Ray Bradbury’s reading program for budding writers

In a keynote address in 2001, writer Ray Bradbury offered the following reading program to his listeners of budding writers:

every night for the next 1,000 nights, read

  • one short story
  • one poem
  • one essay

I started yesterday. And I’ve added a goal of writing 1,000 words per day. I wrote 1,000 yesterday. I think I’m nearly there today (hard to tell as most of today’s writing was editing and adding to an earlier post about reading Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”).

Bradbury is hugely enthusiastic and inspiring. Check it out. Years ago, I bought and was dazzled by his book Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity, Expanded, then I lost it, and just last night, after watching this video, I bought the Kindle version (much cheaper!) Zen in the Art of Writing (tho I’m not sure if the Kindle version is the “expanded” or the “pre-expanded” version; probably the latter as it’s so cheap. Damn!)


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