Is there someone who has influenced your writing? For me, I’d have to say it’s Stephen King. The strange thing is I’m not a huge fan of his writing. I love his stories, but some of his novels are too detailed and have big description dumps all over the place. Skim through that and there’s a fantastic story with intriguing characters. My favorite novel of his is The Stand. It’s a huge book, but worth the read.
I haven’t read any of his recent novels, but I’ve heard since his accident, his style has changed somewhat. This could be a coincidence. He may have been advised by his publisher to cut back on the descriptive passages in order to fit in with the times. We all know beginning writers would never be able to get away with info dumps. Which makes me wonder if Stephen King would’ve had the potential to become as big as he is today if he’d just started submitting this year? Would agents and editors have given his work a second glance?
So, why then, do I consider Stephen King to be the writer who most influenced me? I’ve always been drawn to his career, but when “On Writing” came out, I was able to see some commonalities in what he’d gone through in his life and me in mine. And despite his wall covered in rejection slips, he persevered. He knew in his heart he was meant to be an author and he wasn’t going to give up on that dream.
That’s the way I feel. When I walk into a bookstore, I know someday my books will be on their shelves. It’s not something I’m wishing will happen. I KNOW it will. When? Well, that’s a whole other story.
Who’s influenced your writing and how?