Ten Quote Tuesday (#23)

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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

“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

 

Writing Prompts

  • 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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31 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#23)”

  1. All the quotes are great! But these two are my favourites:
    “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

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  2. My favorite: “A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.” Smith could apply it to more than just talent. Here’s my tweak: “A great deal is lost to the world for want of a little courage.”

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  3. “Dialogue should show the relationships among people.” -Elizabeth Bowen
    My favorite because the reader should be able to feel the connection between characters otherwise you’ll be lost when a twist comes. If two characters loathe each other I want to know.

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  4. I really can relate to and take encouragement from the quote from Sydney Smith. It does take courage to put ourselves out there, to test our talents and be open to criticism (and hopefully some praise). Keeping using your talents, dear writers, for you are so courageous when you do! For more encouragement as you write, visit my blog at kellylynnereimer.wordpress.com

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  5. I find David Mamet’s quote more than a bit ironic/timely as I just posted a dialog in which three characters are discussing a fourth. Perhaps Mr. Mamet would find that a bit more acceptable.

    Ah well… continuing down the twisty turn paths of writing style that all look the same.

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  6. I think I might take up that first writing prompt! I could definitely do a little short story about those, although fitting sports tickets and a candle into the same scene might be difficult. Maybe if someone is asking someone else out on a date… hmm… I’ve got this! I’ll scribble down the beginnings of it tomorrow. : )

    http://kamrynthewanderer.wordpress.com/

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