Yesterday I stumbled across a 22 minute interview with Ray Bradbury done by the National Endowment for the Arts’ “The Big Read” program. It’s well worth watching. There’s even a loud car purr to relax by 😀
But, watching this interview, I was struck by just how vivid and alive Bradbury is compared to some people I’ve met. He’s refused to be mocked by the world into disguising, hiding, and getting rid of his enthusiasms, and it shows.
How many people do you know go to Paris to walk the streets while stopping to read TENDER IS THE NIGHT along the way? It’s the actual physical act of getting out into the world and colliding with it that can generate so many new ideas.
Enthusiasms can also act as road signs of what to write about as a writer. They can help a writer find his or her voice. For example, a passion for astronomy could turn into a science fiction story or a literary novel about an astronomer. And I’ve noticed how “catching” enthusiasm is. I’m not into cars, but by watching the hosts of “Top Gear” on the BBC talk with passion about cars, I’ve caught some of their enthusiasm and am starting to pay attention to the cars and trucks I see daily.
Bradbury has priceless advice to give on finding one’s voice as a writer, both in ZEN AND THE ART OF WRITING and in this “The Big Read” interview. Check them out.