Z is for… Zen in the Art of Writing (Ray Bradbury) (Book)
The last of my two last A-Z challenge posts – my other post this morning was about zombies and I think I feel like one now (next year I WILL complete most if not all of my blog posts before hand and schedule them – I will also pick a much easier and shorter topic – sorry so many posts including this one have been up a little late – what can I say I’m busy!).
Anyway the Z post for my PhD challenge is a review of another book on writing by a writer.
This is one of my early purchases and it was inspired by seeing someone’s signature line with the quote:
‘You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.’
For Ray writing was seen as a tonic or cure to the stresses of everyday life – to not write was to die.
I’m guessing he may have been a pantser type by this quote: ‘In quickness is truth. The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are. In hesitation is thought. In delay comes the effort for a style, instead of leaping upon truth which is the only style worth deadfalling or tiger-trapping.’
‘The problem for any writer in any field is being circumcised by what has gone before…’
Is this an unhealthy relationship maybe within writing?
I’m going to enjoy this series of essays – he also recommends Dorothea Brande’s Becoming a Writer which I recently bought.
The zen part is about relaxing into your writing work – I love this quote which is very very OT – ‘So, stand aside, forget targets, let the characters, your fingers, body, blood and heart do.’
I’m hoping to do some more fiction writing soon – how about you?
A-Z over and out.