Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity is 170 pages of pure fun.
Mr. Bradbury advocates play as a means of freeing the subconscious, and encourages the writer to relax into the art of writing.
- You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
- The first thing a writer should be is--excited.
- Passion often saves the day.
- Life is short, misery sure, mortality certain. But on the way, in your work, why not [incorporate] Zest and Gusto.
- Read poetry every day of your life.
- What we [writers] are trying to do is find a way to release the truth that lies in all of us.
- Can we borrow cups of fire from the sun? We can and must and light the world.
He says: “there are two arts: number one, getting the [story] done; and then, the second great art is learning how to cut it so you don’t kill it or hurt it in any way.”
And: “The artist learns what to leave out.”
This collection of essays doesn’t delve into craft mechanics, but does provide an encouraging overview of the creative journey.