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Get Motivated: Zesty Writing | #amwriting

Sunday, March 25, 2018

If you are writing without zest, without gusto, without love, without fun, you are only half a writer. It means you are so busy keeping one eye on the commercial market, or one ear peeled for the avant-garde coterie, that you are not being yourself. You don’t even know yourself. For the first thing a writer should be is—excited. [You] should be a thing of fevers and enthusiasms. Without such vigor, [you] might as well be picking peaches or digging ditches; God knows it’d be better for [your] health.

How long has it been since you wrote a story where your real love or your real hatred somehow got onto the paper? When was the last time you dared release a cherished prejudice so it slammed the page like a lightning bolt? What are the best things and the worst things in your life, and when are you going to get around to whispering or shouting them?

~Ray Bradbury
Zen in the Art of Writing
pp. 4–5

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