How does one go about becoming a writer?
Well, you might as well ask, how do you go about becoming human, whatever that is!
I suppose you fall in love, early, with all kinds of things.
I fell in love with books when I was five or six, especially the way books looked and smelled. …
I have run amuck ever since in libraries and bookstores, with fevers and deliriums.
Hysteria must be your way of life, then, if you wish, any of you, to become writers. …
If I emphasize libraries it is because school itself is only a beginning, and writing itself is a continuation. But the meat must be found and fed on in every library you can jump into and every bookstore you can pole-vault through. … the more you read, the more ideas begin to explode around inside your head, run riot, meet head-on in beautiful collisions so that when you go to bed at night the damned visions color the ceiling and light the walls with huge exploits and wonderful discoveries.
… if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.
You must write every single day of your life.
You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.
You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to snuff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.
I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.
I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.
May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories.
Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.
~~ Ray Bradbury
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Canfield, J. (2000). How to be Madder than Captain Ahab. In Chicken soup for the writer’s soul: Stories to open the heart and rekindle the spirit of writers (pp. 382-385). Deerfield Beach, Fla.: Health Communications.