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Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity Third Edition/Expanded (Third Edition, Expanded)
Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity Third Edition/Expanded (Third Edition, Expanded) | Ray D Bradbury
"Bradbury, all charged up, drunk on life, joyous with writing, puts together nine past essays on writing and creativity and discharges every ounce of zest and gusto in him."--Kirkus Reviews "Zen and the Art of Writing is purely and simply Bradbury's love song to his craft."--Los Angeles Times
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MizzGraham
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I love you Mr. Bradbury ☕️ 📖

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Oliveldn
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“So, simply then, here is my formula. What do you want more than anything else in the world? What do you love, or what do you hate?”

I can‘t recommend this joyful book of essays enough. It‘s truly gorgeous and inspiring. #writing #onwriting #raybradbury

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SiriGuruDevSingh
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Pickpick

😍😍😍😍😍

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Book: Zen in the Art of Writing
Author: Zoe Winters
Movie: Zodiac—I‘m sure I would enjoy it if I were to watch it!
Food: zero waste sourdough pancakes

Thanks @JoScho !! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
#manicmonday #letterz

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Brooke_H
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Pickpick

I really liked this little writing guide. I enjoyed Bradbury's descriptions of his own methods, where his ideas for his stories came from, his hometown, etc. He has an engaging, energetic way of description that sucked me in immediately. I want to read more of his short stories now.

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jen_hayes7
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I think it‘s time to admit to myself that I‘m not going to complete all my reading challenges this year.😢 I‘m 2 books short and don‘t think I‘ll have the time to get through. I completed and surpassed my #mounttbr goal and Goodreads challenge. One shy for #readharder2018 and one for #LitsyAtoZ. I think next year I‘ll take a year off aside from Goodreads. Part of what got me behind was wanting to read outside of my challenge lists. #lennox

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this book. And I hear you about challenges. This year I did too many. I just kept piling them on! In 2019 I‘m down to three, plus MountTBR. (Gah! Maybe it‘s still too many!) 11mo
jen_hayes7 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Hahaha!! That is still so many challenges!! Though, now that you mention it, MountTBR is pretty easy to tack on if you‘re planning on reading from your existing library anyway. (And this is how it all starts!! 🤣) Good luck with your challenges and Happy 2019!! 🥳 11mo
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JessClark78
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So far, I‘ve gotten a little over an hour of reading done with The Andy Warhol Diaries. Now I‘m going to work on finishing up this book of essays I started a couple weeks ago. #24B42019

Andrew65 Coming along. 😊 11mo
Cathythoughts Happy New Year 👍🏻♥️🎉🎉🥂 11mo
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jmofo
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In a reading slump: life, too many books w/ too many deadlines and audiobooks aren‘t working, usually something I can hang with, regardless.
Visiting Gramma & I‘m struggling with #NaNoWrimo at the mo. Some days I can meet the word goal but I don‘t know my character and I think that‘s holding me back. So I am forging ahead in the dark until I get some insight. It might be time to get out my favorite writing cheerleader book. Write words everyday...

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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyNov18 Day 5: #Plot as Runaway Footprints. Only Bradbury can phrase it in this manner.

scripturient Love this! BTW, I finally shipped out your next round of Screams by Mail. Sorry for the delay. I‘m now waiting to get your book from ephemeralwaltz and then we‘re almost ready for rotation 2. 😁 13mo
GatheringBooks @scripturient awesome!!! :) 13mo
GatheringBooks @scripturient oh oh oh! was wondering if you also included this book - i figured i could highlight it for our #WomenReadWomen2019 theme. 13mo
scripturient @GatheringBooks Damn! I totally forgot about it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ I did include your giveaway prize though. I can send the Girls by separate post next week if you need it. 😊 13mo
GatheringBooks @scripturient oh it can definitely wait. absolutely no worries about it. perhaps for round 2! :) 13mo
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RaimeyGallant
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Spanning decades, this is a collection of Bradbury's odds and ends on the topics of creativity and writing. The writer's-life philosophies he preaches, they're not anything new, this having been published in the 90s, but I do feel, because of Bradbury's way with words, the lessons got a little deeper under my skin. His journey is inspiring, and I'm more determined than ever to pick up Farenheit 451 as well as a couple of his fiction anthologies.

