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.
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“A story has no beginning or end. Arbitrarily, one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.” -Graham Greene
“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” -Winston S. Churchill
“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.” -Tim O’Brien
“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success–but only if you persist.” -Isaac Asimov
“Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up.” -Stephen King
“Wasn’t writing a kind of soaring, an achievable form of flight, of fancy, of the imagination?” -Ian McEwan
“Good fiction creates its own reality.” -Nora Roberts
“After writing a story, I was always empty and both sad and happy, as though I had made love, and I was sure this was a very good story although I would not know truly how good until I read it over the next day.” -Ernest Hemingway
“Put down everything that comes into your head and then you’re a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.” -Colette (Casual Chance, 1964)
“That’s all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones.” -Raymond Carver
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