Quotes by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Does your protagonist have a room without books?

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Tobias Wolff Quotes

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“There are very few professions in which people just sit down and think hard for five or six hours a day all by themselves. Of course it’s why you want to become a writer — because you have the liberty to do that, but once you have the liberty you also have the obligation to do it.”  Tobias Wolff
“In the very act of writing I felt pleased with what I did. There was the pleasure of having words come to me, and the pleasure of ordering them, re-ordering them, weighing one against another. Pleasure also in the imagination of the story, the feeling that it could mean something. Mostly I was glad to find out that I could write at all. In writing you work toward a result you won’t see for years, and can’t be sure you’ll ever see. It takes stamina and self-mastery and faith. It demands those things of you, then gives them back with a little extra, a surprise to keep you coming. It toughens you and clears your head. I could feel it happening. I was saving my life with every word I wrote, and I knew it.”  Tobias Wolff
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“I’m a survivor, ” I said. But I didn’t think that claim would carry much weight in an obituary.”  Tobias Wolff

Quote by Grandma Moses

A Good Day’s Work — Grandma Moses

grandma1I 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.

Quote About Plans in Writing

Action plan with tablet and penDwight D. Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

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?