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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“The only thing worth writing about is people. People. Human beings. Men and women whose individuality must be created, line by line, insight by insight. If you do not do it, the story is a failure. […] There is no nobler chore in the universe than holding up the mirror of reality and turning it slightly, so we have a new and different perception of the commonplace, the everyday, the ‘normal,’ the obvious. People are reflected in the glass.” -Harlan Ellison
“We are great writers on the same dreadful typewriter.” -Allen Ginsberg
“You know how writers are…they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves.” -Orson Scott Card
“Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room alone and doing it. Putting words on paper that have never been there in quite that way before.” -William Goldman
“Loneliness sometimes gives me a quantity of creativeness–you’re drinking another glass of wine and you’re feeling even worse. Art doesn’t work without pain; art also exists for compensating pain.” -Till Lindemann
“The job of the writer is to take a close and uncomfortable look at the world they inhabit, the world we all inhabit, and the job of the novel is to make the corpse stink.” -Walter Mosley
“Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, and fall into a vortex, as she expressed it, writing away at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished, she could find no peace.” -Louisa May Alcott
“Throw up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.” -Raymond Chandler
“Don’t say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.” -Mark Twain
“You see, in my view, a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” -Junot Díaz
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