Ten Quote Tuesday (#31)



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.



“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing.” -Alan W. Watts

“A good story is always more dazzling than a broken piece of truth.” -Diane Setterfield

“If you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian unicorn while you’re at it? Go ahead. Nothing’s off limits. But the endless possibility of the genre is a trap. It’s easy to get distracted by the glittering props available to you and forget what you’re supposed to be doing: telling a good story. Don’t get me wrong, magic is cool. But a nervous mother singing to her child at night while something moves quietly through the dark outside her house? That’s a story. Handled properly, it’s more dramatic than any apocalypse or goblin army could ever be.” -Patrick Rothfuss

“One should use common words to say uncommon things.”
-Arthur Schopenhauer

“A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” -David Sedaris

“When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.” -Charles Baxter

“I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.” -P.G. Wodehouse

“Indeed, learning to write may be part of learning to read. For all I know, writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.” -Eudora Welty

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” -Carl Sagan

“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean–that’s the whole art and joy of words.” -C.S. Lewis


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

  1. The quotes of Charles Baxter and Carl Sagan are my favorites here. Baxter’s briefly assures the writer that frustration is normal, that no author creates a perfect first draft. Sagan’s quote, though rather long, is absolutely perfect. Breathtaking, even. The written word is quite possibly the most invaluable creation yet.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  2. Patrick Rothfuss’s quote explains why so many inexperienced writers write fantasy and sci-fit. It some ways these genres makes writing too easy. Need a way out of a jam? Make up a dimension-shifting gadget. Want someone to be in two places at once? Oh, yeah… forgot to tell you that she can do that because she’s from planet Xander. One of the challenges of great fiction is to make everything fit together without tricks or cop-outs – and make it believable.

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  3. “We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”
    ― Cassandra Clare

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  4. I especially like Charles Baxter’s quote. My goal in writing anything is to stretch readers at least a little, making them stick at least a toe outside their own experience and view the world just a little differently.

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  5. Carl Sagan. Nice.
    Frustrating thing for me is I am up to the final two chapters of this manuscript. Less than forty pages to go and then down to fixing the prose when an epiphany on another project popped up and now the ideas from that one will not stop coming in. Trying to regain the passion and focus for the first project.

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  6. “When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.” -Charles Baxter Very thought provoking


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