Ten Quote Tuesday (#26)

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Welcome to another installment of Ten Quote Tuesday! If your creative juices have trouble flowing today, then read these quotes 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

“Pick a better verb. Most people use twenty verbs to describe everything from a run in their stocking to the explosion of an A-bomb.” – Janet Fitch

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” – Joseph Heller

“I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories.” – Washington Irving

“Don’t try to visualize the great mass audience. There is no such audience—every reader is a different person.” – William Zinsser

“I want a language that speaks the truth.” – Studs Terkel

“Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure.” – Natalie Goldberg

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” – Erica Jong

“I consider the process of gestation just as important as when you’re actually sitting down putting words to the paper.” – Wole Soyinka

“Some stories are true that never happened.” – Elie Wiesel

“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.” – Neil Gaiman

 

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26 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#26)”

  1. Interesting selection of quotes here. I read some advice from Pat Barker today that has made me feel more inclined to just get typing away, without the fear that what I create must be perfect or else it’s a waste of time. She says: “You have to treat your drafts as garbage that can be cut up, pasted, torn into strips, recycled, anything. It almost amounts to writing the book you don’t want to write in order to uncover the book that you do want to write.” Freewriting, here I come.

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  2. I am a fairly new fan of your site and Ten Quote Tuesdays – my1st favorite for today would be “Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure.” – Natalie Goldberg””- I appreciate all you have shared to help become a better writer and as I have spent the past two days revising my site trusting to finish by the end of the week- because of failure – I am glad to hear being fearless of failure will lead to success.-

    I will continue to write working towards success- so my second quote from today that helped to ease my stress-“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” – Joseph Heller”

    Happy Tuesday and Thank you again for all that you do

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  3. Hard to choose one (they’re all great), so I’ll take two.

    “Play around. Dive into absurdity and write…”

    “Everyone has talent. What is rare is courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”

    Both exceptional and inspirational, and I tend to follow those pieces of advice with my own work.

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  4. Erica Jong’s quote is my fav this time around. What she said is not only true but also encouraging. I’m gonna have to write it down on a stick note so that it joins the ones adorning my desk already.

    Thank you for sharing. I don’t remember thanking you before, but please know that I enjoy your blog greatly ^^

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