Advice to Writers: "Wear Books Like Hats"

Here we are at the end of January, that time of year when New Year's resolutions begin to flag. If your commitment to writing could use a boost, remember that Winter II classes are starting soon! Also, here are some words of inspiration from Ray Bradbury to help you on your way. That wonderful man. This quote made me want to sit down immediately and write:

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

Stephen King had something related, and more pointed, to say, so I'll let him have the last word:

“I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they 'don’t have time to read.' This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn’t have time to buy any rope or pitons.”