I couldn’t think of what to post the other day and posted on Facebook for a suggestion. This one comes from that.
When I think about my writing and how far it’s come in the last few years I often think about where I’d be if I had kept writing as a kid.
When I first got the bug and wrote every day I was 14 and didn’t like my life very much. Writing was a way to escape, it still is.
I think of the books I wish I would have read when I was younger. I’m trying to read all of those books now.
The list is:
Dune – Frank Herbert
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain
H.P. Lovecraft – Anything by Lovecraft. He is where a lot of horror writers learned to write. I didn’t read Lovecraft until I was older, and now love him.
Hemingway is always something everyone should read. Along with Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald these three are some of the best writers of their time. Faulkner is hard to get through, at least for me it was, but well worth the effort. F. Scott Fitzgerald is an amazing writer and someone I need to read more of.
That about sums up my list.
What books do you wish you would have read when you first got the writing bug? List them in the comments.
For Wednesday I’ll talk about the technical things I wish I would have learned about writing, or more appropriately, the things I wish I would have paid more attention to when they were being taught.
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- ‘A Farewell to Arms’ With Hemingway’s Alternate Endings (nytimes.com)
- Fantasy World Building. J.R.R. Tolkien (laneymcmann.com)