Review – Zen & The Art Of Writing

Zen And The Art Of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Completely different from any other book on writing, this book will show you how to take an average story and turn it into a great story.

Ray Bradbury spent ten years writing a thousand words a day before he sold a story.

Then he spent another ten years developing his writing skills to the point where he could write a truly fantastic story every time. This book will show you how to uncover the diamonds out of your subconscious mind to use in your stories.

Simple, Powerful Techniques
The techniques in this book are second to none. If you’re looking for a way to turn your average stories into great stories, then you need this book.

Ray Bradbury has a simple system for writing:
Every night, read a short story, a poem and an essay.
This will fill your mind with metaphors and stories.

To get ideas, write down a list of NOUNS and turn them into titles.
An entire story can be evoked from a single phrase.

Write down lists of nouns, asking yourself:
What do you love?
What do you hate?
What terrifies you?
What are you in awe of?
What makes you laugh?

Write a thousand words a day.
Finish one short story every week.
Using this method, in three years you will become a writer, because no one can write that many terrible stories in a row.

No Need To Worry About Writer’s Block
If you have writer’s block, you need to STOP writing. You’re going in the wrong direction. Writing should be a fun experience. When your writing is fresh, it will be unique and full of zest. Never try to beat a story out of an idea.

While this book may seem the exact opposite of a book like “The Anotomy Of Story,” which teaches story structure, both books are equally important to the writer. Ray Bradbury isn’t against left brain writing. He simply says that you need to become so good at the craft of writing that mundane techniques becomes second nature to you, part of your subconscious mind.

Zen & The Art Of Writing is essential reading for anyone serious about becoming a writer.


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