Archive for January, 2004

Bradbury on the joy of writing

How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper? When was the last time you dared release a cherished prejudice so it slammed the page like a lightning bolt? –Ray Bradbury (Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing)

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Le Guin on beginning a story

Well, the first problem often, as you set out to write a story, is to find out what the right length for this particular story is–is it in fact a novel, a novella, a short story? You don’t want to end up with a teacupful of story in a big fancy bathtub… –Ursula Le Guin […]

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Kafka on paying attention

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstacy at your feet. — Franz […]

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