With Camp NaNoWriMo all done (yet not yet dusted at 95K words and then some), it’s time to revisit some of my favorite authors. Here’s an old/new interview on Ray Bradbury by the Paris Review.
I’m a California boy. I don’t tell anyone how to write and no one tells me…
….A conglomerate heap of trash, that’s what I am. But it burns with a high flame.
….I used to study Eudora Welty. She has the remarkable ability to give you atmosphere, character, and motion in a single line. In one line! You must study these things to be a good writer. Welty would have a woman simply come into a room and look around. In one sweep she gave you the feel of the room, the sense of the woman’s character, and the action itself. All in twenty words. And you say, How’d she do that? What adjective? What verb? What noun? How did she select them and put them together?