Are You At War?

I’m reading The Art Of War For Writers by James Scott Bell. Oh.My.Goodness! This is such a good book. What I like about it are the short chapters, full of words that motivate and inspire. It is based on the book The Art of War by Sun Tzu, written well before Christ. Sun Tzu wrote about war and the tactics and strategies needed to win wars. Well, that is what Bell’s book is, but for writers regarding the writing life.

It is divided up into three sections:

1. Reconnaissance: about the mental game of writing.

2. Tactic: about the craft of writing

3. Strategy: about the business of writing (publishing)

Today I want to add a few of my favorite quotes from the first section, Reconnaissance.

“The writers of great books zealously learn the craft of their profession so they can release the power and depth of their imagination and experience.” p. 11

“Every moment spent whining about your writing career is a moment of creative energy lost.” p. 27

“Determine that you will act as if you had no fear. Act as if you are a successful writer. Don’t do this with arrogance, but with determination.” p. 30

“Finish your novel, because you learn more that way than any other.” p. 65

Aren’t those great quotes? Seriously, this book is a MUST for every writer. It is not a “how to” book, but a book that fills in the gaps and highlights the important stuff for writers. There is so much good stuff in this one!

27 responses to “Are You At War?”

  1. Those are fabulous quotes! I ordered that book from Amazon and should be getting it any day!!

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  2. Wow, that sounds like a really intriguing book!

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  3. Ooh, sounds interesting. This might be one writing book that I have to check out. : )

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  4. I'm itching to start reading! All these rave reviews are piercing.

    I'm finishing up Fire In Fiction and then this is next.

    Love the quotes, everyone spurs me on.

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  5. Great quotes, sounds like my kind of book!

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  6. So great! I need to read this book!

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  7. This book has been on my Amazon wish list forever. I need to bite the bullet and order it. I need some re-energizing!

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  8. I love the comment about finishing the novel. I'm in trouble though … I have 3 other manuscripts started … UGH! 🙂

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  9. This one's been on my radar for awhile; thanks to Sara I'll be using my Borders gift card to buy it any day now! 🙂 I've heard good things from multiple people.

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  10. How cool! I'm going to look for that.

    ~Kendrabelle

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  11. Those ARE great quotes. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm gonna have to check out this book. Sounds amazing.

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  12. I need to add this book to my library. Thanks for sharing the quotes!

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  13. Thanks for sharing. I loved his book on Plot & Structure, so I'll definitely check this one out.

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  14. I'm always on the lookout for books to help me with my writing. I'll definitely check this one out!

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  15. I loved this book. There's just something about the way Bell distills things down until they are pure and clear.

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  16. This book is on my list! Should go ahead and get it.

    Thanks for pushing it to the finalist column!

    Blessings,
    patti

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  17. Wow, this sounds amazing! I'm going to add it to my list of books to read.

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  18. I've heard so many good things about this one, I'm definitely going to buy it!

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  19. Sounds so encouraging! Thanks for the review. :O)

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  20. This book is awesome! Thanks, Sherrinda!

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  21. Ever since I read his book, Plot & Structure in the Write Great Fiction series, I've been a huge fan of his. I bought that book, and have recently ordered this one as well. He is, by far, the best writer's writer that I've read.

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  22. I hadn't heard of this book! Thanks for posting about it — definitely sounds like a must read.

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  23. Hi Sherrinda –

    Short quotes stick in my memory. James Scott Bell is an expert at giving wonderful nuggets.

    Thanks for the review.

    Blessings,
    Susan 🙂

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  24. I'll have to put that one on my Amazon wishlist. I've heard he writes good books on writing. Previously, I'd considered buying one of his others on plot. Thanks for sharing. They make me inspired already. 🙂

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  25. I think I am going to have to order that book! I have heard such good things about it. Thanks fro sharing those bits. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  26. Inspiring I am definitely going to have to buy this and read it!

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  27. Thank you for this post! I've been looking for this book, but did not know the author and could only find the original work on war.

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