Review: Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradubury



“Bradbury, all charged up, drunk on life, joyous with writing, puts together nine past essays on writing and creativity and discharges every ounce of zest and gusto in him.”–Kirkus Reviews ¶”Zen and the Art of Writing is purely and simply Bradbury’s love song to his craft.”–Los Angeles Times


In this incredibly inspirational book on creativity, Ray Bradbury writes, “Passion often saves the day.” That is basically a summary of this collection of essays by the beloved author. I had to read it with a pen or highlighter because there is a wealth of advice. It’s a fountain of love for the craft of writing and every writer should stand under it at least once. If you are feeling discouraged, frustrated or uninspired, pick up this book.

Here are few more of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Everything I’ve ever done was done with excitement, because I wanted to do it, because I loved doing it.”

“I had enough sense to keep moving, learning, growing.”

“If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer.”

“Not to write, for many of us, is to die.”

“Each tale was a way of finding selves. Each self found each day slightly different from the one found twenty-four hours earlier.”


If you’ve read it, share what you thought in a comment!

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