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic 1y
Sace ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
REPollock I read Fahrenheit 451 in high school, and I have probably thought about it at least once a week ever since. 1y
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sprainedbrain What a great quote! 1y
tammysue ❤️ 1y
jmofo This is one of my favorite writing books as there are helpful ideas in it but mostly because it feels like he‘s your cheerleader and it‘s nice to have Mr. Bradbury in your corner. (Of course he would be.) @GingerAntics have you read this? 1y
GingerAntics @jmofo no, I‘ve never heard of it. I honestly haven‘t read a lot of writing books. I‘ve really only taken one class and she didn‘t use any books on technique or anything. I‘ve honestly learned to write by writing and getting feedback from people I let read it. I‘ll have to look up this book. 1y
RaimeyGallant @GingerAntics As far as writing books, for technique, I recommend: 1y
GingerAntics @RaimeyGallant is it about editing or writing? 1y
RaimeyGallant @GingerAntics It's about writing style technique and is useful at both the writing and editing stages. 1y
GingerAntics @RaimeyGallant I‘ve added it to my TBR 1y
rohit-sawant Wonderful post! Hope you enjoy F451 and the anthologies. 1y
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RaimeyGallant
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"Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today—explode—fly away—disintegrate! The other six or seven drafts are going to be pure torture. So why not enjoy the first draft..."

SMayWrites I haven't read this one! Stacked! 1y
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RaimeyGallant
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"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."

Misha was as curious about this book as I was, so we ordered it! I get first dibs.

RadicalReader @RaimeyGallant what a sensational superb gorgeous kitty cat who has a nose for knowledge 1y
Lcsmcat I used to have a cat named Mischa! He was white and gray though. 1y
RaimeyGallant @Lcsmcat @radicalreader She's our little sweetie pie. 1y
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kyraleseberg Love this book! I kept it checked out constantly from my school library in my senior year! 1y
RaimeyGallant At @Melissa_J The bookmark you gave me is awesome by the way. Holding lots of pages. :) 1y
rohit-sawant One of my favorite books! Such a terrific read. 1y
Kat_H Oooh! Putting this on my to read list! 1y
Velvetfur Aaww Misha 😍 🐱 💜 1y
yourfavouritemixtape This sounds great. On my tbr-pile asap! 1y
kspenmoll 😻😻😻 1y
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collegecatlady
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Bradbury‘s exuberance and eccentricity are displayed on the page for all to see. His writing is masterful and speaks to readers in a clear and welcoming way. His advice is solid and will be something I revisit again in the future.

CherryPie Excellent! 2y
rohit-sawant One of my favorites! 🙌🏻 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Cathythoughts 👍🏻nice one 2y
rohit-sawant 💜💜 2y
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TheAnitaAlvarez
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I‘ve been trying to get back to writing, so maybe this will inspire me somehow.

TheSketchyReader You must do it! The quote certainly should help. 2y
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rohit-sawant
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RiaWritten
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I‘ve managed the first ten days of my December Writing Challenge! I love how few of the titles look like horror when actually almost all of them are...haha. #TakeThat2017

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Clevercactus
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Down to letter "X" for #litsyatoz challenge. I really don't want to read Klosterman right now even though that would solve my problem. Any other suggestions for books starting with "X"? #booksuggestions

Sace Because I avoid most A to Z challenges because of the letter X 😂 Would Malcom X count? 2y
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Clevercactus
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Panpan

Meh. I was bored.

