8 Great Books on Writing Used by Ray Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury, a celebrated novelist and short story writer, never had a formal education. Instead of relying on the classroom, he relied on books. He didn’t go to college, but he did go to the library three days a week for ten years. These eight books on writing are just a few of the works he studied while improving his craft.

Each of these writing resources had a significant impact on the famous works he would later publish. Maybe they could have a similar impact on you.


Becoming A Writer
by Dorothea Brand

Trial and Error
by Jack Woodford

The Summing Up
by W. Somerset Maugham

How to Write a Play
by Lajos Egri

Characters Make Your Story
by Maren Elwood

Hartrampfs Vocabulary Builder

Tyranny of Words
by Stuart Chase

Language in Action
by Hayakawa


In February of 2019 I researched Ray Bradbury for my author biography series. As I read, I would notice the occasional book on writing mentioned. I decided to make a list of those books, particularly the books that stood out to Bradbury as he studied the craft of storytelling. I hope if you find yourself in possession of one of these classic books you will find them as helpful as Ray Bradbury once did!

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Til next time,

Bex


Bex Skoog (formerly Bex Gorsuch) is a professional book blogger and Instagram coach who, when she’s not connecting readers with their next great read, helps authors learn the ins and outs of their social media platforms, online book marketing strategies, and branding. She has been seen on publications like the Self Publishing Formula Podcast, BookSparks, the Literary Edit, and Inverse. Author Influence is her flagship course which teaches authors everything they need to know about successful book marketing on Instagram. For a limited time, she has made a free introductory course available. You can sign up for the free 3-day email course here.


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Bex Skoog

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Bex Skoog is the creator of the 'Out of the Bex' website, a guide to a more thoughtful life through books and simple living. If she had three wishes they would be for teacups to never empty, to possess an unending supply of classic films, and have access to the world's greatest libraries. Bex lives in Virginia outside of Washington D.C. with her husband and hundreds of stray books.

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