The act of writing is, for me, like a fever — something I must do. And it seems I always have some new fever developing, some new love to follow and bring to life. – Ray Bradbury
What’s writing for you? A fever, a pastime, a hobby, a vocation, an obsession … or something else?
“The most debilitating thing about writing is that the voice inside us, the voice we trust more than others, says, ‘You’re not good enough, you’re not smart enough, what you wrote yesterday really stinks.’ What aspiring writers should keep in mind is that we all hear that voice, and sometimes that voice lies to us. In fact, when it comes to writing, that voice almost always lies to us. Midway through a book you are going to read back and think, ‘This is awful.’ Now it may be awful, but it also may be wonderful and you’ve simply read it so many times your ear has gone deaf. Don’t listen to that voice.” — Randy Wayne White
Ever happen to you? What would you advise a writer who is bothered by that voice?
A book ought to be an icepick to break up the frozen sea within us. – Kafka
What do you think a book ought to be?
When I was a kid I had the biggest crush on Hayley Mills in Pollyanna. Who did you have a crush on when you were young?
Welcome to Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious? Any little rituals you perform for your writing?
If Hollywood came calling to do one of your books (or WIPs), and you got to pick the actor for the starring role, who would you choose?
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“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” – Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
Do you agree with Ray? Do you ever feel like the act of writing itself is good, or even crucial, for you?
I’m writing an unauthorized autobiography. – Steven Wright
What would be the first scene in your own autobiography?
For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories, and it is a pity that we use it so little. – Rachel Carson
What is a smell that you associate with your childhood? Describe the scene.
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? Was it a software package, a writing course, the many books you’ve read? Please share your thoughts.