“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Does your protagonist have a room without books?
A Good Day’s Work — Grandma Moses
I look back on my life like a good day’s work, it was done and I feel satisfied with it. I was happy and contented, I knew nothing better and made the best out of what life offered. And life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
Thanks to Ann Winfred for posting this quote on her blog: http://comingofagecroneicles.com/voices/
And for giving me permission to post it too.
I know Eisenhower was referring to preparing for battle, but to me, it works for writing as well.
For plotters his quote could be interpreted as the plot that was planned might be useless, i.,e. doesn’t work, but the planning was important to know what will work and what won’t. Planning can be similar to a trial run that opens up new ideas leading to an outstanding piece of work.
For pantzers, we writers who don’t plot but sit down and write what comes to us, in other words, we write by the seat of our pants, I have found Eisenhower’s quote works for me as well. Writing out a plot is useless, discouraging, and leaves me with a feeling the story is already written so I give up and go on to some other story idea. However, in my recent WIP, Norman in the Painting, I sit down and write, but I’ve planned a brief idea of what the action will be in that chapter. No outline, no note cards, nothing in writing, just a brief sentence in mind such as Arctarius tells Jill how Norman travels from his world to hers. I had to research multidimensions, parallel universes, and other details in order to have the correct terminology for Arctarius but after that, the chapter was up to him. I maintained the ability for surprises to occur, and they did, he didn’t let me down.
What is your process?
“The character that lasts is an ordinary guy with some extraordinary qualities.”
“When I graduated from high school I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library 3 days a week for 10 years.”
“Good writers define reality. Bad ones, merely restate it.” –Edward Albee
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. ”
“I think computer viruses should count as life … I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.”
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”
“Evolution has ensured that our brains just aren’t equipped to visualize 11 dimensions directly. However, from a purely mathematical point of view it’s just as easy to think in 11 dimensions, as it is to think in three or four.”
“It matters if you just don’t give up”
Stephen Hawking, born in 1942, is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.
“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
“Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.”
“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.”
“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
“The personal, if it deep enough, becomes universal, mythical, symbolic.”
Anais Nin born February 21, 1903 — January 14, 1977.