Sadly the wonderful writer and wonderful human being Ray Bradbury is no longer with us, but recently I came across a video of “An Evening With Ray Bradbury” recorded in 2001 when he was 81. A few of his tips for writers:
- A good way to start is writing a short story per week. That will give you the experience you need in order to write a novel.
- Read one short story per night, one poem per night, one essay a night for the next 1000 nights. He recommends the short stories of John Collier, Edith Wharton, Eudora Welty, Melville, Hawthorne, and many others.
- Writing is not a serious business. It’s a joy and a celebration.
- Anyone who doesn’t believe in your and your future, to hell with them.
There’s a lot of good advice, but I think it’s his spirit and his obvious love of his craft that makes this enjoyable. Here’s the link: