Stuff That Shaped My Writing7:00 AM
In which I talk about all the things that have influenced the sorts of stories I write today, and how they possibly made me better.
I've grown a lot as a writer over the past few years. It's kinda scary and kinda awesome, because let's face it, a lot of that old stuff sucked. I've been improving somewhat
(I think/hope) since then, probably because over that time period I've been dunked in a nice pool of good influences. Thinking over that, I realized that there have been things in my life that have shaped my writing in big ways, so since you obviously enjoy hearing about me all the time I'm going to talk about that.
|This should be a decent hint.|
Star Wars is probably one of the biggest ones. see? I don't remember when exactly I was exposed to these, but I was little, probably because my younger brother started watching them and I poked in out of curiosity. Needless to say, Star Wars was my childhood. Still is. It was the first introduction I had to sci-fi, especially the world of spaceships and rebels and general space awesomeness that I still love. I don't know if I'd have quite the same enthusiasm for sci-fi, or write the same kinds of stories, if Star Wars wasn't a thing. So there's that.
(Yes, I've seen The Force Awakens. Twice. Obviously I adored it with the fiery passion of a thousand moons and I'm probably gonna give it a belated review/flailing session sometime in the next few weeks.)
|Just...I'll give you one guess as to who's my favorite character of all the characters ever.|
Eoin Colfer in general. I fell in love with Artemis Fowl because it's right up my alley, which led me to the genius little thing that is Airman. I love the layers of description and the 100% snark in his books, the clever plots, the...ugh, the everything. Airman played a huge part in influencing my own Pariah, and it'll always be one of my favorites. Colfer's writing is probably closest to the style I want to mimic.
|Yes, you should absolutely read this if you like depressing prison things and lots of sarcasm.|
Twenty One Pilots even though you probably saw that coming too. It feels like I've been a fan for forever. It's only been since late summer, which is weird. But they came at a perfect time in my life -- their music has made me think about my life, and most definitely my writing. It helped me figure out and sort my thoughts regarding writing about mental illness, and coming to discover how I want to approach that in pretty much everything I write.
So that's pretty cool/important.
|This video is everythingggg.|
That's always a plus.
I could keep going, but we'll end on an important one:
LOST. THIS TV SHOW, YOU GUYS. I don't cry over shows very easily but this brought gross sobbing out of my stone heart multiple times. It's weird. It's twisty. I don't know how they made it work. The characters are layered, they're people, they grow and change and develop and it's heart-wrenching how absolutely human they are. The symbolism is subtle at times but they nailed it. You could spend years studying the ins-and-outs of that thing you could possibly stretch to call a plot, and still have cool bits to find. This show taught me more about writing in six seasons that I've picked up in most of the writing books I've read. (Which just confirms my theory that the best way to learn how to write is to consume stories, but that's a post for another day.)
|Let's not forget the sarcasm oozing out of every episode.|
What has inspired and shaped your writing?