zen in the art of writing

Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury

What you ask does writing teach us

First and foremost, it reminds us that we ARE alive and that is a gift and privilege, not a right.

So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.

second, writing is survival. Any art, any good WORK, is that. Not to write, for many of us, is to die.

I have learned, on my journeys, that if I let a day go by without writing, I grow uneasy. An hour`s writing is a tonic.

To manipulate life, toss the bright-coloured orbs up to mix with the dark ones, blending a variation of truths.We use the grand and beautiful facts of existence in order to put up with horrors that afflict us directly in our families and friends, or through the media. The horrors are not to be denied. The list is endless and crushing if we do not creatively oppose it.

Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writers make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto.

think of shakespeare and melville and you think thunder, lightning, wind. They knew the joy of creating in large or small forms, on unlimited or restricted canvasses….They knew fun in their work. No matter if creation came hard here and there along the way, or what illnesses and tragedies touched their most private lives.


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