A Year with Ray Bradbury
for the first time, and saw him saying the same thing. I wasn't alone. Here was another person who felt the burden to write, not just the drive or interest.
"I have learned, on my journeys, that if I let a day go by without writing, I grow uneasy. Two days and I am in tremor. Three and I suspect lunacy. Four and I might as well be a hog, suffering the flux in a wallow. An hour's writing is tonic. I'm on my feet, running in circles, and yelling for a clean pair of spats (Zen and the Art of Writing)."
Wow, I am not alone. He goes on to compare himself to a landmine that he jumps out of bed and steps on it, then spend the day putting the pieces back together after the explosion. He invites us to jump, and I am going to.
It is time to step on a landmine.
Practicing Zen and the Art of Writing
I have decided to spend a year with Ray Bradbury, writing every day with the goal of finishing a short story a week. I am going to use the principles and exercises in the book to perfect my craft, and hopefully pay homage to Ray Bradbury in the process.
I will chronicle my process here with the tag Zen and the Art of Writing, and I will post the stories that come out of the process.
I invite you to join me in the journey. I will start Monday, June 11th to make my first short. I will spend the weekend rereading Zen and the Art of Writing, maybe get a couple lists ready.
Are you in? Writing for no less than 1 hour a day with the goal of finishing 1 short story a week.