I thought this week we could talk about our influences in writing. Lol, this is so vague. I'm sorry. Just run wild with it. You don't even have to go in the same direction as me. You can be as broad or specific as you want. I'll list three things.
1) Books I read. How obvious is this. Let me just get it out of the way. Of course things you read influence what you write. I'm sure we can all attest to this. After I read Donna Jo Napoli and A Great and Terrible Beauty etc. I was all about writing in present tense. When I read characters I like, I incorporate (sometimes unconsciously) my favorite aspects about their personalities into my own characters. Did that make sense? I don't even know. I keep hearing B&tB music in my head and seeing horrible 5 sharp key signatures dance across my eyes. Anyway, although I don't like to admit it, I do try to imitate the styles of authors I like. I think I said once I don't usually write with novels sitting next to me because even their presence immediately influences what I write. The style can change quite drastically. And I find if I'm reading something present tense, I sometimes accidentally start writing in it too, and I have to backtrack to past tense (which is what ATRS is in).
2) Craft books and random website tips. I've read Stein On Writing and Plot & Structure. Also, my creative writing textbook? Surprisingly useful. I've been reading the fiction chapters, and it's as good as any craft book out there. It's called Creative Writer's Handbook by Jason and Lefcowitz. There's a bunch of poetry and memoir stuff in there that I disregard (my prof. need not know about this). I also started reading Donald Maass's Writing the Breakout Novel at Borders, and it might be a new favorite of mine. I highly recommend it. I like to gather these facts and make my writing technically better. My writing has gotten better since I've actively tried to improve it. Although, I mean to argue later this week that sometimes, too many "tips" can ruin your writing style. Stay tuned.
3) Greek mythology/songs. I'm combining this because "Greek mythology" is too DUH of an influence. Come on, that's basically what ATRS is: blown up Greek mythology. Rarely, but often enough (making no sense, yet again), a song will throw a brick at my face and be like, "Here, look! A story! Write it down!" Even when songs don't come with a story attached, I am one of those dorky people who likes to assign a playlist to the stuff I write. Or just one song, if it's a short story. I also assign playlists to books I read. But I will dive under a rampaging bus before I tell you what the songs are. I'm not brave like Stephenie Meyer.
The people for the rest of the week are:
Tuesday: Girl With A Notebook
Wednesday: Somewhere Nowhere In My Kingdom
Thursday: Lin Wang - Teen Writer
We are finally done with the poetry unit of my class. Onto prose (woooo). Poetry is not my element at all. I love reading it, but I feel so awkward writing it.