QOD: Ray Bradbury on writing

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To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.

You must write every single day of your life.

You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.

You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.

I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.

May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories – science fiction or otherwise.

Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.

Thanks Melissa!

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I recommend ‘Zen in the Art of Writing’ by Bradbury. It’s a short read, but full of this sort of inspirational stuff.

He was a brilliant writer, and courageous, too.

One lesson he had to give was that if you are going to be a rebel, prepare to be a loner.


Writing can be hard. It’s good to know that there are other writers out there who werestle with the same problems we all do. Keep up the good work Zak.



You’re very welcome. That seems a good rule of conduct for anyone who loves the arts.