Monday, May 24, 2010

How it Began

I've spent the last hour searching my browsing history. I know I came across someone's wonderful blog talking about what books inspired her writing. I couldn't find her post. So in honor of our mystery friend, I will write about that.

As a child, I struggled with comprehension because I was taught to 'shut myself off', because of the kind of circumstances I was thrust into. So, when I read, it was like thin rain melting on hot cement.

I struggled with every test in school based on the books the teachers assigned. Isn't it funny, that I would grow a fierce love of reading and writing as a youngling? ;)

I started writing silly poems in 4th grade, short stories in 6th, poetry and longer short stories in high school.

What really influenced my writing was not my reading (I read dark stuff, like V.C. Andrews all the time), and I don't write horror.

Because of my love of poetry, my writing was very purple prosey. These movies threw me head first in love with fantasy: The Last Unicorn, The Dark Chrystal, Legend, Labyrinth, and Willow.

All these movies are fantasy with romance woven throughout, the kind of novels I love to write!

What foundation influenced your writing, and what does now?


  1. OH my god! I watched all of those movies multiple times daily when I was a kid. Did you ever see 'The Hobbit' animated feature? that was a big one for me too.

  2. I love these films!!! Especially Dark Crystal.

    It's great to learn about what inspired writers to write - so thanks for sharing. I think for me it;s a combination of reading and watching films - there are so many!

    take care

  3. It's so interesting to see how we came to be writers. I think the books I read as a child influence me the most - and stayed with me the longest. I love happy endings, so my stories will always have a hint of romance in them as well. :)

  4. Yup, totally own all of those movies!!!!! AWESOME! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! :D

    Creepy Query Girl--LOVED the animated HOBBIT!

  5. No story is complete without romance woven through!

    FYI--because you mentioned Willow on a post a while back I pulled it out and watched it again! Thanks for the memory trip.

  6. Movies can definitely influence as much as books. And those are some great ones! I would add Princess Bride off the top of my head...

  7. Creep Query Girl: I found the animated The Hobbit very fascinating and the music is just perfect! :0)

    Jennifer: How wonderful! I wonder what kinds of stories you love to write?

    Jemi: *Sigh* I <3 romance...

    Laura: Yeah--you're welcome!

    Lisa: I love the Princess Bride--great one! ;)

  8. Yep. Love those movies too. I think I was strongly influenced by A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. I didn't even realize how much until I started writing myself at age 22.

  9. Those are awesome movies! I love fantasy stories with romance woven through. And I love prose that feels like poetry!

    Some of my favorite influences are Patricia C. Wrede, Vivian Vande Velde, Patricia McKillip, and Sherwood Smith. J. R. R. Tolkein first taught me how beautiful the english language can truly be. :D

  10. I was inspired by many books and stories - loved them as a kid and still do. After awhile I got interested in crime thrillers and even true crime stories. To this day, they're what I read most but I don't write in this area. Go figure.

  11. Wow, Angie, that's right. I had forgotten, I read that book too along with The Princess and the Goblin. Shame on me for forgetting such wonderful stories!

    Danyelle, I really love prose that feels like poetry, too! That's how I write, but I feel beaten into submission to keep from writing like that with all those rules about purple prose. *sigh*

  12. My mother is a poet, so poetry influenced me too. I never thought I was any good at it, so I ended up focusing on fiction. I was introduced to Labyrinth late, but grew up with all the others--they are so awesome :D

    As a child, I think it was my strong sense of "fairness" and "justice" that drove me to write. I think my kid-self thought if I could put a happy-end on something based on history it could somehow augment all the injustice of "real life" I learned in school.

    When I discovered fantasy, I think it was the adventure and hero-quests that attracted me so. Romance? I love to read it...but I'm not wholly confident in my relationships on the page. So, that's something I'm working on. Though I am in total agreement that it makes for an excellent Fantasy story to have romance strewn throughout.

  13. YES! What an awesome trip back to my childhood! I loved all these movies, plus The Hobbit. Also The Never Ending Story. I always loved fantasy and later learned that it was uncool... but now that I'm grown up, I'm indulging again by writing my own fantasy novel. :D

  14. P.S. I was convinced at the age of four that I was going to marry David Bowie one day. That glam rock mullet really did it for me, I guess.

  15. Hi Drea! What a wonderful way to have your writing influenced. I would love to read one of your books sometime just by the basis alone!! Thanks for dropping by! :D

    Genie, how can I forget Never Ending Story? I love that show, too!!! I'm so glad you went back to fantasy, it's so fun to write in that genre. Lol, I think you're cute for your dream of marrying David Bowie! ;)


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