Ray Bradbury – one of the most eminent science fiction writers of the last 50 years – who sadly died earlier this year would have been 98 yesterday. Thankfully his books live on as does this wonderful documentary called ‘Ray Bradbury: Story of a Writer’ made by David L. Wolper way back in 1963. The film is filled with insights on writing and the life of a storyteller and all that that entails. Here’s a short excerpt from it:
The first year I made nothing, the second year I made nothing, the third year I made 10 dollars, the fourth year I made 40 dollars. I remember these. I got these indelibly stamped in there. The fifth year I made 80. The sixth year I made 200. The seventh year I made 800. Eighth year, 1,200. Ninth year, 2,000. Tenth year, 4,000. Eleventh year, 8,000 …
Just get a part-time job! Anything that’s half way decent! An usher in a theater … unless you’re a mad man, you can’t make do in the art fields! You’ve gotta be inspired and mad and excited and love it more than anything else in the world!
It has to be this kind of, ‘By God, I’ve gotta do it! I’ve simply gotta do it!’ If you’re not this excited, you can’t win!
Via Brain Pickings
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