Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Inspiration and Perspiration
What type of book do you read for writing inspiration, and why? Do you read fiction or non-fiction, and what genres? Mysteries and YA, or archeology and astronomy?
Good question Deb! I guess I need different kinds of inspiration.
For book ideas? Recently, I read through a copy of Scientific American and got so many new sci-fi ideas. I love mooching off the latest technology! The Little House books by Laura Ingalls inspired my second novel about a kick-ass, flint-lock rifle-shooting gal in the upper Mississippi territories. I wanted to take a smart, strong frontier girl and amp her up a notch. Someday I'll revive Polly Sterling out of that shelved novel.
But truthfully? Most of my ideas don't usually come from books or magazines. I have a running fascination with the human body, disease, mortality, and fertility that keep cropping up as themes in my writing and poetry.
For writing style and plotting? YA books for sure. When I'm sad that I've hit the last page, or have to reread a paragraph just so I can turn of words around in my brain again...*sigh* These books make me sweat and work harder (No inspiration, no perspiration!). Here's a teeny, tiny list of books and how they inspired me:
The Hunger Games: Make every sentence earn its existence. There is no superfluous fluff in there.
Harry Potter: Keep the MC's goal very clear and the reader desperate for a resolution. (JK should have renamed the book "That-Which-Cannot-Be-Put-Down")
The Scorpio Races: Flawless world building. Loved her non-stagnant, lyrical prose.
There are so many other books that inspire me (as well as many that have taught me what I don't want to do), but then this post would be waaaaay too long.
Is there a particular book that's inspired your writing?