My Archival Wanderings: Ray Bradbury

Hi Writers,
Welcome to the archives of March, in which I’m posting an excerpt a day (more or less) throughout March.

Today’s exhibit: A brief but exquisite excerpt from a February 1976 WD interview with science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury (interview by Robert Jacobs). Enjoy.

WD: You’re terribly prolific, but a lot of writers produce one book in a lifetime. Would you advise young writers to spend all their time polishing one piece or to go for quantity?

BRADBURY: It simply follows that quantity produces quality. Only if you do a lot will you ever be any good. If you do very little, you’ll never have quality of idea or quality of output. The excitement and creativity comes from a whole lot of doing; hoping you’ll suddenly be struck by lightning. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed. The history of literature is the history of prolific people. I always say to students, give me four pages a day, every day. That’s three or four hundred thousand words a year. Most of that will be bilge, but the rest … It will save your life!

Keep Writing,

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5 thoughts on “My Archival Wanderings: Ray Bradbury

  1. Nettie Hartsock

    Hi Maria,

    I love this advice from Bradbury. I saw him speak many years ago and he talked about how he had been rejected more than any other writer by The New Yorker magazine, but he kept writing and pitching one more story. He’s amazing.

    Nettie Hartsock


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