He is considered one of the most creative writers of the 20th century. He has 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than 8 million books have been sold worldwide in 36 languages worldwide. The New York Times has said that it has contributed most to the fact that science fiction has become widely known.
If you want to learn more about writing, but creativity as such, Ray Bradbury has a lot to say about it. We bring you 7 of his best ideas.
Start small and create regularly
“The first thing that comes to mind is the danger of writing novels when you want to start writing. I don’t know how many of you are writing novels, and if you’re doing well, you don’t have to listen to me, but the problem with the novels is that you can write it a year, and there’s nothing to be because you haven’t learned to write yet. The best for novice or slightly advanced writers is to write many short stories. If you write one story a week, regardless of quality, at least you train and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories and I urge you to write 52 bad stories. It can not be. It can not be. After 30 or weeks, or at the end of the year, there is a story that is great.
Would you believe that any team could win the championship without training? Or was an athlete winning a race if he didn’t train? So why do so many people think that there is no need to train for creativity?
It is an ability like any other and it will only be improved by successive steps and regular training. And it doesn’t matter what the area is. Many inventors have regularly built their first mechanisms since childhood. Scientists made a lot of trials and mistakes until they discovered something that finally worked.
It’s not about putting everything on one shot. Instead, several things should be tested regularly, and somewhere in between, a first-class job will be created.
In addition, regular training will produce better results than a bump. If you have ever been told that when you came back after a long time and you couldn’t do it, you know what I’m talking about. For example, to speak a foreign language. When you were in it or you were abroad, it was easy. But after prolonged disuse, it was no longer the same. Therefore, you need to use your creativity regularly and work on your creative habits.
Acquire a growth stance
“We should not evaluate our work, even after the 35 or 55 stories you wrote in the first year, as a failure. Fail means to give up. But you are part of a continuous process, So nothing is a failure. Everything goes on. Work is done. If it’s good, learn from it. If it is bad, learn even more. The finished work behind you is a lesson to study. There is no failure if one does not stop. Not working means stopping, stiffening, getting nervous, and thus frustrating the whole process of creation. ”
Sometimes it is interesting to read the ideas of creative people and then find that modern science has only recently discovered something that these people intuitively knew all the time. This idea by Ray Bradbury is a prime example of what psychologist Carol Dweck called growth attitude.
It is a stance where you believe that you can develop your talent through hard work, good practices and support from others. On the contrary, people with a fixed attitude believe that abilities are innate, and therefore do not even try to improve and remain in place. Unfortunately, it is the fixed one that is deeply rooted in most people. Especially with creativity.
What do you want to believe? You let yourself be told that you’re not creative, although there is no evidence that creative people have some special parts or brain functions that others don’t. Neither does it prove that there is a special talent gene.
Carefully select the people you are learning from
“Read people like Roald Dahl, get his stories, and stories from Guya de Maupassant, read Richard Matheson, read Nigel Kneal. John Collier. One of the best reporters of the century and never heard of it. Find it. ”
This idea hides two good pieces of wisdom. First, learn from the best. The names above don’t say anything to you, but according to Ray Bradbury, they belong to the top of the storytellers. In order to teach them great writing, he searched for the best that was available in his time. I know nothing revolutionary, but do you know how many people are doing this?
Of course, we don’t have the exact numbers, but we can give a pretty good estimate of the “great” effort people make in their searches for a click-through study on Google.
People do not click on all results and not all have the same number of clicks. Exactly the opposite. There are huge differences. The first 3 results will overwhelm the highest clickthrough rate. It is more than the rest of the 7 on the first page (by default, it shows 1 page 10 results in the search engine). On the other hand, in Google, you only have a clickthrough rate of around 4%. And the more it goes, the worse it is.
And do you know what a lot of people will do when they don’t find them on the first page, what they’re looking for? Enter new keywords. And the whole process round. I sometimes do it. But in this way it is not always possible to find the best, as the most popular results are often the first. Not necessarily the best.
And that is the second wisdom in Ray’s thought. Hiding in the sentence “One of the best century storytellers, you never heard of it.”
