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Zen in the Art of Writing

Bradbury, Ray - Finished Oct 10, 2016

Run-on Sentence Summary

In a series of short essays, Ray Bradbury reflects on his career and how to nurse one’s creativity.


Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite writers, and it was fascinating to hear him reflecting on his career and process. This disjoint set of essays are compiled from many places, and at times it felt like reading one really long foreword to a novel. It is by no means a how to, and is sparse on much practical advice beyond simple things such as advising you to write one thousand words every day for a decade or two until your technique can get out of your way.

Instead, it is more of a motivational piece about how to find and feed your own creativity, for writing or whatever else. The best aspect of the book is Bradbury’s energy, or as he calls it, his zest and gusto. It is wonderful to reflect with someone on something they so clearly love doing, and his excitement is contagious.

Final Thoughts

It is hard to read this one and not feel the urge to pick up a pen.

Favorite Quote

“What are the best things and the worst things in your life, and when are you going to go about whispering or shouting them?”