Today’s the last day of the A to Z Challenge which is sad as I’ve enjoyed writing about all the different books, and knowing what I am going to write about every-day. It’s a little daunting, having to try and think about other things to write about, so today’s book is perfect for this. It is a collection of essays called Zen in the art of writing by Ray Bradbury on the love of writing. They try to inspire writers to write, and give creative ideas about what to write.
The main points of the essays are:
- Write about something that excites you. If you are not excited about it, then your writing will only be half as good.
- Watch the world around you, that’s where the best inspiration will come from. A phrase said, or an out of place sign, they can all lead to inspiration.
- Read. Keep reading lots of different things, and this will keep you inspiration alive. Your writing will also get better and easier if you read more.
- Don’t doubt yourself. If you don’t believe in your work, then no one else will.
- Do writing exercises, like word association or write a few lines about a certain subject. This will just make writing so much easier.
- Editing is fantastic. It is much easier now that we’ve got word programs to help us. Your writing will get much better when you edit. And it is always easier to cut down than flesh out.
How do you think about what to write? Where does your inspiration come from? Your life? World events? A review of something you’ve used? Let me know by commenting below.