It does not rank best according to whether it is a bestseller or very well known. This is a mistake many people make. It’s popular, so it must be good is just one of the many mistakes in thinking. But millions of people believe in corrupt but popular politicians. Does it make them a good man just because he is popular? Let me just think I want to… N E R O B I.
The best and highest quality teachers can be found in people who didn’t do things for fame, but fame was the result of their incredibly good work.
Get around the right people
“Get rid of those friends who make fun of you and don’t believe in you.”
I wouldn’t be such an extremist to burn bridges with everyone, but one thing is for sure. It is unbelievable how much it affects us and the people around us. If you were experiencing demotivation every day in your neighborhood, you wouldn’t try to do anything creative.
When you are an adult, you have a choice of who and how often you spend time with him. And whether or not.
You can be sure that successful entrepreneurs get to know other successful entrepreneurs. You can be sure that successful writers are familiar with other successful writers. Also, scientists, inventors, artists… put whatever you want. The formula repeats over and over. They are surrounded by the right people who have a similar mindset to them.
Don’t take it as a job
“Writing is not a serious activity. It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be happy with it … I don’t write things to benefit the world. If that happens, great. But that wasn’t my goal. My goal was to have a lot of fun. I didn’t work a day in my life. The joy of writing drove me from day to day and from year to year. ‘
Today, there is a special assumption that work is automatically equal to boredom, poisoning and distaste. Okay, I think that not all types of work are breathtaking and are the epitome of unforgettable and breathtaking experiences.
But the same attitude may not be part of creative work. You will work. “Inspiration exists,” Picasso said, “but he must see you work.” If you have to overcome something, it will be seen. But how can you do this so that you don’t have to overcome and achieve joy? Another point will answer that.
Focus on the process, not the goal
“All my books were a surprise. I never knew where I was going. That’s great fun. When I wrote my detective, I start with some characters, but, to hell, I didn’t know where it was going. “
I do not know how you are, but I am in favor of personal development. This is the creativity itself. Keep moving and invent something new. But what am I not? The Representation of Personality Development in Classic Pre-Motivated Form. There are many useful things, but also a lot of nonsense. One of them is too clinging to goals.
Want to be successful? Give yourself goals. Write them down and you are more likely to fulfill them.
Although, according to this study, it is true that when you write a goal, you increase the likelihood of success. But nobody thought about whether it had any side effects. Until a study published in Harvard Business Review, which found that excessive target fixation does not benefit happiness or internal motivation. Among other things.
Even if Ray Bradbury initially recommended writing 50 stories in a year, it may look like a target on the surface. But for those who have noticed a deeper sense, it is much more. It is not recommended to write 50 short stories in order to write 50 short stories and sniff a yearly goal. They say write them 50 to train. Only then will you improve. His attention is not directed to writing 50 short stories. His attention is focused on the process of improvement. The 50 stories are just a way to do that.
So do you need goals? Yes. Otherwise you would just wander. But, focus on the process that gets you to him. Not the goal itself.
One more proof. Let’s go back to your hobbies for a moment. Do you have goals with them? No, that’s why you still enjoy it.
Don’t listen to critics unless they give you meaningful feedback
“How come the boy I was in October of 1929 could tear off Buck Rogers’ cartoon series when his classmates laughed at him for a month to conclude that all his friends were fools and plunged into collecting again ? Where did such judgment and power come from? What process did I go through to say: How would I not live. Who’s killing me? What am I missing? What is the medicine for? As you can see, I was able to answer these things. I named my illness: tearing cartoons. And I found a cure: to restore their collection, no matter what. “
Hejter: a noun, a person who cannot constructively express his or her negative opinion or cause. He has to solve his complexes by throwing others away to lift himself up.
Unfortunately, even these people are among us. But if their opinion does not move you anywhere, then waste their time. Leave them to tell theirs and do not deal with it. Maybe they had a bad day, they need to improve their mood, and you were the first to kick. Oh, no.
If it’s not a person who knows the area you’re doing, he can’t push you forward with your feedback or recommendations, follow the simple rule: one ear in, the other out.
Recommended Resources to learn more about Ray Bradbury:
- Ray Bradbury – Zen and Art Writing (Book)
- Lecture at The Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea