Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Zen and the Art of Writing.

I've been re-reading an old book by Ray Bradbury recently - 'Zen and the Art of Writing'. Although it's quite old fashioned in lots of ways, it seems to me that good writing advice never goes out of fashion. Mr Bradbury talks avidly about feeding your muse by lots of reading and writing ( any kind of writing) and I guess that would include - in this day and age - writing on blogs and webs! I often wonder what writers of the forties and fifties would make of the publishing/writing world of today...
In this book Mr Bradbury also talks about the childhood fears that gave rise to his blockbuster novels and short stories, including his fear of circuses and his interest in sci fi which gave rise to 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and 'The Martian Chronicles'. I think we could all take another look at what makes us the people we are so we can utilise our fears and inspirations to give our stories the ultimate ring of truth.
What a wonderful writer and what an insightful book - well worth a re-read...

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