Seriously, no one was writing things I wanted to read, so I started writing "novels."
I take inspiration from movies rather than books but one that gave me a powerful feeling of suspense was World of Warcraft: Rise of The Horde.
It showed me at the time how powerfully engaging the written word can become. While I don't remember word for word of the book, I do remember the feeling of being in that world. It was an awesome feeling!
That book was part of the whole feeling, but it is the fantasy world of LoTR to GoT and others that further increased my inspiration for writing.
Robazn Wrote: ....
The Twilight novel series.
This but unironically. I only ever read the first Twilight book and thought it was okay, but I was completely fascinated by the cultural phenomenon it created. It was one of the first books I watched rocket to fame and change the pop culture landscape overnight. It was really cool to see how influential oen woman's random idea for a book could be.
Lord of the Rings, perhaps; I grew up reading it, my first attempt at a fantasy novel came complete with its own overly-complicated scripts and diction. Star Wars, one of my oldest and deepest loves, nothing like a good space fantasy. More recently, Brandon Sanderson, with systemized magics and some of the best variants on worldbuilding I've encountered. Dune, Foundation, the beautiful writing of Robin McKinley; countless others. I could list inspirations for days and not run out.
Asviloka Wrote: The beautiful writing of Robin McKinley
I second this one! One of my most prized possessions is a signed copy of The Blue Sword. That book changed the way I read and write fantasy forever.
It wasn't until I found a number of really good indie authors that the idea of actually finishing a novel started to germinate in my mind.
The book that actually made the idea click though, was Brutal by James Alderdice. The story was a fantasy take on one of my favorite plotlines, tvtropes referrers to it as 'A Fistful of Rehashes' and has a lot of variations and takes but it wasn't until Brutal that the idea of making my own hit me.
Not thinking I'd finish, much less share with anyone, I began writing for fun and now that story is entering into its third book (the fistful plotline was only in book 1 btw).
Weird how that works out.
I took it to heart and began journaling every day of my life.
It's been a couple decades since then, and the constant exposure to writing led me down a creative path.
So, I am a writer.
Strif3 Wrote: Magician by Raymond Feist. It's not my favourite, but its very close. I've always had a love affair with fantasy but Magician was the first time I really thought, "Building entirely new worlds with different natural laws and shit is actually awesome"
I loved Pug and Tomas.
At that point I stopped being intimidated by the idea of writing, because hey, at least I cannot do worse than that!!
I read it in 6th Grade and wanted to make something like that.
I'll never be able to, but I strive to.
This was back in the cringy years of middle school and highschool growing up in a highly religious household, but it was the This Present Darkness series by Frank Peretti that first got me thinking that I wanted to craft stories like that, or even within the context of that universe. The books are basically christian urban fantasy in which things like angels and demons are real and there's this whole invisible war going on around us. These days, I'm an atheist but I still think the concepts from that series were really interesting. Just from a fantastic point of view rather than a theological one.
And all the while, I thought, I can do this too.
Decades later of course, I'm still trying. 😄
I'd love to have some sort of emulation for his style, which is why I feel super pretentious trying to write like him.
Oh well, everyone's gotta have a hero.