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From the Archives – Write Like the Mechanical Hound is After You!

Audi Version on Another previous post, which seemed right to put out again after the last one on Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451. This post concentrates on the writing of the original story from which the book developed. Okay, so Ray Bradbury didn’t say directly to ‘write like the Mechanical Hound is after you’, […]

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From the Archives – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

I was looking back through some of the older posts and I thought that this one was worthy of dusting off. I’ve altered a few little bits to update it, but it is mostly what I originally wrote. I hope you enjoy it. Recently I revisited one of my favourite Ray Bradbury novels in Fahrenheit […]

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Day 469 – The Saturday Answer.

The usual recap to begin . . . . . . The Friday Question was, What specific style/genre/type of writing is the one you most want to write? And my Saturday Answer is . . . . . . One which changes all the time! If I read a thriller, then I want to write […]

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Day 465 – Revisiting Ray Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’.

If you have read any of my other posts then you already know that I am a fan of Podcasts and Audiobooks. Today, I revisited one of my favourite Ray Bradbury novels in F451, with a great audio version narrated by Tim Robbins. One of the many things which struck me this time around was […]

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Day 431 – A Million.

Ray Bradbury encouraged us to ‘write a thousand words a day for three years’ and then we would become writers. At just over a million words that might be your 10,000 hour rule for writers. Interestingly in the study which Malcolm Gladwell came across to coin his 10,000 hour rule, the focus was violinists and […]

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Day 425 – What’s Your Next Project?

There should always be a next project. What is it? Still finishing up on a current project? It doesn’t matter. There should already be another project. How far through planning and scheduling it are you? Get on with it! I’ll admit it is a fine line between dividing your creative focus between finishing your current […]

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Day 421 – The Saturday Answer and Other Stuff.

Quick Recap – The Friday Question was: if you could have written one book, painted one picture, or performed/written one song – what would it be? It is so easy to run off a list of at least a dozen books for this answer, but I’m going to be good and only give you the […]

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Day 399 – Writing Like . . .

One of the best ways for a writer not to write is to do research. The best kind of research for a writer not to write is to research how other writers write. Or don’t write. Being able to counteract your wife’s accusatory statement of ‘I thought you said you were writing?’ As the reason […]

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Write Like The Mechanical Hound Is After You – Advice From Ray Bradbury.

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 […]

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Five Minute Writing.

First two pieces of advice – one from Seth Godin, and the other from Ray Bradbury. Seth Godin, on how to give a five-minute presentation: Give a four-minute presentation and take your time. Ray Bradbury, on writing: Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way. Go slow or go quick? Write […]