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What Writers Tell Other Writers . . .

I’ve written before about Writing “Advice”—how it can help and how it can block one’s efforts

Perhaps, How To Write A Story? is good to read because it shows John Steinbeck writing a letter to his former writing instructor; plus, it will lead you to other posts about Writing Advice

Perhaps, this video of Neil Gaiman addressing a graduating class is good to watch since he stresses writing as Adventure not Work.

I’ve never read Neil’s work but have watched a couple movies he helped create

Then, comes the advice of a man who’s just passed from his adventure in a writing life, Ray Bradbury.

I’ve read a number of works by Mr. Bradbury and just downloaded one of his stories, The Playground, to my Kindle.

An excerpt from the introduction to that story gives insight into Ray’s writing life:

“He was unable to sell his early science fiction stories to the leading market of the 1940s, John W. Campbell’s Astounding. Bradbury had to publish his short stories in the second-line magazines like Planet Stories and Thrilling Wonder. After the War, however, Bradbury’s fantastic and surrealistic fiction began to find a steady market in mainstream magazines like Mademoiselle, Collier’s and Harper’s Bazaar and he became the first science fiction writer to place work in Martha Foley’s Best American Short Stories. The novel, Fahrenheit 451, later the basis for a notable film of François Truffaut, secured his reputation. In 2000, Bradbury was awarded a medal for the body of his literary achievement by the National Institute of Arts and Letters.”

Not being accepted in the most respected publication because he was already beyond their “standards”

Continuing to write because, to him, it was an adventure

Eleven years before he shufflel’d off this mortall coile, he gave a talk that is warm and cozy—a summation of his journey up to that point—a self-celebration full of writerly wisdom and advice

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8 responses to “What Writers Tell Other Writers . . .

  1. Simone Benedict June 7, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I’m headed off to the library to check out Mr Bradbury’s books. It’s been a long time. What a master. I’ll come back and watch the video you put up later when my house is a little quieter, lol.


  2. Jane Watson June 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    What a wonderful video! Thanks for showing us that:) A whole lot of viewers are going to have a busy time for the next 1000 nights;) I love his emphasis on metaphors… He’s right, of course, whatever works is the thing to do .. and not to be flimflammed, lol :) I’m gonna watch it again…I loved it. He asked the most important question for a writer: Who am I? How do I discover me?


  3. Barbara Blackcinder June 10, 2012 at 7:59 am

    I have to stop in the middle of reading your blog. I can’t escape the thought that writing is An Adventure. This is truly why I write—I am always looking to get others involved in my own adventures of thought, whether it is social commentary, science fiction, or silly humor. I just hadn’t pinned down why I found writing so interesting before, I just knew I loved doing it and couldn’t stop doing something so enjoyable. I always hope that my own enthusiasm comes through in my writing to make it enjoyable and inspiring to other writers.


    • Alexander M Zoltai June 10, 2012 at 10:16 am


      For me, there’s no doubt you enthusiastically Enjoy your writing :-)

      And, for those folks who’ve never read your work, if you go to this link, you can download a wonderful story by Barbara called Chased that she wrote as the winning entry in a Writing Challenge!


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