I would say there are many inspirations in my life when it comes to writing. My surroundings, the people I meet and talk to, the situations I’ve experienced and observed, books, write-ups, music, movies etc The list goes on and on. But what started me to write and made me strive harder to keep working on my writings were a few authors, novelists and writers. They inspired me, influenced me, motivated me, made me strive to be just as good as they are in terms of encapsulating the reader’s attention.
Just as a poignant quote from a recently read book states, “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.” Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye.
A good book, I think is when you’re reading a passage in the pages but it feels like the writer is seated before you, talking to you like a friend, relating to you the incidences of the story. If that happens, you’ve grabbed the reader’s attention. I’m still working on this part. Without further a do, here are the list of my favorite writers who’ve inspired me, moulded me, improved my vocabulary and command of the language, and motivated me when I read their work:
1) Yann Martel – My love for reading reignited after reading his life changing book, Life of Pi in 2006. I love and enjoy the way he describes the situations and scenarios in his books. So poetic and yet so simple. I hope to be as poetic and as simple when it comes to describing scenarios and situations in my work someday too.
2) Mitch Albom – This guy’s a sports journalist as well as a well known author of feel good, positive books. His books are easy to read and yet so deep and thought provoking. He has the knack of bringing out the emotions in you through his simple ways of writing. So much honesty and innocence. Another one of my inspiration when it comes to that sort of writing style.
3) Aravind Adiga – Read his book in early 2009 and he was one of the inspiration for me to create my blog (then known as “A Remedy of Dramedies”) and just write my random thoughts, musings and rants. Those rubbish since then have turned to short stories that you see now. The blog is doing well and has been given a face lift. It’s now known as Sukhbirism.
4) Tony Parsons – I love his amazing style of shifting one emotion of the reader to another like a page in a book. When one reads his books, readers would experience a sudden shift of emotion, from humor to sadness in quick succession. Tony is my inspiration when it comes to light-hearted moments and I enjoy his ability to make a person laugh through his writings.
5) Paulo Coelho – I read his first book, The Alchemist and absolutely fell in love with the way he imagined things. They’re so holistic and yet mystifying. His brilliant in being able to fuse a few elements of a story, knit them together into one. He’s one writer who’ve had inspired me to write about mystical and deep spiritual stuff that you guys have a constant hard time deciphering on my blog.
So there you go! The 5 writers who’ve inspired me, motivated me through their work and molded me to write. There are many others who do inspire me such as J.D. Salinger, Jhumpa Lahiri, Haruki Murakami, R.K. Narayan, Chetan Bhagat, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ernest Hemingway and the list can go on and on. However, I can safely say these 5 inspire me the most.
Which author or writer inspires you? Hit me a comment below as I would love to hear it!