“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

Writing makes writers drunks huh? I suppose it’s better than getting drunk on real stuff. And I suppose that is the whole point – not to let reality drive you to drink. That is to say, not to let reality depress you so much that you have to drink to feel better. Kind of a depressing thought really, that enough writers do that for Ray Bradbury to admonish people not to let reality destroy their dreams. Possibly he was just trying to tell people not to give up. Considering how hard it is to get published, perseverance is important.

Ray Bradbury wrote The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. The Martian Chronicles read like a bunch of connected short stories and at the time I was disappointed because I expected a novel. I liked his Fahrenheit 451 much better.

Advertisements