Ten Quote Tuesday (#45)



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 test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters–the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell together, as quickly as possible.” -Mark Twain

“I see things, that’s all. Write enough stories and every shadow on the floor looks like a footprint; every line in the dirt like a secret message.” -Stephen King

“Read everything. Read fiction and non-fiction; read hot best sellers and the classics you never got around to in college.” -Jennifer Weiner

“The first thing you have to know about writing is that it is something you must do everyday. There are two reasons for this rule: getting the work done and connecting with your unconscious mind.” -Walter Mosley

“Writing is really a way of thinking–not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” -Toni Morrison

“A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.” -Raymond Chandler

“On the whole, stories don’t write themselves.” -Neil Gaiman

“A deadline is, simply put, optimism in its most kick-ass form. It’s a potent force that, when wielded with respect, will level any obstacle in its path. This is especially true when it comes to creative pursuits.” -Chris Baty

“Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.” -Mark Twain

“A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.” -Isaac B. Singer



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13 thoughts on “Ten Quote Tuesday (#45)

  1. “A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.” -Raymond Chandler
    The sentiment of this quote is so true. As writers, we are charged with not just finding words to piece together into telling about characters, conflict, and resolution. We are charged, too, with finding the RIGHT words, vaporizing them into the readers mind with clever syntax, metaphor, and any other necessary literary device, so that together the RIGHT words might cool again into a fluid collection of ink (pixels) on paper (screens) that moves the reader to an intended emotion, reflection, or change of perspective. Plus, I’m a sucker for alliteration. 🙂


  2. Taking the Jennifer Weiner and Walter Mosley quotes to heart. i need to read more and then write every day… not just when I’m in the mood.


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