Consulting the Masters of Fiction for Inspiration

Something all writers should do is look to the masters for inspiration and guidance, especially when they are as I am, trying to grow as a writer, so I've recently ordered these books to help me out. 

This book seems to be the thing every writer I know is reading and every writer I don't know is referencing. I'll tell you this now, it does not have a table of contents. It's set up as a memoir, but separated into two parts, the second of which is King's musings on writing. I'm more interested in his advice on writing, so I skipped ahead. I'm not proud of it or anything. =) In the second part, King takes the reader through anecdotes and his thoughts on the subject.

I wasn't sure if I was up for it because this isn't the type of book you can scan for information, but then I read his opinion on vocabulary. Lately, I've been fretting, or panicking rather, about my vocabulary so this peaked my interest. His advice was to not worry about it, to let your vocab be true to your voice, whether that's simple or not and he gave examples of how successful authors have done that.

His advice took the stress off and demonstrated that this book will be realistic. I can't tell you how many books I've read that say you have to do this or that or you'll never be a good writer, but I've learned the all-or-nothing attitude doesn't sync with the artistic and ever-changing nature of writing. So I'm going to keep reading.

Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing

From what I can tell, this is a general how-to on writing colored with the mad genius and eccentric subtly that is Ray Bradbury. I'm not sure what exactly I'm going to find inside, but I'm getting this book specifically because Bradbury is the author of several melancholy sci-fi stories, like "All Summer in a Day," and "When the Soft Rains Come." Those stories have a specific mood and tone that I want to use as inspiration for my own sci-fi novel S0L M8, the rough draft of which I completed last month.

Hemingway on Writing compiled by Larry W. Phillips
This is a compilation of various letters and essays where Hemingway spoke about his views on writing. I am so conflicted about Hemingway. On one hand, there's something about his writing that I really admire. It's the directness, the frank, simple, straight upness of it, that, although simple, somehow oozes genius. In the other hand is the load of jerkness that Hemingway exuded, and which reminds me of several x-boyfriends, so yeah, there's that. Seriously, though Hemingway's writing is powerful and packs a serious right hook, so regardless of his indiscretions, he was a master of the written word and someone I'm looking to for inspiration.


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