June 7, 2012

Ray Bradbury, on Writing.

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Ray Bradbury August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012

Let the world burn through you. Throw the prism light, white hot, on paper.

I spent more than one night in junior high up late reading Ray Bradbury. His writing, and his thoughts on writing, will keep inspiring us for generations to come:

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.

You must write every single day of your life.

You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.

You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.

I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.

May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories—science fiction or otherwise.

Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days.

And out of that love, remake a world.”

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