Considering that National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is now in full swing, I felt obliged to make this week’s blog post about the novels that got me interested in writing in the first place! Whenever I finish a really great novel, the author’s writing style sticks with me for a while. Having inspiration from fellow authors is a big part of writing, and these are my top five picks of novels that have inspired me to become a writer.
1. The Harry Potter series
What can I say? I’ve been a fan since I was five years old, and J.K. Rowling’s amazing ability to hold my attention, page after page, really gives me a deep appreciation for her. I literally grew up with Harry, Ron and Hermione, and Rowling’s novels have influenced me more than any other.
2. The Fault In Our Stars
I am such a huge fan of coming-of age-novels, and John Green has an uncanny way of making me feel such a deep emotional connection with each character! John writes young adult fiction, and I had the amazing opportunity of meeting him last month! Not only do I admire him for his work, but he’s genuinely a really nice person to talk to, as well.
3. Hex Hall
Rachel Hawkins wrote a really cool series about teens that go to a fancy academy because they’re witches, faeries and shapeshifters. Her books got me really into boarding school mysteries, which is the theme of the novel I am currently writing!
4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The imagination of C.S. Lewis inspires me to really stretch my brain while writing. He taught me that even the craziest of ideas can turn out to make a really great book! Lewis loves animals, and I like how he includes many different animals in all of his books.
5. A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Daniel Handler, who writes under the pen name ‘Lemony Snicket’, has more of a darker twist in his series for children. I love the way that he wrote Violet, Claus and Sunny (the Baudelaire orphans). Handler’s definitely not afraid to color outside of the lines. He has a perfect balance of humor and unfortunate events (ha!) in his novels, and I really admire that about him.
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