Okay, so Ray Bradbury didn’t say directly to ‘write like the Mechanical Hound is after you’, but I am sure that is what he meant.
In 2006, he wrote a letter to Shauna Thorup, the Assistant Director of Fayetteville Public Library, with details of how he had produced the first draft of what would become Fahrenheit 451.
Bradbury explained that one day he was wandering around the library of UCLA, when he discovered a bank of typewriters down in the basement. These could be ‘hired’ for thirty minutes at a time, by inserting a dime into a timer.
Nine days later, $9.80 produced 25,000 words, which constituted the ‘The Fireman’.
Time and money were literally ticking away.
So he wrote fast.
Constantly aware that the ‘Mechanical Hound’ was getting closer and closer, only to be held at bay by throwing more dimes, like toffees, to keep the jaws preoccupied. For the next thirty minutes, at least.
So, grab yourself some loose change and start the timer.
25,000 words in $9.80, anyone?
Modern classic at the end? I will leave that up to you!