“Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare has perhaps 20 players. I have 10 or so, and that’s a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at casting them.” — Gore Vidal
The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.
“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.” — Gustave Flaubert
“People say, ‘What advice do you have for people who want to be writers?’ I say, they don’t really need advice, they know they want to be writers, and they’re gonna do it. Those people who know that they really want to do this and are cut out for it, they know it.” — R.L. Stine
“A writer is a world trapped in a person.” — Victor Hugo
“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” — Annie Dillard
“It is perfectly okay to write garbage — as long as you edit brilliantly.” — C. J. Cherryh
“Wow, look at that,” Suzy whispered.
The Eagle watched with hooded eyes.
“He’s huge,” Bob agreed, bobbling slightly on his board.
“Don’t fall. You’ll scare him.”
“Nothing would scare him.” How could anything scare an eagle?
Suzy allowed herself to drift. She’d never been so close to a wild bird before, especially an eagle. Something about it made her feel a little wild and fierce inside.
They eventually paddled away from the bird, continuing their journey around the bay, both agreeing this was the best part of the trip.
“Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.” — Meg Rosoff
“You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” — Annie Proulx