Zen in the Art of Writing

Author Ray Bradbury, Ray Bradbury
Published 1992
Pages 158
ISBN 9780553296341
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Brian

August 13th, 2020–August 18th, 2020

★★★★

Loved these essays, mixtures of personal anecdotes and writing advice. Some gems:

- Write 1000-2000 words every day. Quantity precedes quality.
- Write with zest.
- Write about what you love or hate. Find a character and follow as fast as you can.
- Editing will be work, so enjoy the first draft.
- Make a list of evocative nouns for story prompts.
- Feed your muse with everything. Poetry that makes your arm hair stand up. Essays about everything from every time. Writing about the senses.
- Read authors who think like you and write the way you want to; read authors that don't.
- You learn from bad as well as good. Good quality can be mysterious; it's easy to pinpoint what not to do from bad.
- "The artist learns what to leave out."
- Don't plot ahead. Let your characters do.

Melissa

December 23rd, 2020–December 29th, 2020

★★★★★

In writing this review I applied what I learned from this book; I wrote about something I LOVED. I want to start writing in earnest in 2021, and Bradbury had so many practical tips and reminders. For example:
-You should do multiple revisions of your work, and not just one or two. I learned this in c