Zen in the Art of Writing

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Bantam Books, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 158 pages
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"Every morning I jump out of bed and step on  a land mine. The land mine is me. After the  explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the  pieces back together. Now, it's your turn. Jump!"  Zest. Gusto. Curiosity. These are the qualities  every writer must have, as well as a spirit of  adventure. In this exuberant book, the incomparable  Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and  excitement of a lifetime of writing. Here are  practical tips on the art of writing from a master of  the craft-everything from finding original ideas to  developing your own voice and style-as well as the  inside story of Bradbury's own remarkable career  as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems,  films, and plays. Zen In The Art Of  Writing is more than just a how-to manual for the  would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of  writing itself that will delight, impassion, and  inspire the writer in you. In it, Bradbury  encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts  and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius  dwells, and he shows that success as a writer  depends on how well you know one subject: your own  life.

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Light, easy to read, and entertaining. - Overstock.com
One of the best books on the craft of writing. - Goodreads
Bradbury is into the sheer joy of writing. - Goodreads
Bradbury's is BY FAR my favorite book on writing. - Goodreads
Every writer should read this. - Goodreads
It's chock full of advice. - Goodreads

Review: Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

User Review  - JK - Goodreads

An excellent series of essays by a master of science fiction - a companion piece that I feel is essential for anyone who adores Stephen King's 'On Writing'. Gets to the soul of the writing and is much more than simply a how-to write well guide. Read full review

Review: Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

User Review  - Troy - Goodreads

A book of collected essays on writing, motivation, and creativity. I loved the essay format because I could read one complete essay and let its ideas percolate before starting another. Bradbury is into the sheer joy of writing. Recommended for anyone in a creative endeavor. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit. He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91.

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