We had an interesting question in class today, our instructor wanted to know who we read a lot of and whether they have influenced our writing style. With the younger crowd, Harry Potter seemed to be a big hit, but for me, the classics/award winners were my favorite growing up. I read the Caitlin series, Anne of Green Gables, The Saddle Club, The Black Stallion, Indian and the Cupboard, Ramona and Beezus, Julie of the Wolves and many, many, more. I also had the scholastic magazine subscription, which I loved. Basically when I was a kid if it had words in it – I read it.
Fast forward to when I am a teenager, I read even more, getting into John Saul, Stephen King, Louis L’amour, a few romance writers, such as Catherine Coulter, (Gone With The Wind, anyone?), and so many more I couldn’t begin to name them all. At this point it became, if my parents had it in the house – I read it.
Fast forward to when I was working full-time, I switched over to fantasy/sci-fi for a bit, reading Charlaine Harris, J.K. Rowling, Victoria Aveyard, Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card, P.C. Cast, Madelyn Alt, Stephenie Meyer, Richelle Mead, Suzanne Collins, just to name a few.
With my fantasy fill complete, I switched over to chick-lit more recently with Meg Cabot, Janet Evanovich, Jenny Colgan, Christie Craig, Jennifer Crusie, Jennifer Weiner, and more leading my reading adventures.
Now here is the tough question, do I think they’ve influenced my writing style? Most certainly. I read them all – many more than once – because I loved their writing and in turn their style. I have such a varied background in reading that it is difficult for me to pinpoint one author who has influenced my writing style the most.
I think my writing style changes over time, and it changes often depending on what I am reading. For example, I am currently into chick-lit stories, and the novel I am working on is leaning towards that category, which is rather unsurprising. If I were to try to write a fantasy novel right now, while I am reading chick-lit stories I think that I would fail to even get proper words on the page! It seems to me, that what you are reading very much influences what you are writing at the time.
Tell me what you think? How has your writing style been influenced and by whom?
Thanks for reading!