Writer’s quote Wednesday 2015-6: Ray Bradbury

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.

Writer's Quote Wed 2015

This year I want to get more in-depth with the quotes and the author of the quote, by adding names of books, poetry, and music to the mix. Tell something about the author to engage us with the quote.

A quote from a piece of music is just as inspiring as a quote that you read in a book.  You can provide images of music with the words, or a portion of a song with an image. Get creative!

Be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

If you do not do a ping-back, please post a comment on this post with a link to your post so I can find your quote. Please only post to this prompt post. Thanks so much.

Get creative and have fun!

My quote this week is from one of my favorite authors:

What does writing teach

This quote really got me to thinking when I found it, because it sums up how I feel about writing – it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.  What we share with the world, and how we say it, has a powerful impact on humanity.

The context that Ray Bradbury said this in, most probably had something to do with his novel, “Fahrenheit 451;” which dealt with a society in the future banning literature.  It is an excellent read and it will make you think about your role as a writer, blogger, and/or author.  I highly recommend it.

Ray Bradbury is responsible for bringing the genre of science fiction into popularity.  Here are a few of his novels:

Dandelion Wine
The Martian Chronicles

The Illustrated Man
The October Country

Something Wicked This Way Comes


(book image credit: Ray Bradbury Books)

How about you?  What quote inspires you?  Join in and let me know!

Thanks for dropping by to see what I am up to.  I look forward to seeing you later,


55 thoughts on “Writer’s quote Wednesday 2015-6: Ray Bradbury”

  1. This quote makes a great point that I often forget: I tend to take for granted the freedom to write what I want. (I don’t take the time to write for granted, however: that is usually stolen time for me.)

  2. Elmore Leonard started out writing westerns, then turned his talents to crime fiction. One of the most popular and prolific writers of our time, he’s written about two dozen novels, most of them bestsellers, such as Glitz, Get Shorty, Maximum Bob, and Rum Punch. Unlike most genre writers, however, Leonard is taken seriously by the literary crowd.

    he says~

    Never open a book with weather.
    Avoid prologues.
    Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
    Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
    Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
    Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
    Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
    Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
    Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
    Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
    My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

    If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

  3. The Bradbury quote reminds me of a book I read — stay with me — by philosophical anarchist, John Zerzan. He marks a huge shift in human history when people learned to talk. The talking part of our brains is separate from more primitive parts. For instance, we can recognize a plant, and know where and when it grows, if it is edible, and completely forget its name. Speech — and it’s child writing — is indeed a gift, allowing us to share our thoughts and learn from each other in ways that wouldn’t have been possible early in our history.

  4. Ray Bradbury has always been at the top of my favorites to read or watch. I agree with you both.
    There’s many quotes that’s influenced my thinking. However, my favorite writing quote that guides me most is:
    “The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.”
    Vladimir Nabokov


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