Ten Quote Tuesday (#35)

Sodanie Chea


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.



“The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows.” -Stephen King

“Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” -Jules Renard

“A short story must have a single mood, and every sentence must build towards it.” -Edgar Allan Poe

“Was not writing poetry a secret transaction, a voice answering a voice?” -Virginia Woolf

“Because this business of becoming conscious, of being a writer, is ultimately about asking yourself, ‘How alive am I willing to be?’ ” -Anne Lamott

“That’s what fiction is for. It’s for getting at the truth when the truth isn’t sufficient for the truth.” -Tim O’Brien

“A story was a form of telepathy. By means of inking symbols onto a page, she was able to send thoughts and feelings from her mind to her reader’s. It was a magical process, so commonplace that no one stopped to wonder at it.” -Ian McEwan

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself… It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon but of his divine discontent.” -Harper Lee

“Writing fiction is the act of weaving a series of lies to arrive at a greater truth.” -Khaled Hosseini

“A poem begins with a lump in the throat, a homesickness or a love sickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression, an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost


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12 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#35)”

  1. A quote from Robert Frost is always a good thing. I also like the ones from Tim O’Brien and Khaled Hosseini. Actually, they’re all good, but those are my favorites at this moment.


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