August 01, 2009

A Conversation with Ray Bradbury

For those of you who do not know, Ray Bradbury is a critically acclaimed writer most famous for his novel Fahrenheit 451.

All I can say is that this guy is amazing, the whole 29 minute video is worth the watch. If nothing else however, watch about the first half, as many bits of helpful advice for writers are revealed and Ray Bradbury does the perfect job of passing on "The Zen of Writing." At 5:45 the actual talk about writing begins. Quite inspirational to writers, Ray Bradbury a hilarious, wise, all-around great man. Enjoy.

How Reading Helps Your Writing

Stephen King’s age-old advice to success as a writer: “read a lot, write a lot,” it’s just that simple. Reading is essential to becoming a GOOD writer, and even a GREAT writer. The “write a lot” portion will be covered in later posts, but for now I will detail a LARGELY overlooked aspect of becoming a writer: reading helps your writing. Here's how:

Helps build a better command of the language: You can not help but get rubbed off on by good writing, it’s infectious. Bad writing can be even more beneficial because it leaves an imprinted emotion with each error you read. The subconscious memory of you reading the messed up passage and saying "Whaaat the eff" to yourself will be with you forever.

Free Productivity Tools For Writers

Everyone loves free tools. But most of all, we love free tools that are actually helpful. If you're looking for a way to stay on task, organized, and push past the roadblocks of the writing occupation, then you will find at least one of these to lend you a hand. Enjoy: