Friday, June 1, 2012

May You Be In Love Everyday ~ Writing Inspiration

 "If you want to write, if you want to create, you must write every single day of your life.  You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.  I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world." Ray Bradbury
One of my favorite books is The Homecoming by Ray Bradbury not only because of its gorgeous illustrations but because it is one of the best examples of great writing.  It's a mystery to me how authors have a knack for putting the absolutely most  precise words together and turning it into a story.  I find it magical and find myself falling head over heels with words and certain word combinations all the time.  Of course like he says its hard work.  Writing every single day has noticeably improved my writing.  Now I need to focus more on my storytelling skills.  I've got great instincts but it's time to put in the hard work.
Have you read Ray Bradbury or do you just love his quotes?
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"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't "try" to do things. You simply "must" do things." Ray Bradbury
“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them.” Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” Ray Bradbury
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here's an inspiring video of science fiction author Ray Bradbury at The Sixth Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University in 2001. I love his attitude towards writing and find it absolutely motivating.
What are you writing?

2 comments:

Laura Marcella said...

I love Ray Bradbury's quotes on writing, especially that first one. He knows what he is talking about!!

BellaVida Letty said...

I agree. He's very inspiring.