Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bradbury Bytes



AND THEY WERE ALL, WHEN THEIR SOULS GREW WARM, POETS...I WANTED TO SHOW WHAT WE ALL HAVE IN US, THAT IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, 
AND SO FEW OF US BOTHER TO NOTICE. 
WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHERE I GET MY IDEAS, I LAUGH. HOW STRANGE - WE'RE SO BUSY LOOKING OUT, TO FIND WAYS AND MEANS, WE
FORGET TO LOOK IN.
(Ray Bradbury, The Writer Archive 4/2008)

It might be an incident, an image outside of us that whets our imagination's appetite but the real hunger for story, the hunger to tell a story, happens inside of us. How many of us turn to books and articles about the craft, search for ways to beat writer's block, hunt inspiration down so we can trap it, cage it, maybe stuff it and mount it on the wall so it's always there, always ours? That's not to say that we can't look for guidance other places but the real answers, the inspiration, the storyteller, the poet are already within us. We just have to look.   

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the inspiration, Madeline -- and Mr. Bradbury!

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  2. Thanks for the reminder! It is easy to get caught up in looking outside ourselves for the answers.

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  3. I write when things around me don't make sense, but again I write when things make sense too. there has to be something that touches our soul and yes we have to come from that place where there is care for humanity. Madeline and Mr.Bradbury , you just reminded me that I exist. Thanks!

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  4. I'm so glad you're all enjoying these quotes and that you're finding them inspirational. I know it helps me to read them and write them up. :)

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  5. Another wonderful reminder. Thanks, Madeline.

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  6. There's a story idea in here somewhere, I know it... ;-)

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