I know I am committing a sacrilege by saying that this book was boring. The book is a collection of essays on the craft of writing Bradbury wrote over the years for various publications. Bradbury comes off self-aggrandizing and pretentious. The most interesting part of the book were his inspirations for his greater known work. Don't get me wrong, I like Bradbury but just not this book.

Izai.Amorim No sacrilege. Most books on writing aren‘t good. 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I‘m a Bradbury fangirl, late to the party. This group of essays talks about writing as a career, both to chronicle and inspire. I loved it!

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com

JanuarieTimewalker13 I'm reading The October Country right now and really enjoying the strange spookiness of the stories. My first ever Bradbury read! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JanuarieTimewalker13 My first was The Halloween Tree at this time last year. Then I read Fahrenheit 451. Next up is Dandelion Wine. 🍷 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Cool !! I'm just going to finish up this collection and maybe read a novel by him next year. But at least I've dipped my toe in! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JanuarieTimewalker13 It's a good place to dip our toes! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yes!!! 😀 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I mentioned that Mr. B and I got new tattoos on Tuesday - my fourth, his first. It was an emotional choice, even though they aren't very big. Mine's on my forearm. His is on his upper arm at his shoulder. They're in memory of our beautiful granddaughter who passed away two years ago. Thanks to those of you who asked about them! The blog post has more of my thoughts.

http://thebibliophage.com/reading-writing-expressions-life-lessons-learned-grief...

ClairesReads ❤️❤️ 2y
sprainedbrain Beautiful blog post! ❤️ 2y
MicheleinPhilly That was so lovely. Thank you for sharing it. ❤️ 2y
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Bklover Your blog post is beautiful, as is your granddaughter. Much love to you- you honor your loss so beautifully❤️ 2y
AmandaL ❤️ 2y
Skeebies05 💛💛💛 2y
Kalalalatja 💜💜💜 2y
Bloomingjen {{{hugs}}} for both of you 2y
GidgetsTreasures75 Absolutely beautiful, both the pictures and the blog post. Thank you for sharing them. 2y
robinb ❤️ 2y
Lmstraubie 💗💗💗💔💗💗💗 2y
kathedron 💔✒ 2y
Avanders Beautiful tattoos, beautiful granddaughter, beautiful tribute. ❤️💔❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So sorry for your loss... beautiful tattoos and beautiful granddaughter ❤️💔 2y
merelybookish Lovely! And wonderful blog post. ❤️ 2y
coffeenebula Love this so much ❤️❤️❤️ Recently heard a Laurie Anderson piece in which she says: “Death is the release of love.” It doesn‘t mean we don‘t love (or grieve) anymore, but we find ways to express it and infuse our lives with it. In this way, the love continues to enrich us. (edited) 2y
Ms_T ❤️🌸❤️ 2y
Jas16 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
KarenUK Beautiful 💕💕 2y
Captivatedbybooks Beautiful name 2y
Bookzombie ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
mrp27 💕💕💕💕 2y
teebe 💜💜 2y
HelloImJez So beautiful ❤️ sending love 💕 2y
LeahBergen Oh, these tattoos and your blog post are incredibly beautiful and moving. Thank you so much for sharing with us. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Kaye So sorry for your loss. The tattoos and the blog post you wrote were a beautiful tribute to a special girl. ❤️💔❤️ 2y
Debiw781 So sorry for your loss. Such a moving tribute! We lost a nephew 5 years ago and what you described about the concentration is so true. Huge hugs 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly Thanks. It's good to share with you! 💕 (edited) 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Bklover Thanks so much. Yes, she was beautiful inside and out. Cliche, but true. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @GidgetsTreasures75 Thank you. She was and I'm glad to be able to try to do her justice. 💞 2y
