What writers inspire you?

United States
November 7, 2008 10:05am CST
Are there any writers who have inspired you to want to be a writer? There were a few writers I read when I was growing up that really made me feel like I wanted to be a writer just like them. They included Robert Benchley (maybe one of the most under-appreciated humor writers of all time), Erma Bombeck and Madeline L'Engle. Who inspired you?
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@Robin55 (225)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I've always loved writing, even as a child, but I have been inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Jean M. Aeul (hope I spelled that right), Nora Roberts and Jan Caaran. I love all genres and am a voracious reader and have been writing fiction and journaling all my life. I also do some freelance article writing and things like that.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
I love fiction, but have never been any good at writing it. I do freelance article writing, blog writing and some journaling as well. Stephen King and Nora Roberts are among my favorite writers when I want light reading. Jean Auel is impressive for the scope of her plots and writing. Thanks for your response!
@cripfemme (7714)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I am most inspired by J.K. Rowling, Martin Luther King, Susan Stempek Shay, and Margaret Peterson Haddix. It's a pretty diverse field. One activist writer and minister, two children's authors, and one more traditional literature person. Of course this is an incomplete list, it would take multiple days. This is just off the top of my head.
• United States
7 Nov 08
Diversity is a good thing, in writing as well as in life! I love reading children's lit - especially books by authors who really capture the imagination of children. I know that I absolutely don't possess the talent of writing for children and young adults, though I've actually started writing a novel for young adults and may finish it someday. That's a pretty impressive list just off the top of your head.
@paid2write (5202)
7 Nov 08
I never needed to be inspired to write. It's just something I have always done. It is my best way of expressing myself and I have improved my vocabulary and acquired my writing skills by reading, through studying, and by constant practice. I think many great writers have inspired my love of language, but it is the poets who have inspired me more than novelists. I have never wanted to be a writer of fiction. I have been writing for myself all my life. Some of my poems have appeared in print, but now I am a prose writer and I enjoy writing articles and assignments for websites.
• United States
7 Nov 08
Poetry is my own special calling, too. I've been writing and performing poetry for years, and used to perform and compete on the national stage. I make my money writing far more "practical" things - manuals and technical writing, informational articles and web content, but poetry is still my first love. Do you have favorite poets?
@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
17 Nov 08
OMG I use to read Erma Bombeck all the time when I was much much younger..I still enjoy her stuff but havent read any in some time now.. As for writers who inspire me...I guess the only ones would be Lama Surya Das and Jamie Samms and even then its only mildly...I'm sure there are others but I couldnt really name them at this point in time..I've done SO MUCH reading over the yrs its hard to remember all of the authors ya know..
• United States
8 Nov 08
No. I started trying to write before I could even really read. There was just something that drove me to try to scribble out stories (and, in those early days, I really do mean scribbled). My "earliest works" were done in crayon on tablet paper.