Thursday, January 24, 2013

Writing Influences

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Today's question:
For writers: Who (or what) has influenced your writing the most?

Our Answers

Matt: Reading.

Cambria: Hmm...I'm going to have to go old school and say Christopher Pike, Lois Duncan, and Stephen King. I loved the creepy feeling I got when I read their books as a kid and that's what I always aim for in my own writing. Call me weird, but I love getting feedback from critique partners that include things like, "Dude. You're messed up" or "I'm wondering if you're really an axe murderer" in the margins of my WIP.

Katy: All of the fantastic YA novels I read, especially the contemporaries. Also, my husband. He's a big part of why I love to read and write romance.

Jessica: My students, for sure! The books they read, the things they go through, and the way they interact. I often think, man there isn't a book for THIS KID. So I decided to try to write those books. 

Sara: My grandmother was an author—my uncle, tooso I started writing stories very early because of them. I’m drawn more toward creating stories with fantastical elements, I think, because I started reading Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels in elementary school (and very quickly moved into his Incarnations of Immortality and the Apprentice Adept series) and completely fell in love with all the fantasy and sci-fi elements. As for the romance aspects that I can’t seem to go without, I discovered Nora Roberts at the start of high school and pretty much read every book I could get my hands on. (Plus, I just love love. Maybe it's cheesy, but I truly believe it's one of life's best feelings.) And regarding the YA element… I’m not exactly sure. My main characters have ranged between the ages of 14 and 18 since I was about nine myself. Maybe they started out as a dream, because I couldn’t wait to be a teen? And now I just love focusing on that time of life when everything, all emotions and discoveries, just feel so NEW, yanno?

Copil: One of the most influential writers for me was Daniel Pinkwater. His characters are funny and irreverent and his stories are filled with whimsy and magic. I discovered him at a time when I was just starting to realize the world could be a scary place and his stuff encouraged me to keep innocent eyes.

KarenMy life and everyone in it. Past, present, and possible future. A big game changer was my favorite teacher of all time, Louise Geczy. I had her for Creative Writing in high school. I thought I'd hate that class, but turns out it was the best move I ever made. It also led to Creative Writing 2 and working on the school's literary magazine. When I was graduating, Mrs. Geczy told me that someday I'd write a book. I laughed it off. Little did I know she was psychic too.

Your turn!


Candice said...

I think what influences my writing is the search for the spark whether it be love or a thing of beauty or just anything that gets that exciting bubbly feeling going!

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