Zen in the art of writing

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Joshua Odell Editions, Feb 1, 1990 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 154 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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Famous science fiction author Bradbury here collects ten essays and eight poems from his past writings that illustrate his views on what a writer should do and be. Included are his reflections on the ... Read full review

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This book gives great advice in the art of writing a short story. It has the flavor of a memoir, and it explores that inner landscape of the writer. I highly recommend this book for short story writers.

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The author of more than thirty books, Ray Bradbury is one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time. Among his best-known works are "Fahrenheit 451", "The Martian Chronicles", "The Illustrated Man", "Dandelion Wine", and "Something Wicked This Way Comes". In 2000, Mr. Bradbury was honored by the National Book Foundation with a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is the winner of the 2004 National Medal of Arts and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. In 2007, he was awarded a medal naming him a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France's highest cultural award. His most recent books include "Now and Forever", "Farewell Summer", and "From the Dust Returned". Mr. Bradbury lives in Los Angeles.

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