In Ray Bradbury’s introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition of his book Fahrenheit 451 he says;
” The novel was a surprise then and is still a surprise to me.
I’ve always written at the top of my lungs and from some secret motives within. I have followed the advice of my good friend Federico Fellini who, when asked about his work, said, ‘Don’t tell me what I’m doing. I don’t want to know.’
The grand thing is to plunge ahead and see what your passion can reveal.”
To me this is the essence of how many creative people work and the advice I too have received from Australian author, Sue Woolfe, in a workshop she gave to writers. She told the assembled bunch of awkward story-tellers that they “need not to know and need not to care” where their tale was going. Write and find it as you write it. Let it reveal itself to you.
Now on a yellowing piece of card I have this advice above my writing desk.
Even though it was writing advice maybe it is just plain good sense; PLUNGE AHEAD with life…
One Reply to “Writing advice from Ray Bradbury…”
don’t tell me what I’m doing, I don’t want to know – brilliant, I can use that in a number of situations, not just work!