Ray Bradbury is one of America’s most beloved writers, working within multiple genres and creating everything from science fiction thrillers to fantasy adventures. Other than the incredible stories Ray Bradbury has left us, his routine is also a point of interest: he didn’t have one! Whenever asked about a routine or schedule Bradbury simply answered that his passion’s scheduled him, he didn’t need a schedule of any kind because day after day he would find himself in front of the typewriter because he loved what he did. With countless short story collections and epic dystopian novels like Fahrenheit 451, the lack of a schedule didn’t seem to hold him back.

My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this.

Ray Bradbury

Writing Shouldn’t be Work

I guess the main message Ray Bradbury was trying to send to people was that writing just simply wasn’t work to him. When looking at our own schedules and projects, maybe we should reassess our own approaches, and perhaps bring it more in line with Bradbury’s. Instead of writing at the same time everyday we should write when we want to. Take a freehand approach when we are inspired. The only difficulty would be trying to match Bradbury’s passion for writing, something I am sure is not easy.

 I’ve never worked a day in my life. The joy of writing has propelled me from day to day and year to year. 

Ray Bradbury

The question we should ask ourselves as writers before we think about plot, character and the nitty gritty specifics of our projects is quite simply: are we happy? Are we happy with what we’re writing? If we’re not happy maybe we should reassess our ideas and try something new. It is quite possible to imagine that we would never have seen stories like A Sound of Thunder or Fahrenheit 451 if Bradbury didn’t love what he was writing.

The Bottom Line…

It’s simple really, we should learn to love the process. I don’t want to sound like other inhabitants of the internet like Gary Vaynerchuck, or others with a motivational string to their bow, but I guess what they say is true. We have to love the process of what we’re doing, just as Bradbury loves to write, Vaynerchuck loves to build business. If we don’t learn to love the process of creating how will anyone learn to love our content? We should be passionate about what we do, burning with the urge to get our work done, regardless of money and material, our only motivation should be the joy of writing. The wonder of throwing our voice out there into the world. It’s all about the process.