I tend to think of influence and inspiration as different things, but I suppose there is crossover between the two.
If I were to list the writers whose influence is probably most apparent in my fiction, it would be something like: Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Mervyn Peake, Philip K. Dick, Tanith Lee, Franz Kafka, Joyce Carol Oates, Bruno Schulz, China Mieville, Poppy Z. Brite, Kathe Koja, Truman Capote, William S. Burroughs, Georges Bataille. All for differing reasons. And I didn't include poets like Plath, Merwin, Rimbaud, and Eliot.
There are a lot of other writers who've had an impact on me, but I'm not sure how apparent they are in my work. Lewis Carroll is a big one, but my work is very different.
Flannery O'Connor's 'Wise Blood' was the final push in turning me away from Christianity, as weird as it is to admit that. LOL! I think my favorite story of hers, however, is "Good Country People". The ending was just great and I especially loved the prose in this piece.
I don't think I actually sound like anyone (I'm not being a tosser, I just can't thinking anyone who sounds like me. ) But a few people whose style I admire in an "I wish I could write like that" way are J K Rowling, William Gibson, Bruce Springsteen, Jarvis Cocker.
I'll go to the library and purchase about eight books I've never heard of (or Shakespeare, since it seems everyone hates him in my area) from the Friends of the Library rack, and those will be my books for the month. I honestly do not remember all those authors names, but I can remember what the books are called. Besides, inspiration changes. If I want to write a certain genre, I'll read up a few books of that same genre to get a feel for how it's usually written and then I'll write my own. Like eight now my primary piece is centered around the late 1800s. If anything I'm reading up the classics to try and get the English dialects and appropriate slang down.
DevilKid-chanFeatured By OwnerNov 30, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... Suzanne Collins, Pittacus Lore, Gemma Malley and Michelle Paver have all influenced me in their own little ways. I mainly get inspired by music though, and... well, usually just random stuff. Sometimes I'll watch a film and I'll like the way it does things, sometimes I'll see a concept and think, "That's so cool..." sometimes it's just whatever's around that I take an interest in.
The poets that I know best are Eric Yoshiaki Dando and Molly Guy. Eric Yoshiaki Dando's The Moon in the Pinetree was like a Thin Bald Man is available at smashwords as an ebook. Molly Guy's Briefs should be available over the net. Their fiction is especially good also. Eric Yoshiaki Dando's Snail is almost impossible to get now. Molly Guy's fictional works can all be traced, though not without difficulty.
You should read more. It is good for your brain. Although, there has been cases that reading to much can make you fall into lazy ways of thinking, you know, the types that everything from a text book? My Mum calls them 'pen pushers'. xD