In this collection of essays written over a thirty-year period, renowned author Ray Bradbury shares his wisdom, experience, and enthusiasm from his lifetime of writing. The essay topics include the joy of writing, inspiration, creativity, and the writing process of his many works. All of his advice demonstrates that success as a writer depends on how well one knows themself. “If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer,” writes Bradbury. “It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself. You don’t even know yourself. For the first thing a writer should be is—excited.”
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