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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“Panicky despair is an underrated element of writing.” -Dave Barry

“I think that perhaps if I had had to slow down the ideas so that I could capture them on paper, I might have stifled some of them.” -J.K. Rowling

“There are people who think that things that happen in fiction do not really happen. These people are wrong.” -Neil Gaiman

“Play around. Dive into absurdity and write. Take chances. You will succeed if you are fearless of failure.” -Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

“End with an image and don’t explain.” -Stanley Kunitz, The Collected Poems

“Every word first looks around in every direction before letting itself be written down by me.” -Franz Kafka

“Good writing works from a simple premise: your experience is not yours alone, but in some sense a metaphor for everyone’s.” -Dorianne Laux, The Poet’s Companion: A Guide To The Pleasures Of Writing Poetry

“A big enough artist, I say, can eat anything, must eat everything and then alchemize it. Only the feeble writer is afraid of expansion.” -Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

“Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world…enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.” -Abraham Lincoln, Speeches And Letters Of Abraham Lincoln, 1832

“You learn to write by writing and by reading and thinking about how writers have created their characters and invented their stories. If you are not a reader, don’t even think about being a writer.” -Jean M. Auel