GidgetsTreasures75 @BarbaraTheBibliophage you did a wonderful job. I have a quote my father used to say all the time and then in his handwriting-love Daddy. I took the handwriting from an inscription inside copy of Atlas Shrugged that he gave me. Making it permanent on us gives us something to hold onto. At least for me it has. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Avanders I‘m so glad you thought so. It means a lot. 💜 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks so much. She was and I love seeing her signature all the time on me. 💙 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @merelybookish Thanks. I‘m glad you liked the post. ♥️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @coffeenebula Ooh. I need to go look that up. Thanks a bunch. 💕 2y
kspenmoll Thank you from my heart for writing this blog. My co worker & friend lost her 18 yr old daughter last March in an unimaginable, horrible accident when she fell off a roof. I am sharing your tribute to your granddaughter, hoping your words may give her some solace, if only for a moment. I am thinking Your granddaughter would be proud of how you are living, loving and writing. ❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage you‘re welcome ❤️🙏🏻 2y
Izai.Amorim I read your blog post. It‘s really touching. 2y
Cathythoughts My heart goes out to you ❤️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Captivatedbybooks Thank you. She was Anastasja Rain, and when she got older picked Stasja. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen It always feels good to talk about the people you miss, with others in your life. Thanks for reading the blog and listening. ❤️ 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Kaye Thank you. She definitely was special! 💞 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Debiw781 Thank you, and I'm sorry for your loss as well. It's devastating to lose one so young, and it does mess with you head AND your heart. Big hugs back to you. 💞 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @GidgetsTreasures75 I absolutely agree. I'd love to see your tattoo from your dad too. It sounds like a perfect way to honor him. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kspenmoll Oh my. I can't imagine how that must have been for your friend. I hope my post lets her know she's not alone in her pain. Thank you! 😘 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts Thank you both! ❤️ 2y
ValerieAndBooks What a beautiful blogpost and tribute to your beloved granddaughter. Thanks for sharing. 💖💖💖 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ValerieAndBooks Thanks so much! 💕 2y
Cinfhen That brought such tears to my eyes....I‘m so sorry for your loss but I love the tribute & legacy you are leaving. 2y
Louise So beautifully written, Barbara! Yes, I know what you mean about a light dimming and then somehow, wondrously, miraculously, glowing again. An inner transformation. May Stasja's light shine ever brightly as your own light returns. Sending love and good wishes to you and your family. ❤️ 2y
TrishB Beautiful 💝 so sorry for your lossx 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks my sweet friend. It brings tears to my eyes, and I haven't even shown my husband yet. Too emotional. They were super close. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Louise Thanks my friend. We all need to nurture that light, don't we? 🌟⭐️💫🌟⭐️💫 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TrishB Thank you so much. 💞 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Oh this book! I could quote the whole thing. Ray Bradbury is a god. #GIVEAWAYREALTALK

