Writing Advice from Ray Bradbury

“You fail only if you stop writing.”

Known for writing a short story every week, the late master of science fiction Ray Bradbury had a rather pragmatic philosophy when it came to writing, which he described in his book Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity, which is a must read for writers who need a bit of inspiration. Here is some of the best advice about the creative process of writers that can be found in any book.

“Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”

“I absolutely demand of you and everyone I know that they be widely read in every damn field there is; in every religion and every art form and don’t tell me you haven’t got time! There’s plenty of time. You need all of these cross-references. You never know when your head is going to use this fuel, this food for its purposes.”

“If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer. It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself. You don’t even know yourself. For the first thing a writer should be is – excited. He should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Without such vigor, he might as well be out picking peaches or digging ditches; God knows it’d be better for his health.”

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”

“Just type any old thing that comes into your head.”

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