Zen in the Art of Writing

Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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"Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a land mine. The land mine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces back together. Now, it's your turn. Jump!"

Zest. Gusto. Curiosity. These are the qualities every writer must have, as well as a spirit of adventure. In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing. Here are practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft - everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style - as well as the inside story of Bradbury's own remarkable career as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems, films, and plays.

Zen in the Art of Writing is more than just a how-to manual for the would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you. In it, Bradbury encourages us to follow the unique path of our instincts and enthusiasms to the place where our inner genius dwells, and he shows that success as a writer depends on how well you know one subject: your own life.

©1994 Ray Bradbury Enterprises (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Evocative fuel for any Muse!

This book has been a deeply cherished favorite of mine since adolescence. I've hoped to find it on Audible for years. It's finally here.

Mr. Frangione's narration brings Bradbury's dynamically vital text to life. What a relief to find a voice so perfectly suited to such spiritually demanding material!

As I listened, I worked on Surrealistic drawings, refreshed and reminded of wisdom that had been instilled by Bradbury decades ago.

These are lessons for life, immediately applicable to any life lived in mindfulness and flow.

Reaching the end, I shed my first tears of joy in recent memory.

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Passionate Writing Inspiration

Very inspiring! Keep in mind that this is a collection of essays on writing. Bradbury gives so much inspiration and you feel his passion of the craft. It truly makes you want to grab a notebook and start jotting down your own titles for story inspiration to bloom from.

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Good advice - re-readable.

Glad I bought this one, I'll be listening to it again. Bradbury had immense innate talent, but he also had a perseverance and discipline that can be learned.

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Great, informative book!

I love Ray Bradbury and this book gave some helpful advice to an aspiring writer.

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inspirational

If you've been feeling blocked, unmotivated or forgot how much FUN it can be to write, this will help. It's humorous and inspirational. He talks about how he got started writing and how he kept going. There's also a chapter where he answers reader's questions about his books, which was interesting.

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Insightful and generous

I am a writer by hobby and I am very happy to have read this. Ray shares his intimate thoughts about his writing journey including his struggles while keeping it fast and completely on point. I came away feeling educated on how to write better and stick with it. I was very encouraged by this read. Thank you Mr Bradbury

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Loved the energy and inspiration

Loved the feeling the narrator put in the words read. Opened my eyes to other ways of honing my creativity, imagination, and personal growth.

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Very inspiring!

I found this book just as fascinating as the Martian Chronicles, for different reasons. It informs, educates, and entertains. My only peeves with this recording is the tone of the narrator. He read the entire book with a emphatic almost bombastic tone that didn’t match the content.

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Non-essential

Thus book has some decent writing advice/inspiration, but the author spends too much time talking about himself rather than the craft of writing.
He tells stories about his boyhood, his adult encounters with literary agents and often spends time on things that are irrelevant to the modern writer, such as the cost of renting a type writer.
If you want to hear a Bradbury's memoir you have come to right place. If all you really want is writing advice, I advise that you skip this title.
#tagsgiving

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Yeah, no

No thanks, not for me at all

I wanted to learn more about telling and writing stories, I don't need inspiration or motivation—I need what will help me improve and grow. And well this book was recommended to me, but it failed to meet my needs.