Ten Quote Tuesday (#29)

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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

“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ ” – Jef Mallett

“Learn to trust our own judgment…learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad–including your own bad.” – Doris Lessing

“Dare to tell the smallest of stories if you want to generate large emotions.” – William Zinsser

“The joy is in the surprise. It can be as small as a felicitous coupling of noun and adjective.” – Ian McEwan

“Look, don’t just stare at the pages…become the characters. Live inside the book.” – Wally Lamb

“Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.” – William Howard Taft

“You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.” – William Gibson

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” – Paulo Coelho

“The reader is a friend, not an adversary, and not a spectator.” – Jonathan Franzen

“There is no iron that can enter the human heart with such stupefying effect as a period placed at just the right moment.” – Isaac Babel

 

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18 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#29)”

    1. I like this quote but find it humorous coming from an author who loves to sidetrack otherwise character driven narratives with a surplus of information on warblers, government espionage filler, etc.

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  1. Some good ones today, I think my favourite is:

    “Learn to trust our own judgment…learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad–including your own bad.” – Doris Lessing

    Thanks…as ever

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  2. Reblogged this on Dharma and Belligerence: Mad Rants from a Free-Range Buddhist Hooligan and commented:
    “You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work.” – William Gibson

    So, you’re suggesting I shouldn’t lock all copies and digital files of my writing in this abandoned warehouse down the road and send the whole thing up in a glorious pyre? Hmmm…well played, Mister Gibson…well played…

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  3. Where do you find your quotes? i am such a lover of quotes. Many are what shape my attitude and armor me for adventure. I particularly relate to William Gibson’s quote – “You must learn to overcome your natural and appropriate revulsion of your own work.” I dare say, one way I am learning to do this is through my blog (Historical Fiction Addicts). I am putting my revolting writing up and hoping, like Paulo Ceolho stated, that my nakedness is socially acceptable 🙂

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