Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury: Always great for a shot of artistic adrenalin:
“So I collected comics, fell in love with carnivals and World’s Fairs and began to write.
And what, you ask, does writing teach us?
First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a
privilege, not a right. We must earn life once it has been awarded us. Life asks for
rewards back because it has favored us with animation.
So, while our art cannot, as we wish it could, save us from wars, privation, envy,
greed, old age, or death, it can revitalize us amidst it all.
Secondly, writing is survival. Any art, any good work, of course, is that.
Not to write, for many of us, is to die.
We must take arms each and every day, perhaps knowing that the battle
cannot be entirely won, but fight we must, if only a gentle bout. The
smallest effort to win means, at the end of each day, a sort of victory.”
Bravo, Ray! Write on!