The late William Trevor on short story writing: “I think it is the art of the glimpse. If the novel is like an intricate Renaissance painting, the short story is an impressionist painting. It should be an explosion of truth. Its strength lies in what it leaves out just as much as what it puts in, if not more. It is concerned with the total exclusion of meaninglessness. Life, on the other hand, is meaningless most of the time. The novel imitates life, where the short story is bony, and cannot wander. It is essential art.”

(source: The Guardian)

Zen in Wickedness

“You had to run with a night like this, so the sadness could not hurt.” Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)

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In his book, Zen in the Art of Writing, (brought to my attention by Paula Cappa in her blog post, Writing is Survival, Ray Bradbury’s Zen), Bradbury states, that “The faster you blurt, the more swiftly you write, the more honest you are.” Reading Something Wicked This Way Comes and enjoying his energetic prose, I was struck by how immediately this statement becomes apparent.