If you have spent any time at all on Twitter looking at writing quotes, you’ve seen at least one Ray Bradbury quote. In fact, you’ve probably seen dozens. Don’t believe me?
If you write a hundred short stories and they are bad, that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. You fail only if you stop writing.
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) June 18, 2017
— Novelicious (@noveliciouss) June 15, 2017
Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.
—Ray Bradbury— pic.twitter.com/6JoxB5c1AE
— Frank Scozzari (@ScozzariFrank) June 20, 2017
This is just the tip of the iceberg. These quotes go on for days. The one you’ll see over and over and over again is this one:
Ray Bradbury: "You must stay drunk on writing so reality may not destroy you." #writing
— Scott Myers (@GoIntoTheStory) June 20, 2017
Confession: I hate this quote. I just think it’s silly and meaningless.
There are so many of these quotes from Bradbury, though, because he is one of the most influential American writers ever and he has, well, very quotable advice for writers. He is probably best known for Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but has written 27 novels and over 600 short stories. He even has an award in his name for excellence in screenwriting—The Ray Bradbury Award. On his death in 2012, The New York Times called Bradbury “the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream.”
For our seventh installment of Advice from Famous Writers, here is Ray Bradbury near the end of his life in 2009. The sound quality is not great, but the advice is. It’s a very short video and I want to call out only two short quotes, although the story that ends the video is fun.
“Do what you love and love what you do.”
This is beautiful. It immediately brings to mind two of my favorite quotes. The first is from John Wooden: “Things turn out best for those who make the best out of the ways things turn out.” The second is a mantra my father has always had: “You can either find a way to do what you love for your job, or learn to love the job that you’re doing.”
If you love writing, do it.
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“Don’t do anything for money… You cannot write for people for money. You must write for yourself.'”
All of us aspire to be well-paid, best selling authors. We dream of the day that the royalties will be pouring in. Bradbury’s advice is poignant to this fact.
Yes, while we want to make a good living as authors, that can’t be the reason that we write. You must write first for yourself and no one else. If you don’t write for yourself, your writing will be empty.
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