Remembering Ray Bradbury

In memory of Ray Bradbury, here is a great video of him speaking at Point Loma Nazarene University in 2001. He discusses his development as a writer as well as his philosophies about craft. One of my favorite quotes comes at about 3:05. Though Bradbury is speaking about fiction, you can easily substitute “poem,” “essay,” or “play” where he says “short story”:

“The best hygiene for beginning writers, or intermediate writers, is to write a hell of a lot of short stories. If you could write one short story a week – it doesn’t matter the quality of it – at least you’re practicing. And at the end of the year you have fifty-two short stories. And I defy you to write fifty-two bad ones. Can’t be done.”


Edward S. Garza


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