ValerieAndBooks After reading your blog post just now, am definitely stacking this!! 2y
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Branwen
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Here is my list! It was so hard to narrow it down! #10authorrecommendations

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Allietaylor16
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Pickpick

I read these two amazing books last week, because I had been feeling so stuck with my writing. They are so fantastic and helped me tremendously!

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Kathrin
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Mehso-so

This was a mixed bag for me... on the one hand Bradbury is a powerful writer and I didn't really notice it back when I read Fahrenheit 451. On the other hand, this collection left me pretty unmoved... I assume it just didn't click with me because I am not a writer.

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Kathrin
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Lwsmith
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Bradbury on writing and being a writer. I wish it wasn't so darn late. He's made me feel I can do it-that I HAVE to do it-and I want to sit down now and pound out my thousand words. A little typically heavy-handed Bradburyan, he still made me feel like he was talking to and caring about ME.

JazzFeathers Sounds fantastic! Staked 2y
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SoniaC
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I love how passionately Bradbury writes about his love for writing. You can tell that for him writing was life. His passion is inspiring. I'm not a writer but this book sure makes me wish I was.

LitLogophile Just picked this up because of your review! 2y
SoniaC @LitLogophile it's a very quick read. Hope you enjoy it! 2y
mhillis I enjoyed this too! His writing process was interesting 2y
SoniaC @mhillis yes very interesting. 2y
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mhillis
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#24in48 Wrap Up! I enjoyed seeing everyone's progress this weekend! Congratulations⭐️

Varshitha 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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mhillis
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Made a little progress today for the #readathon Alternated between reading these two books. Zen in the Art of Writing-I love reading about how people work and Bradbury's writing process is interesting. What is not yours is not yours-a little over halfway with this one. Think I'm getting the characters mixed up but I'm really enjoying the stories, especially "is your blood as red as this?" #24in48 #litsybookclub

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Loved this book. LOVED IT. Bradbury is my spirit animal. His tone was playful & encouraging, rather than judgmental, which I've found in other "writers writing about writing" type books. My first review at Writeropolis will be a longer version of this one. ?

RaimeyGallant Hmmm...Maybe I should read this one. 2y
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AdeleReads

"So while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy, greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all." —Ray Bradbury.

Pretty pleased to get this book as a Kindle deal today. Read the 1st essay & then went to the desk for the first time in a while to write some (very rough!) fiction. Whew. Trying to channel Ray B's faith in the often uncertain process of just getting the words down & trusting what comes.

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BookishMarginalia
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vivastory I thought about buying this. 2y
LitLogophile Purchased! Thanks 😀 2y
CindyMyLifeIsLit I got it! Thanks for the tip! 2y
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Valeka Thanks!! Just bought it! 2y
KellyK @BookishMarginalia - I told myself that I wasn't going to look at my "cheap reads"emails for the rest of the month. That in itself is hard enough to do and then I see your posts... I don't think I can stay off Litsy until August... I'm not that strong!!! And now I know what's on sale!!!??? #BlameItOnLitsy AND BookishMarginalia! (edited) 2y
kyraleseberg Such a great book!! 2y
meggofrank @KellyK saaaaame. 😬 2y
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SarahKay
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I find this to be very sage advice. Reading about Bradbury's writing techniques is very interesting.

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RiaWritten
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This was an awesome writing pep talk. I love Bradbury!

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RiaWritten
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Not a quote so much as an essay title, but I love this book!

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RiaWritten
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I love you, Ray Bradbury. You are exactly the writing cheerleader I need right now.

BookishMarginalia That is such a good book. I also recommend Stephen King's On Writing and Anne Lamott's 3y
RiaWritten @BookishMarginalia I love On Writing! Wasn't wild about Bird by Bird for some reason, but still got a lot out of it. :) Books about writing are so fun. 3y
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8leagueboot
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4,000 words on the page today and I'm finally taking a #nanowrimo break with Bradbury and some nachos that I have officially EARNED. #wrimosoflitsy

RanaElizabeth 4,000 words is a great day! 3y
Msmithbooks I'm doing Nano too! We should be Nano buddies this year! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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A fave book to page through early in the morning 📚

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SuperPunkNinja
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Challenge accepted universe (and thanks for the compliment).

kathyellendavis Do it! I want to read it! 3y
SuperPunkNinja @kathyellendavis What if it's Nickelback fan fiction? 3y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
A_planNerd Hope it has the word Rubbish in it 😂 3y
kathyellendavis Oh man I may have to read it just to see how that is possible if that's the case ;) 3y
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BetterWorldBooks
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How have you exercised your freedom to read this #BannedBooksWeek?

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Wannabe_Quijote
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I tell my research students that #reading is #writing and writing is reading. If I have to be writing instead of actually reading, this isn't a bad place to do it. #cheeseandbooks

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LatashaMDoyle
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Great book if you want to get insights into one of the greats. Not so great book if you're hoping for a step-by-step plan. Favorite quote "... I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, slideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs & leave the room."

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Inpiring and just what I needed for a moment of writer's block. Bradbury motivates you to write like no one else, becoming the coach we all want. Amazing

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Cats
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"That's the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you."

Libby1 That was Zen. This is Meow. (Forgive me! 😸) 3y
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