For the first thing a writer should be is — excited.
Ray Bradbury, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 91, is best known as an unforgettable storyteller, whose fiction spanned a wide variety of genres (sci-fi, horror, fantasy, mystery). His novels and short story collections—in particular The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes and the dystopian classic Fahrenheit 451 — have become library favorites, revered by school children, book-club enthusiasts, and geeks of all ages. But perhaps my favorite of Bradbury’s books is Zen in the Art of Writing, his collection of short essays on the craft of writing. Throughout the book — which is part memoir, part writing seminar — Bradbury makes several strong claims about writing and creativity, claims that I believe can serve as helpful advice, if not iron-clad rules, for the beginning writer (and for even the more advanced scribe). Here are seven that I thought stood out:
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