Ray Bradbury was one of America’s most celebrated writers. An undisputed master of the scince fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery fiction genres, he wrote more than 27 novels and 600 short stories. They include the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and The Martian Chronicles, (1950) a collection of science fiction and horror stories. Many of them have been adapted into television shows or films. (See Fahrenheit 451 full-length movie).
Bradbury passed away last month but thanks to University of California Television (UCTV) his spirit lives on in a video they uploaded to You Tube featuring a speech he delivered to a group of writers and fans at the Sixth Annual Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University. He regales them with candid accounts of his life experiences, revealing his passion for writing and offering them tips on how to hone their literary skills. It’s Ray Bradbury in top form, totally captivating his audience with a speech aptly entitled ‘Telling the Truth.”
Some of his advice – don’t start out writing novels, they take too long; write with joy; develop a love for movies, preferably old ones; learn from the old literary masters.
It’s a video absolutely worth watching. For writers, there’s much to learn.