Born to Write: Ray Bradbury
There have been a lot of great speculative fiction writers born in August, but the most famous may be Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012). With a lyrically poetic style uniquely his own, Bradbury wrote elegant fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and mysteries, and even the screenplay of Moby Dick. Several of his masterworks, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Something Wicked This Way Comes were put onscreen as well. Many of his short stories have been adapted for radio, TV, and comics, too.
During his 69 years of active writing, Bradbury had plenty to say about the art and craft of his work, and gave many excellent interviews. Here are some of the best links we could find:
- YouTube has a huge quantity of videos about Bradbury and writing, as well as collections of The Ray Bradbury Theater series, a number of audiobooks, and even his appearance with Groucho Marx on “You Bet Your Life”.
- Six Pieces of Writing Advice.
- An article with more of his writing advice.
- Still more writing advice.
- 21 quotes on writing.
- 8 rules for writers.
- Quotes from his book on writing, Zen in the Art of Writing.
- A PDF of the entire text of Zen in the Art of Writing, free for downloading.
- His use of lists to generate ideas.
- Interview in The Paris Review.
- An interview in The Weekly Alibi from 1999.
- A 25-minute documentary on his advice and inspiration
- “In His Words” – Bradbury recounts how he became a writer.
- His final piece, reminiscences of his youth published in The New Yorker just a week before his death, “Take Me Home“.
- And finally, his website, now a memorial.