Ray Bradbury’s Advice to Budding Authors

The great Mr. Bradbury was well-known for making appearances to read his work and share his knowledge. Lucky for all of us, he did so through his eighties. He was a remarkable man with a remarkable talent made all the more valuable because he made it his business to educate on the true nature of great stories (for a taste, see 7:13 in the video where he discusses contemporary short stories).

This lecture is from his keynote address at the Writer’s Symposium By the Sea at Point Loma Nazarene University in 2001. See OpenCulture.com for a synopsis.

“Writing is not work. If it’s work stop it and do something else.”
– Ray Bradbury

Here are some resources to help you get started on Mr. Bradbury’s training program:

Ray Bradbury illustration by Val Mayerik

Illustration by Val Mayerik

HOMEWORK from Ray Bradbury: “Make a list of ten things you love and write about them. Make a list of ten things you hate and kill them. Make a list of the things you fear and make your own personal nightmares.”

And a tiny url for your sharing pleasure: http://tinyurl.com/mws6tm5

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