Words for Writers

To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.

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 for 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.


One thought on “Words for Writers

  1. Why do people praise Ray Bradbury? I think he was a terrible writer.

    Hi ELB & welcome,
    Really? Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that from anyone before. I suppose if you don’t like sci-fi fantasy perhaps you wouldn’t like him but he is one of the most prolific American writers around. Have you read much of his? His short stories? Fahrenheit 451? The Martian Chronicles? The Illustrated Man? Something Wicked This Way Comes? I thought he was brilliant but everyone has differents tastes. Still, I’d recommend you give this amazing writer another chance and maybe check out a few of his short stories. Thanks for your comments.



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