Write Like Hell!
Ray Bradbury seems to come up a lot in writing advice columns. That’s probably because he’s had a lot to say about writing and it has often proved useful to people like me.
One of the things that he seemed to say a lot was that sucess at writing takes a lot time, and practice. I find this incredibly reassuring, seeing as I am still struggling to “break-in” to professional writing. I wonder if I am rushing my expectations, or even if I know what breaking-in really means.
One of the many things Bradbury supposedly said was:
“If you can write one short story a week, it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start – at least you’re practicing. At the end of the year you have 52 short stories. And I defy you to write 52 bad ones. It can’t be done. After 30 or 40 weeks, all of a sudden a story will come that is wonderful – just wonderful. That’s what happened to me…”
It’s great to know that I have been working much in the manner he suggested, even without having heard this bit of advice in advance. My story publication tracker has about 55 stories on it from the last year, just about on target with Bradbury’s suggested goal. 28 of these have already been accepted for publication, so I’m not doing too bad.
If you’d like to read the full article the above quote appears in, here’s the link:
I wholeheartedly suggest you do as Bradbury says and write like hell! There’s worse things you could do with your time.