What Books Inspired You to Write?
I get this question often and my answers always feel vague. The question isn’t as straight forward as it seems–I end up in a thought labyrinth as I over-dissect the exact meaning of the word “inspired?”
So here are a few answers for each of the ways I might take the question:
Are they asking: What books of fiction have had an observable influence on the stories you write?
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff | by Christopher Moore.
Ismael | by Daniel Quinn.
The Way of the Peaceful Warrior | by Dan Millman.
Though, if we are talking influences, I draw a lot from reading comic books in the 90’s and watching movies/TV shows.
Are they asking: What books of fiction have you enjoyed a great deal?
The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fears | by Patrick Rothfuss.
If I ever met Patrick Rothfuss, I would shake his hand and let him know that, as an author, his work profoundly humbles me every time I read it. It’s not just the man’s prose, but the shear scope of his world building.
The Dresden Files | By Jim Butcher.
The Iron Druid Chronicles | By Kevin Hearne
The Sword of Truth Series | By Terry Goodkind
At the time of this writing I am enjoying Peter V. Brett’s The Demon Cycle.
I am just gonna stop this list short, but I update my Goodreads profile from time to time if you want book recommendations.
Are they asking: What books do you feel people should read for the purpose of self improvement?
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark | By Carl Sagan
The Moral Animal | By Robert Wright
The Hero With A Thousand Faces | By Joseph Campbell (you guys probably saw that coming)
Are they asking: What books have helped you with the craft of Writing itself?
I found Stephen King’s book: On Writing incredibility helpful. That said, I would add the caveat that one should read this as they are attempting to write their first novel. Said person should absorb this slowly–only read a chapter or two a week.
Stephen King expresses a lot of his own self doubts throughout the book and it helps to hear a successful author describe the exact same feelings you’ll soon find yourself experiencing.
4 thoughts on “What Books Inspired You to Write?”
One of my favorite series (other than yours of course) has to be The Demon Accords by John Conroe.
I also enjoy the Iron Druid and the Ender series by Orson Scott Card.
So it’s nearing the end of the year, and I was hoping we could possibly get some news on the status of the third book? I’ve been trembling with anticipation ever since I read the last page of The Never Paradox.
Also, fantastic work with the story and writing. The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs were the best things I’ve read this year. I wish you the best of luck with your writing career.
Thanks for reading! I’d say first draft is about 60% done. I hit a real slow patch on the last 10%. Mostly due to babies, but also because I overhauled the first half after deciding to change some plot points.
Wish I could give a specific timeline but I don’t like making promises that might constrain me to deadlines. I like keeping the freedom to make sure its the best book I can produce, that often means a lot of rewrites. Just last night I had some new ideas that will change the stories direction in ways I think are better then my original conception.
Thanks for your interest and questions, appreciate your interest in the series!
Thanks! Glad to hear it.