Reading as inspiration

By Katharine Swan On Sunday, May 24, 2009 At 3:44 PM

Although I knew I wanted to pursue a career as a writer, I didn't actually get my degree in writing. Instead, my bachelor's is in English literature. This is a reflection of the fact that 99 percent of what I know about writing, I actually learned from reading.

I get a lot of my inspiration from reading. Here's a perfect example: I just recently finished reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn). I loved them — you can read my book blog to find out more about that. But I also found them incredibly inspiring.

Part of it is that Stephenie Meyer's story is something of a writer's fairy tale — she's so normal, yet from her very first book, she was so successful. Part of it is also that she writes for young adults, an audience I'd also like to write for someday. But the biggest part is that there is something about these books — the creativity and addictiveness of them, perhaps — that gets my own creative juices flowing. I usually finish a book wanting to start on the next one on my stack, but I finished these books wanting to write. FICTION.

Unfortunately, I'm slammed right now with client projects, so my creative urges will have to wait a few more days before I can start fulfilling them. But in the meantime, I'm adding notes to several outlines and concepts — my head is exploding with ideas, which I don't want to forget before I'm able to get to them!


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Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

Okay, you might have changed my mind about this series. After reading about Stephen King saying that Meyers can't write, I'd pretty much written these books off. After all, he's not exactly Shakespeare himself. LOL Admittedly, I'm not a diehard fan of YA, but a good story is a good story, no matter its target audience. Plus, I have to admit the movie intrigues me and I can't watch a movie until I read the book first. All that said, I still haven't read a word of the Harry Potter series, so it will probably be a while until I make good on this idea.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Really, Stephen King said that? Funny, 'cause I don't like his writing. ;o) I actually thought Meyer's writing was quite good.

IF you ever get around to reading them, you'll have to let me know what you think. Oh, and that goes for Harry Potter, too -- which, by the way, I can't believe you still haven't read!!

Blogger Carolynn Says:  

Hey, Katharine,

I just wanted to swing by & say thank you for, well, sticking up for me today, frankly.

I really appreciated your kindness today.


Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Wow, Carolynn, thanks for visiting and telling me so! I'll go enjoy my warm fuzzies now, but in the meantime, you did see that I have a horse blog, too, right?

Thanks again for stopping by! You made my night!


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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