Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing

Book - 1996
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"Bradbury, all charged up, drunk on life, joyous with writing, puts together nine past essays on writing and creativity and discharges every ounce of zest and gusto in him."-- Kirkus Reviews ¶" Zen and the Art of Writing is purely and simply Bradbury's love song to his craft."-- Los Angeles Times
Publisher: Santa Barbara [Calif.] : Joshua Odell Editions, 1996.
Edition: Expanded edition.
ISBN: 9781877741098
Branch Call Number: 808.02 B726
Characteristics: xv, 176 pages ; 21 cm


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RyanR_KCMO May 27, 2020

My love of Ray Bradbury barely sustained my interest in this book. The bits of insight toward Bradbury’s processes were obscured by self-aggrandizement and endless repetition. This is seemingly a collection of prologues written for story collections. I would only suggest reading the title selection.

Sep 07, 2019

This is a collection of various essays written by Ray Bradbury on creative writing. Bradbury discusses what the creative process is for a writer and talks about his personal journey - from writing everyday for nearly twenty years until his first publication, to adapting his own stories into scripts.

4.5/5 : Ray Bradbury's perspective on writing, and creativity in general, is really inspiring to read about. I constantly wrote down quotes from each of the essays because their message seems so profound to me (as a teenage girl). He emphasizes letting the inspiration flow out of you onto the page, yet he isn't super artsy about it and recognizes how to do so realistically. Overall, it was really inspiring. I'm considering buying my own copy so I can annotate it for future reference.

What I Take Away : Allow yourself to be inspired by everything. Write down everything. If you have an idea, turn it into a short story. Because if you do then you'll develop your voice and your style. Read poetry every day. Write as often as you can. Let your characters write the story for you. Don't lose yourself by stressing out over every word, or by focusing on the end product, or by wondering how much money it'll make - lose yourself in the process and let your inner muse do the work for you.

May 19, 2019

Long time ago, LBSU Library kept a valuable hardcover of this book, in a glass case. This is Ray telling of his career. An added bonus is he drops in powerful writing tips, every once in awhile. Have you read THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, yet? Ray was Irish, you know, and he writes lovingly of the Emerald Isle./ it is a book which could just delude you into becoming a fiction writer. most books of this sort make a point of telling you that this activity is a pain, sort of like being a coal miner. . . go ahead!---read between the lines. I reiterate that reading the stories included in THE ILLUSTRATED MAN can take you a long way there, if such is your goal. 3 added essays is a leprechaun-like event, like finding three four clover flowers, for goodness sakes. if you wish to see ray as he was being interviewed, i recommend you tube's video of his appearance (-s) on the Johnny Carson show. "THE BLACK FERRIS changed itself from a short short story into a screenplay and then into a novel, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES. " "THE DAY IT RAINED FOREVER was another word association I handed myself one afternoon, thinking about hot suns, deserts, and harps that could change the weather." "In 1944 I sold some 40 stories, but my total income for the year was only $800. " "THE PICASSO SUMMER was the result of my walking the shoreline with friends and my wife one late afternoon......" " I didn't know it, but I was literally writing a dime novel. In the spring of 1950 it cost me nine dollars and eighty cents in dimes to write and finish the first draft of THE FIRE MAN, which later became FAHRENHEIT 451. "I have written poems about Melville, Melville and Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson and Charles Dickens, Hawthorne, Poe, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and along the way I compared Jules Verne and his Mad Captain to Melville and his equally obsessed mariner."

Mar 17, 2019

This book is one of the most beautiful and inspirational books I have ever read. Ray Bradbury talks about the inspiration behind some of his books, (like Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Dandelion Wine) how he became such a prolific writer, and gives advice to the reader about how to improve their writing. Unlike other books about writing, he doesn't focus on the technicalities, but focuses on the inspirational aspect of writing. He at times encourages the reader to chase ideas, put them down on paper, and then fix it, instead of crafting their writing carefully and focusing on making it perfect at the first go. I would recommend this book for anyone who is a writer, wants to improve their writing skills while having fun, or simply wants to learn more about his writing process and the stories behind his books.

Feb 27, 2018

Ray Bradbury's zest and gusto in his fiction is infectious. Same with his non-fiction writing about writing.

Nov 15, 2017

This novel helped me become a little confident as a writer in dealing the anxieties that may come from writing.

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Mar 11, 2014

This is one of the many books recommended by NaNoWriMo & Camp NaNoWriMo.


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