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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“An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.” -Gustave Flaubert

“The trouble with writing fiction is that it has to make sense, whereas real life doesn’t.” -Iain M. Banks

“The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

“An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Writing is both mask and unveiling.” -E.B. White

“Writers write while dreamers procastinate. ” -Besa Kosova

“If you want to be a writer, you have to write every day… You don’t go to a well once but daily. You don’t skip a child’s breakfast or forget to wake up in the morning…” -Walter Mosley

“I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote nine more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organizations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book.” -Beth Revis

“Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.” -Salman Rushdie

“What amazes me is that most days feel useless. I don’t seem to accomplish anything–just a few pages, most of which don’t seem very good. Yet, when I put all those wasted days together, I somehow end up with a book of which I’m very proud.” -Louis Sachar


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