Who Is YOUR Idol? How has he or she influenced you?

United States
August 5, 2009 7:28pm CST
I hate to use the term idol, but who is the writer you most admire, living or deceased? How have they influenced your interest or direction in writing?
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• United States
6 Aug 09
Mary Shelley. She gave birth to the horror genre, forever changing storytelling in all media. She also broke down the notion that a woman couldn't tell an entertaining story. I love the voice she writes in for Frankenstein, and it's always been a favorite book of mine. I don't write a lot of scary stuff, and I dare not compare myself to her, Matheson, or any of the legends of the genre, but when I do want to scare a reader, I try to catch their chilling dialogue and intricate stories rather than rely on grotesque descriptions to scare someone.
• United States
6 Aug 09
Great! Sounds like she really influenced writing and your worldview. Thanks!
• United States
6 Aug 09
I'm curious to know who yours would be. Are you a writer yourself? Who do you feel like you draw your influences from?
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
6 Aug 09
Shakespeare is my writing idol. He got me really interested in reading, which is the best way to become a good writer. You need to learn from the experts. I think he has influenced me in that I like to explore the human condition in all its complexity, whatever I happen to be writing about. I'd say Shakespeare has helped me to develop my analytical skills, and he's certainly augmented my vocabulary.