Comments on my recent blog post have left me thinking a lot about the importance of inspiration, particularly from others. It’s left me wondering this question: What writer inspires you?
I am the most encouraged to write, the most excited about a story when I am reading a truly great novel. My favorite writer is the incredible Charles Martin, who uses ordinary people, extraordinary plotlines, and fantastic language to weave a novel so breathtaking that all I want to do is pull out my laptop and try to craft at least one scene—at least one sentence—as beautifully as he does. W. Dale Cramer does the same thing with his Southern stories; he has a way of saying the most profound things in simple, unshakeable ways. Lisa Samson asks really hard questions and is unafraid of her search for an answer, no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient it might be. Melody Carlson takes the uncanny—whether it be cult life, drug addiction, or multiple personalities—and shows the mighty power of God in each of her stories. Nancy Rue brings healing with every word that she types and Susan Meissner simply leaves me spellbound with stories as clear and refreshing as a freshwater stream on a summer’s day. Ray Blackston uses humor to make me laugh, and then long after I’ve stopped laughing, I keep thinking about his themes and his conversation with me, the reader.
Fantasy writer Christopher Paolini captivates me with his tales of Alagaesia, mostly because I’ve always wanted a dragon. J.K. Rowling consistently has me coming back for more of her magical characters. I find myself dreaming of C.S.Lewis’ Narnia, looking for Aslan wherever I go and then demanding that my poodle actually talk to me like I really suspect she can. Tolkien’s Middle Earth has followed me to Africa and back again, where I’m convinced it’s all the more glorious in the Southern Hemisphere. And there’s another writer that I’m thinking of here, but that’s another post for another day… my first book feature, perhaps?
I have more favorites and inspirations than the ones I listed above. These are just a few. But now I’m asking you. When you think about the Company you keep, who makes you the most excited? Who inspires you? Who has you racing for your laptop, pen, and notebook no matter how late it is? Who keeps you dreaming of your day as a published author? Who, at the very mention of their names, makes you tremble from excitement of being counted amongst their ranks?
Who is in your great Hall of Fame? I’m excited to read your responses—I’m always on the look for something great to read!
See you Thursday!
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