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“You just have got to be brave enough to start…” Tom Stoppard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

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I feel that when I began writing, I had a need to know more about the play before I got into it. I think that’s the way I was thinking. But my actual experience is that the best way to find out what the structure is, is by writing the play out laterally. You just have got to be brave enough to start without knowing where you are going.
Tom Stoppard

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10 comments on ““You just have got to be brave enough to start…” Tom Stoppard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  1. Jennie
    December 31, 2017

    Yes!

    • bridget whelan
      January 1, 2018

      Double yes! As long as you think of that first draft as writing for yourself. And all those words are still as soft as clay – something you can mould and build on and take whole chunks away.

      • Jennie
        January 1, 2018

        Well said, and exactly right.

  2. Mira Prabhu
    December 31, 2017

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    You just have got to be brave enough to start without knowing where you are going.
    Tom Stoppard

  3. Daniel Kemp
    December 31, 2017

    Absolutely true! In only one case I have known where a story would finally take me and that was when I was writing a sequel, but even then I was never sure where the journey to the end would go.

  4. patriciaruthsusan
    December 31, 2017

    Thanks for this great quote. 🙂 — Suzanne

  5. Sheila M. Good, Author
    January 3, 2018

    My favorite quote from Tom Stoddard – “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.” Tom Stoppard. thanks for sharing another great quote. @sheilamgood at Cow Pasture Chronicles

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