I think all the time about what to write about, the story and the characters. It doesn’t matter if I’m driving in the car or out eating lunch I seem to always have an idea that needs to be jotted down on a note pad. I prefer to do my writing in the mornings. That is when my mind is most clear and the writing seems to flow best. I can usually find a couple hours each day during the week to write, after I have taken the kids to school. Any writing when the kids are home is pretty much a no go. I need a block of time to get into a zone.
I like to read. That is probably one of the leading inspirations to me writing a book. What do I like to read and what inspires me.
I have always loved reading fantasy. The kinds of books with dragons and knights. Starting in Junior high I read a series of books called the Dragon Lance Chronicles.
I then read the Hobbit by Jr Tolken, fallowed by the Lord of the rings trilogy. I still think the Hobbit is my favorite of those stories. (Don’t see the movie, it will ruin it for you.)I first remember the hobbit being read to me by my Dad when I was about six years old. He was reading the book and he read the chapter about the spiders in Mirkwood to me. It was kind of hard for a six year old to fallow even though I was not the one doing the reading.
Right now I am reading a 14 book series called the wheel of time by Robert Jordan. I get most of my inspiration from books I am currently reading. Robert Jordan is excellent at character development. He can write one sentence of dialog on a page and then write about the motivation for that sentence for the rest of the page. He writes like this for pages at a time. I am not able to write that kind of dialog my self. It is something to aspire to. To say the least they are very enjoyable books.
I like books that are real. The ones that don’t add fluff but say it just the way it is. They are honest books. I am a fan of Hemingway’s writings. I have read several of his writings including a short book called old man and the see and a for whom the bell tolls. My favorite book of his I have read is a fair well to arms. The ending was just so sad. It was the first book to ever make me cry.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my most favorite books. I like the character Atticus Finch. On almost every page there is some word of wisdom. Its a story of character, values and morals. Its an inspiration to me. I like to read for entertainment but a book can be so much more than that. It can say something. I aspire to say something in all of my writings. Other wise why would I write it?
I’m half way threw Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. His writing is in the first person and flows naturally. Though I’m not sure if I like his main character. He’s a liar who cusses far to much and a smoker. Yet I feel for him. But in any case what ever book I am currently reading it makes me want to write.
I haven’t read a lot of suspense novels or science fiction so its kind of ironic that one might think the current work I’m writing might fall in ether one of those categories. But its actually doesn’t. I hope to be writing something real or honest like all the authors I mentioned already.
Those are some of my current inspirations. Share with me what yours are or some of your favorite books and why.