On the Blog Chain: Influenced? Me?
Again we are back with another installment of the Blog Chain. Give a big round of applause to Christine, our hostess with the most-tess, for this round as she posed the following question:
Which author or authors have most influenced your writing and how?
I was giddy with excitement until I found out I would be toward the bottom of the list with my answer and I started reading everybody’s posts. A sinking feeling hit the pit of my stomach.
Everyone is mentioning my influences for the same reasons. Really, it was incredible. Almost all of them wrote about an author who I loved reading during my childhood and today . . . be it learning different writing techniques or simply inspiring the imagination, or just for the fun of reading these books. Here are those authors on my list of influences that my fellow Blog Chainers mentioned:
Christine: Shakespeare, Poe
Sarah: Neil Gaiman
Kate: Mary Higgins Clark
Shaun: Terry Brooks
Shannon: John Steinbeck
Sandra: Mercedes Lackey
Eric: Piers Anthony, Stephen King
Although, a few of the Blog Chainers did post about authors I’ve never read before (but soon will) like these ones.
Margie: Norma Klein, Laurie Halse Anderson, Maeve Binchy
Laura: Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Somerset Maugham
Cole: Stephanie Meyer
Michelle M.: Suzanne Collins, Orson Scott Card
Amanda: Bernard Cornwell, J.K. Rowling, Patricia Briggs
And this is only a small sampling of the many authors everyone posted about (so go visit the links to see the others). I had a hard time thinking on whom to add, and for what reason they influenced me that hasn’t been mentioned. Then I delved far back into my memories of childhood. There is one who influenced me, not for the love of a genre, not for how they wrote a story, not for learning any type of techniques, but for the mere love of writing. They inspired me to sit down on my bedroom floor those many years ago and place ink on paper. They inspired me to research my heart out on those topics of which I knew very little. They gave me the courage and the tools to improve upon my writing and how to shape a story.
Funk & Wagnall’s New Encyclopedias
Yes, I’m crediting an influence to 29 encyclopedias that helped me from grade school into high school with every assignment paper I had to turn in. For if it wasn’t the ease of reading those entries, of developing a working knowledge of how to string paragraphs together into something not only educational, but entertaining, for my teachers to the point where every one of those educators suggested for me to take creative writing classes, I wouldn’t be where I am today. A writer.
Make sure you read Christine’s post who started the chain, and Eric’s post who came before mine. Heck, click on everyone who posted on this topic. I gave you the means. Get to reading! See you next time with a new question answered.
Posted by Michelle H.