In this post I’d like to share some words of wisdom from two distinguished and very different writers: Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut. Both of these great writers produced some astonishing wonderful and influential work including, but far from limited to, Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451. Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Illustrated Man, Slaughterhouse Five and The Sirens of Titan. The writer’s wisdom is well worth reading and the two websites I link two also have a great wealth of interesting browsing material.
First some poetry:
Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
Cultural moment aside, I do think that for many writers it is about leaving something behind and wherever we think we are on the hierarchy of the great examples of our craft we are all part of something.
Enough philosophising, here are the links:
- Ray Bradbury gives 12 pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors
- Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story.
At present I’m in a Bradbury short story mood though most of the Vonnegut advice bears thinking about. His last point on information is intriguing.
Whose advice do you recommend? Let me know!