“Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.” -W.H. Auden
“If there is no possibility for change in a character, we have no interest in him.” -Flannery O’ Connor
“A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.” -Sydney Smith
- Include all these elements into a scene: sports tickets, a candle, discouragement, and drawing.
- Have a scene with a self-conscious politician.
- Start your scene with this line: I don’t remember my birthdays.
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