Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

Photo-a-day 114/365 Zen and the art of writing


No time for going out taking pictures because I'm still bogged down in writing essays and thinking about the final assignment for the advanced creative writing course.

The Ray Bradbury book was beside my desk because my tutor had asked me to post a quote I'd used in my last assignment. It's actually a favourite of mine, about making writing vivid.

'Why all this insistence on the senses? Because in order to convince your reader that he is there, you must assault each of his senses in turn with color, sound, taste and texture. If your reader feels the sun on his flesh, the wind fluttering his shirt sleeves, half your fight is won. The most improbable tales can be made believable, if your reader, through his senses, feels certain that he stands in the middle of events. [...] The logic of events always gives way to the logic of the senses.'

From the essay "How to keep and feed a muse" in
Bradbury, R. (1992) Zen in the Art of Writing, New York: Bantam.
Tags: 365 photo project, photography, writing, writing reflection

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