Ray Bradbury’s Dandelions

I’m listening to the audiobook of Ray Bradbury’s incomparable classic Dandelion Wine, and in the introduction, Mr. Bradbury himself gives some great advice on creativity.

When you first wake up in the morning, before you do anything else, sit down and write the first seven words that come to mind. Then, while still groggy, do a word association with each one of the seven. Do this until you have to get cracking on your morning routine, or until you have to piss like a Russian racehorse on steroids.

Come back later, and you’ll find an idea for a story in your word association.
It’s worked for Ray Bradbury for 80+ years.
It might just work for us wannabes as well!

As always,
Peace from Keith

6 thoughts on “Ray Bradbury’s Dandelions

  1. There’s nothing wrong with singing on the sofa, but if you *need* to be a writer, then you’ll resist the cocktail temptation simply because you are *compelled* to write. You can’t not write, as it were.

    However, other things, like, “Your mind, clear it must be” (as Yoda would say) are important for me because I tend to edit as I go and to be a self-critic. For instance, how many times have I edited this simple reply?
    Three, the same number of licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop.

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