I came across this quote last week from an author I admire very much:

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

Ray Bradbury. Photo by Alan Light.

Ray Bradbury

Bradbury is a national treasure, not only for the stories he’s spun over the decades, but simply for the creative, imaginative way he thinks.  Each time I pick up one of his stories or one of his essays on writing, I’m struck by the zing of passion that vibrates through

his words,

his eyes,

his mind,

his characters,

his settings.

This man learned his craft the hard way, the true way, through sheer gritted-teeth determination and practice, practice, practice.  And he still has zest.  He’s still drunk on writing.  He’s still skipping one-half step ahead of, behind, and to the side of reality.

That’s exactly where a writer should be.  Standing just a bit off kilter from the mundane dimensions of ordinary life.  And enjoying being there.

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