The Bradbury Challenge

I recently watched a video of a lecture given by Ray Bradbury, American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction author. Bradbury is considered by many to be one of the greatest short fiction writers of all time. Many of his stories have impacted me deeply in one way or another, but I’d never before thought to search for any of his writing advice. I stumbled upon this lecture from 2001 in which he presents several important things beginning writers should do to improve their craft. As a result of the video I have decided to take on the following challenges to improve my writing:

I encourage you to watch Ray Bradbury’s lecture on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W-r7ABrMYU

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.” -Ray Bradbury

  1. Starting today, 9/24/16, until next year this day, 9/24/17, I will attempt to write 52 short stories. One short story a week. This will probably be one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, but if I can push through, I’m sure I’ll be a better writer for it. I’ll keep you up to date in semi-regular posts as I progress with this part of the challenge. It’s Saturday, and I’ve already written my short story for this week, and I will start work on my short story for next week shortly.
  2. Starting yesterday, 9/23/16 I want to read at least one short story per day. It’s been said by many that one of the most important factors in improving your craft is to be a constant reader. I’ve always read a lot of books, but not every day, and not often was my reading short fiction. I want to be a short form writer, and I need to read more short form. To keep track of this challenge, I will create a page on this site to catalog the stories I’ve read.

I’ve wanted to take my writing seriously and to the next level for some time and this is the way I think will best help me reach my goals. Keeping this site posted will help me stay accountable. If you’re serious about writing, I hope you’ll join me in ‘The Bradbury Challenge’ to improve your craft. If you want to join me, or even to share your thoughts and feelings on the challenge, I encourage you to do so in the comments below.

-ESF

 

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