Wednesday, May 7, 2014
IWSG - How do you learn?
Welcome to another edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! This hop is spearheaded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and there is a website where you can add your name to the list and join us!
I don't know about you, but I've noticed that when I'm writing, whatever book I'm reading at the time influences my writing style. For example, I've been listening to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series on audiobook while driving. If you're not familiar with her work, she writes epic novels that are packed with evocative descriptions and great dialogue. Because of this, I notice that when I sit down to write I pay more attention to description and character emotion, and I spend more time exploring those aspects of the story. I'm not trying to copy Diana's style, but being immersed in her example makes me more aware of those parts of my own writing. Does that make sense?
I've also been reading a lot of Jim Butcher's Dresden series as well, and it makes me think more about humor and how it can be effectively used in writing. The story and characters have to be right for it, but it's definitely something I want to try to explore in my own work.
Are you aware of other authors influencing how you write? Do you have a favorite author (or three) that you use as an example of how to do something well? Please share in the comments--I'm always excited to find more inspirations!