This week’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday is dedicated to the Ray Bradbury. About a year ago I read his classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t know I enjoyed it until well after I had read it though. Bradbury’s writing style was a bit different from anything else I had read. He’s very descriptive, but at the same time vague, took some getting used to.
Bradbury is considered one of the best writers of our time. He is best known for Fahrenheit 451 but he’s also written some science fiction and horror stories too. His books have sold millions of copies all over the world. I plan on adding his collections, Dark Carnival, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man, to my list of books to read this year.
I chose this quote because of it’s simplicity, it sounds so very Zen. Many writer’s have said something along these same lines. Basically a writer just writes, but I’m not very good at “just writing”. I tend to overthink things and I get very self-conscious. I have lists of ideas I never explore. I have drafts written that just don’t sound right. Sometimes I am frozen with fear that I can’t do this and then I have no ideas and no drafts at all.
I think I just need to relax. I think I am overthinking this writing thing. Who cares right? Who cares if I suck sometimes or if what I have to say is stupid? I enjoy it and that’s what really matters. I think I may just print out this quote and hanging it over my desk. Every time I sit down to to write I’ll read it aloud and remember to just…relax.