Obsession: Ray Bradbury

For my birthday several weeks ago, my husband got me the most incredible thing: A first edition, first print copy of The Martian Chronicles—with Ray Bradbury’s autograph inside.

The. Most. Incredible. Thing. It’s my very favorite book, even edging out Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. I simply adore Ray Bradbury, and holding this beautiful first edition in my hands nudged to me a wave of obsession.

Because here’s the thing about Ray Bradbury. He was more than the author who brought literary legitimacy to science fiction—as if that wasn’t enough. Ray Bradbury was an author’s author … and maybe even more specifically, an aspiring author’s author. Here’s why, in three quotes.

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”

This quote is about practice and quantity. To write well, you must write a lot. And read a lot—Bradbury was also a great advocate for libraries. (Tweet this quote!)

“Sometimes you have to just jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.”

i don’t even consider this artist advice. I consider this a life skill. a precursor to ‘fake it til you make it.” If you want to succeed at something, you gotta have the guts to go for it. (Tweet this quote!)

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

This line is just so close to my heart. After all, life can be rough. There’s commutes, bosses, endless to-dos … not to mention the tragedies and disasters all over the world. I don’t even know if it’s possible to take it all in. But writing gives me somewhere to process, escape, and try to do something about it all. (Tweet this quote!)

These are just a few nuggets of great writing wisdom from the brilliant Ray Bradbury. He’s absolutely my number one literary hero—both for his works and how he practiced his art.

Tell me … what authors do you adore? Why?

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