“Here are eleven exuberant essays on the pleasures of writing from one of the most creative, imaginative, and prolific artists of the twentieth century – a writer who truly enjoys his craft and tells you why and how. Bradbury shares his wisdom and enthusiasm for writing as he examines a lifetime of creating and composing scores of stories, novels, plays, poems, films, television programs, and musicals. Refreshingly direct, each essay shares a single compelling them: writing is a celebration, not a chore. Unlike so many books on writing, this one does not belabor the technical or become obsessed with the how-to aspect of the craft. What Bradbury does bring to every discussion of writing is the fever, the ardor, the delight that he has discovered and which can be yours.”
-Synopsis from back cover
Zen in the Art of Writing is a fantastic book that aspiring writers, particularly those who are fans of Ray Bradbury, will appreciate.
I would recommend reading some of his work first because so much of it is referenced throughout the book. Additionally, I think it is more meaningful to read certain works first and then learn about Bradbury’s thoughts behind each work.
I loved learning about his inspiration for certain stories, and especially his inspiration for life and for writing. He is truly a unique soul and there are no writers like him. His work should be considered modern-day classic, and I hope students are still learning about him in literature classes.
Bradbury is definitely someone I admire, and even more so after reading this. It was a hopeful, inspiring read, not just for writers but for anyone who may need to re-discover their passion for life or simply their passion for passion and being alive.