Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing

Ray Bradbury / Dec 09, 2019
Zen in the Art of Writing Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine The land mine is me After the explosion I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together Now it s your turn Jump Zest Gusto Curios
  • Title: Zen in the Art of Writing
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780553296341
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback
  • Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine The land mine is me After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together Now, it s your turn Jump Zest Gusto Curiosity These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experie Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine The land mine is me After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together Now, it s your turn Jump Zest Gusto Curiosity These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style as well as the inside story of Bradbury s own remarkable career as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems, films, and plays.Zen in the Art of Writing is than just a how to manual for the would be writer it is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you Bradbury encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius dwells, and he shows that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject your own life.
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      • Ray Bradbury

        American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 Although his formal education ended there, he became a student of life, selling newspapers on L.A street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter He became a full time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947 His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state Other works include The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric , Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind In all, Bradbury has published than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays His short stories have appeared in than 1,000 school curriculum recommended reading anthologies Ray Bradbury s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections He has been awarded the O Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright , and has won an Emmy Award for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree He adapted sixty five of his stories for television s Ray Bradbury Theater He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World s Fair In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro Disney, France Married since 1947, Mr Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003 On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you ll come along.

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    1. WHOOP POW Ray Bradbury s book on writing is BAMMO The man s enthusiasm leaps off the page, and if nothing else, that exuberance will carry you with a full head of steam straight from this book and into your own book Reading Zen in the Art of Writing is like having the best kind of encouraging friend pat you on the back while shouting YOU CAN DO IT Although some of his ideas and style is dated, there s still a great deal to be absorbed herein, after all, he is one of the best American writers of [...]



    2. There are a lot of reviews written about this short but excellent book written in the tradition of Stephen King s On Writing , or the other way around, given that Bradbury wrote his tome first Yet there is an energy in this book that is infectious and it points the finger to us as writers to say get serious about this art or get out His prescriptions for writing are no less demanding 1 Write one short story a week for 5 years Perhaps after this rigour, some good stuff might come out Bradbury wro [...]




    3. Short version This is the best writing book I have ever read Long version This isn t going to be a very eloquent review Good books on writing are difficult to find For several of my classes, professors have assigned books about writing techniques, and all of them have been terrible Some of them have graphs, others have ways of mapping out character development, but generally these books try to break writing down to its skeletal form and make a biology lesson of it It ends up being overly technic [...]






    4. Nothing particularly new is told but Ray writes with such a passion and gusto that the book becomes a joy to read References to stories and novels that I have not read abound and hence it was difficult to follow the train of thought The poems at the end were a real bonus.




    5. If you re looking for the book that finally teaches you everything you ever wanted to know about writing the book that will finally give you the key to the famous author s success this one isn t for you On one hand, no such book exists On the other, Ray Bradbury s Zen and the Art of Writing is less about the craft and mechanics of writing than one man s passion and zeal for good old fashioned fun stories Bradbury has been criticized for being overly sentimental and rightfully so At times this bo [...]


    6. Do I want to try to write like Ray Bradbury No, I don t think so But I once sat in that middle school English class listening to a cassette tape with the gravelly voice narration of The Veldt and thought the shudder in my spine was some holy spirit saying I had found the apex of the literary arts And anyway I m desperate and will take advice anywhere.Here s a list of his most compelling pointers 1 Write every day 2 Make a list of nouns that get at you in some way These will be the centers of the [...]






    7. Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine The land mine is me After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together Now, it s your turn Jump I m not sure what prompted me to read this book There s a part of me that s always wanted to write, but I ve lacked the self discipline Of course, I also lack self confidence Unlike most writers, I have never felt the need to write every day At least, I didn t think I did I remember being asked to write a story in s [...]


    8. No one writes quite like Ray Bradbury Perhaps that s an understatement, but as I was reading Zen in the Art of Writing, I was again reminded of his brilliance He has impeccable control of the English language But at the same time, his sentences are playful and colorful His thinking is philosophical and, at the same time lighthearted But ideas lie everywhere, like apples fallen and melting in the grass for lack of wayfaring strangers with an eye and a tongue for beauty, whether absurd, horrific, [...]



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    11. I spent my college years reading Ray Bradbury, but probably haven t read anything of his since My loss Reading Bradbury again, in this case his writing memoir, Zen in the Art of Writing, reminds me both of that time and also gives me a peak at his views on creativity and his writing process.What s his process He sums it up as WORK That s the first one RELAXATION That s the second Followed by two final ones DON T THINK p 103 Bradbury worked hard, day in and day out He is credited with 27 novels a [...]


    12. Read this while sitting in the basement of the Camden, NJ courthouse, wearing my Juror badge, and trying not to hear CNN s droningly repetitive news coverage although, have you seen the image of all the dead birds in Arkansas Jesus, the plagues have begun and I picked it because it was pocket sized and figured to be an easy read Which it was Not to say it was particularly fulfilling or interesting There are a handful of pages in here that have legitimate, useful writing advice, although mostly f [...]


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