My first inspiration was my grandmother. As a young child, I spent several summers with her. Mealtimes were storytimes, and I remember prolonging it, so I can hear one more story. Her stories based on Indian mythology would bring characters to life. She had excellent delivery for comedy and would have my brother and I laughing at the funny stories.
As I grew older, I read practically anything I could get my hands on. My mother would buy used books for me to read. And I used all my allowance at the local lending library borrowing books for one rupee each. I have read Tamil novels by Kalki, like someone dying of thirst gulps water. Greedily.
I have read all Jane Austen novels. Who says romance is easy to write? To write a book that appeals to someone 200 years later is monumental. Her female characters are witty, headstrong, make mistakes, and very human.
I have read several Charles Dickens novels, and my favorite is A Tale of Two Cities.
Epic fantasies with complex plots, alternate universes, and a myriad of characters are a delight to read. I have read Lord of the rings, Mistborn series, A Song of Ice and Fire, among others. Magic, when weaved carefully into a tale, can be a powerful tool in the writer’s tool kit.
Science fiction opens our mind to possibilities, and Neal Stephenson books tackle some contemporary issues, and the Dune series takes you into space.
You can find more of the recent books I have read on Goodreads.
Curl up with a good book this weekend.
4 thoughts on “Inspiration for writing”
Aw yis, I love me some sci-fi and fantasy. Didn’t get into Mistborn but I did enjoy the Stormlight Archives. That’s a great range of books you’ve read. Thanks for sharing!
Stormlight Archives is in my reading list. Currently reading Robin Hobb’s Farseer Trilogy. Another great author.
Thank you for sharing this! I love Jane Austen as well, like you said monumental writer! This is a great list of inspiring writers.
I have Jane Austen collections by my nightstand. My go to reading when I need a book to take my mind off reality.
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