Ray Bradbury passed away earlier this year, but the legacy of this master of the craft of story continues. What lessons can you glean from this talk?
Colin Marshall of OpenCulture.com has culled a list of twelve key points from the talk that could be of use to young writers. Among them:
- Just type any old thing that comes into your head. He recommends “word association” to break down any creative blockages, since “you don’t know what’s in you until you test it.”
- Fall in love with movies. Preferably old ones.
- Write with joy. In his mind, “writing is not a serious business.” If a story starts to feel like work, scrap it and start one that doesn’t. “I want you to envy me my joy,” he tells his audience.
- Remember, with writing, what you’re looking for is just one person to come up and tell you, “I love you for what you do.” Or, failing that, you’re looking for someone to come up and tell you, “You’re not nuts like people say.”
Watch the video, and read the rest of Colin’s list at OpenCulture.com. Do you agree with his list? Did he miss something? Leave a comment and let us know.