📚 Self-Assessment: Writing Crushes 🤓

I have a few free seconds, so I’m going to take advantage of them! Sometimes when I read books I can’t help but make connections to other authors or popular books. With that said…

Take a second and self-assess who your writing crushes are.

  1. Who are the authors you look up to? Why?

  2. Who are authors that inspire you/your work? Which work(s) of their’s moves you?

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This is a strange one because my favorites are a mangaka (manga artists) and webtoon creators.

In terms of novels, I don’t really have any, but I can appreciate authors like George RR Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, and other authors along those lines.

Like I love the manga One Piece and the webtoon Tower of God and those stories are inspirations for my new story idea.

So, I don’t have any authors that I truly look up to in a respectful way, but in a way, I can greatly admire the worldbuilding and stories that those authors I’ve listed above created.

Just something worth sharing.

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Honestly, no idea :stuck_out_tongue: I don’t have author idols.

In terms of inspirational authors and their works that inspired me
Shannon Hale: The Goose Girl
Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials

But the works didn’t move me.
Do you mean “move” as in “get teary-eyed” or have the feels? I do have some books that did that to me but not really inspired me.

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Fair :joy:

Moves can mean emotion or inspire or whatever you want it to mean :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Manga artists! Webtoon has some really awesome books, not gonna lie

Tower of God has been on my to read list forever but I haven’t started and I don’t know what happened but I can’t get back into one piece after knowing it never ended as a teen xD

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Maruyama and Fukumoto.

They are great with characterization, engaging plots, and maintaining high levels of tension. Both of them also show the uglier side of humanity.

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In no particular order my faves are:

Madeline Miller
Susanna Clarke
Emily St. John Mandel
Ottessa Moshfegh
Donna Tartt

And I suddenly realize I need to read more men. (♯^.^ღ)

Most of these authors only have a few books published, and I’ve read and loved them all. For Mandel, I never read her early work, but I loved her last three books: Station Eleven, Sea of Tranquility, and The Glass Hotel. I’ve only read two of Moshfegh’s: Eileen, and A Year of Rest and Relaxation, but I’ve got Lapvona on my Kindle right now if I could just get around to reading it. (♯ᴖ.ლ)

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For Tower of God, if you do decide to read it, just a heads up the artwork is a bit bad in the beginning and yet as the series progresses the artwork become SOO DAMN GOOD AND WAY TOLERTABLE!!!

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Answer’s the same for both question. Andy McDermott and Matthew Reily are my all-time favs. Both are action-thriller author’s I’ve been reading since I was a pre-teen. Huge fan. Love the works. They both have amazing characters, amazing plots, use a lot of history and mythology like I do. Honestly, their works gave me the confidence to give writing a go myself :joy:

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If you don’t mind I am making this one answer:

This awesome author called Churro! Creator of the Churroverse! Writes amazing characters. Have a massive crush on that insufferable pastry :wink: Nah, kidding, or am I? I appreciate @NotARussianBot 's unique outlook on characters and plots and @J.L.O 's ability to add some pizzazz to tropes.

And as for published authors, I like James Sallis. He adds action and character development to his stories without it being dull. (Yes, Drive was a novel and the movie is based on that). I like Don Winslow as well for a similar reason. They inspire me because of those things as well.

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Compliment of compliments, there.

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:wink: And I don’t compliment much…

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okay then.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini was the easiest five star I’ve given any book. Inferno by Dan Brown was an awesome book, too, although the history bits did drag a little bit.

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Darkness, nice :eyes:

I like how this brought realization xD. Sounds like you gravitate to lots of women. I guess they tend to write things you really like?

Ooo, I’ll def keep that in mind!

Awww, that’s sweet! That’s something I feel like I’d read in an author’s dedication :purple_heart:.

I never knew it was a book! That’s interesting! Was the book better received than the movie?

I was waiting for someone to say themselves :joy::joy::joy:.

You said inferno and it made me think of that really old classic book that the title is now escaping me… I woke up about 5 mins ago let’s blame that lol.

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You mean Dante’s Inferno? That book was a trip! Come to think of it, a trip to Hell. ☜(ˆ▿ˆc)

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Knee-slapper! XD But like, I actually laughed xD.

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To be quite honest, it changes all the time, depending on what I’m reading. A while ago, it was Richard Morgan. Now I’ve recently finished the City Blues quartet by Ray Celestin and his dedication to historical research and weaving complex plots has been honestly inspiring.

Also my go-to comfort reading is anything by Elly Griffiths, but my favourite of hers is the Brighton mysteries historical crime series. It’s easy reading, but catchy, and really entertaining character development. I like that her characters have unlikable traits or reactions that they work through. This is something I’ve also noticed in the Raven & Fisher series by Ambrose Parry. So I’m hoping that I can do better with my character development :sweat_smile:

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People honestly seem to like both for different reasons.

And you knew who it was gonna be :wink:

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sounds like you’ve been inspired!!!

ooo, nice

i did XD i couldve placed a bet lol

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Just in general, the tenacity to continue writing somwthing, even in adversity is a strong community thing. That’s basically everyone that’s in here. I don’t fangirl, but its definitely admirable.

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:clap:t6: Eloquent! :clap:t6:

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