In the most recent episode of the animated PBS series Blank on Blank, legendary author Ray Bradbury shares his thoughts about friendship, his fear of heights, and his absolute love of storytelling in an almost-lost 1972 interview with college students Lisa Potts and Chad Coates that took place as they were driving him to a lecture at Chapman College in Orange County, California.
If you can’t resist, if the typewriter is like candy to you, you train yourself for a lifetime. Every single day of your life, some wild new thing to be done. You write to please yourself. You write for the joy of writing. Then your public reads you and it begins to gather around your selling a potato peeler in an alley, you know. The enthusiasm, the joy itself draws me. So that means every day of my life I’ve written. When the joy stops, I’ll stop writing.
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