The Wisdom of Cats (Rosalind Welcher) | #quotes

For this edition of The Wisdom of Cats let’s turn to American writer Rosalind Welcher.

No one can have experienced to the fullest the true sense of achievement and satisfaction who has never pursued and successfully caught his tail.

Photo provided by and Andreas Krappweis

Photo provided by Andreas Krappweis

As a writer I sometimes feel as if I’m chasing my tail. For example, when the story isn’t unfolding the way I planned and I try and try to get it back on track. It is at those times that it is good to remind oneself that there are multiple paths to the same destination. Outlines are great! Just don’t let them limit your imagination.

As I’ve said before, follow your instinct. Veer from the path you planned and you’ll catch your tail. Nothing beats the satisfaction of typing ‘the end’ (or catching your tail) knowing you’ve let the story naturally and honestly unfold.

  • What if you don’t have a tail? Teasing, teasing. Point taken. 😉

  • Michele Jones

    I know that feeling. That’s good advice, even for the experienced writer.

  • And don’t forget… cats have nine lives, so if one idea is dead in the water, move onto another; you have the “lives” to spare. 😉