(Yes, I’m thinking of making this a series)
By Bob McCrillis
While poking around on the internet to find some of Ray Bradbury’s earliest short stories, I discovered his twelve rules for writing. Elmore Leonard wasn’t the only one – imagine. A celebrated author, presumably with a busy schedule, took the time to codify his rules and tips. His willingness to share them with the world was, to me, even more shocking – why encourage competitors?
My much-boasted-about short story per week for a year effort came from the first of Mr. Bradbury’s twelve rules:
- Don’t start out writing novels. They take too long. Begin your writing life instead by cranking out “a hell of a lot of short stories,” as many as one per week. Take a year to do it; he claims that it simply isn’t possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row. He waited until the age of 30 to write his first novel, Fahrenheit 451. “Worth waiting for, huh?”