Ray Bradbury has a blue-crystal mountain of excellent writing advice, but one that I think gets overlooked when it comes to writing is learning. We are told to read as much as we can, write as often as we can, but learning all that we can should be on the list too:
“I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college. People should educate themselves – you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I’d written a thousand stories.”
While I’m still supportive of attending college, Mr. Bradbury made a very good point. What new study can we writers bring into our writing? Recently, I’ve been catching up on mythology. Talk about characters and plot – it’s given me several ideas for my own short stories.
What are you interested in? Genome duplication, historical trade routes, mega supercells? I’m sure once you start digging into a subject, brainstorming bubbles will pop up all over your blank page.
Good luck and keep learning!