Ten Quote Tuesday (#24)

M Moller

 

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

“A good book is an event in my life.” – Stendhal

“If the muse is late, start without her.” – Unknown

“Art is craft, not inspiration.” – Stephen Sondheim

“Write . . . as if you’ll never be read. That way you’ll be sure to tell the truth.” – Lori Lansens

“I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.” – E.M. Forster

“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.” – René Descartes

“I was with book, as a woman is with child.” – C.S. Lewis

“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” – Carol Burnett

“Above all things–read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.” – Ngaio Marsh

 

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28 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#24)”

  1. “Above all things–read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.” — Great advice. I would add “And writhe in envy, that’s the only way to learn”.

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  2. “I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.” – E.M. Forster

    Love this quote. Have never heard it before. But that’s exactly what happened to me with “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. Ripped my bloody heart out!

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  3. “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” – Terry Pratchett

    I’ve been considering writing a novel for a while. It’s great to hear words of wisdom on the topic from a master like Terry Pratchett!

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  4. “I was with book, as a woman is with child.” – C.S. Lewis
    I really like this quote.
    When I am reading, I treat the book with great care.
    Also, are you no longer continuing with the prompts, or is my computer playing up?

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  5. Terry Pratchett nails it.
    One of my favorites: “Don’t loaf and invite inspiration: light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it.” -Jack London

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  6. I love the “I was with book, as a woman is with child.” – C.S. Lewis, quote. Sums it up really. Writing the book is like going through a pregnancy, editing is like the labour (and it really IS a labour) and letting it out into the world when you publish it is like giving birth. You hope with all your heart that it will be treated kindly.

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  7. Just love the quote” I was with book, as a woman is with child.” – C.S. Lewis. I remember well those books , they are the ones that stay with me long after reading them. I wrote an article about this when I first started blogging here . Brilliant quote and one I had not heard before.
    Happy Days to you. Kathy.

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  8. “If the muse is late, write without her” Me likey! hhh

    I gotta say that I don’t always find it in me to write. Once I know how the story is gonna play out, it sometimes loses its appeal. Some other times, it’s just that I lack the desire to write (bad day or whatever)… but hey, if I’ve promised my readers a chapter on Xday, I will write the freaking chapter, depressed or not.

    There’s a saying in Fr that translates to “appetite comes with eating” & that’s how it is really. Once you start writing, you’ll get into it soon enough.

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