Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

Ray Bradbury
"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


Reviewed: 2020-06-24

The best description for this book in 10 words or less:

"Famous writer who financially struggled gives advice on writing."


This book is more of a memoir than a how-to novel. At the beginning of a few sections, there is advice about having passion in your writing and letting yourself have an easier time writing a novel.

It's really interesting how times have changed because the rent was only $30/month when Ray Bradbury was writing. He earned enough money through his writing to pay rent for a year and prepare for the new baby. It shows inflation at its finest.

It shows the struggles of being a writer while providing for his family, which puts life as a writer into perspective. How many people have tried to do the same thing, but fail? We only really hear about those who have succeeded, not those who have not.

This novel has humor in it similarly to On Writing by Stephen King.

I wish this book had more advice in it for writing. It was misleading when it was recommended as a writing how-to/memoir.


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