Five Great Quotations about Story Ideas

“The more intently you seek out story ideas, the likelier you will find them and know what to do with the ideas that you encounter – that is the most important lesson to learn about getting ideas for stories.” – Fred White

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

“Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.” – Willa Cather

“I have stolen ideas from every book I have ever read.” – Philip Pullman

“One writes such a story not out of the leaves of trees still to be observed, nor by means of botany and soil-science; but it grows like a seed in the dark out of the leaf-mold of the mind: out of all that has been seen or thought or read, that has long ago been forgotten, descending into the deeps. No doubt there is much personal selection, as with a gardener: what one throws on one’s personal compost-heap; and my mold is evidently made largely of linguistic matter.” – J. R. R. Tolkien