This post is a tad off topic and more related to my writing website, but hey, that’s what I get for procrastinating when I knew I’d be traveling for a week to do some wedding planning. However, I feel that most of us here at this blog are writers in some form or another and could benefit from a break of the usual lifestyle posts and find some inspiration for what unites all of us writers and readers: words.
My favorite book of all time is The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. And despite its dark and sad story, I’ve found the style of the book to be fascinating and I try to incorporate it in many of my works. This choice may surprising due to its tough topics, but I find the innocence the main character, Susie Salmon, maintains throughout the novel to be fascinating. Let’s face it, Susie faces some traumatizing events, but she never loses the voice of a 14 year old girl, and that is the reason why I love this novel so much.
Don’t get me wrong, there are many other great reasons why this novel is amazing, but personally, Susie’s voice is what inspires me in my writing. I have an interest writing topics that deal with innocence sprinkled through hard times. In fact, I’d say many of my works, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, deal with this idea. (You can check out some for yourself on my personal blog in the link below). Alice Sebold is bold (I swear that was unintentional), and she isn’t afraid to talk about something which I admire and also strive to accomplish in my writing. I don’t want a topic to ever seem too much for me to handle or too intimidating to write.
So yes, my writing muse comes from the lovely Alice Sebold and her amazing novel, The Lovely Bones. If you haven’t read the novel, you need to read it! It deals with complex issues like murder, rape, loss, and moving on, that we can’t overlook. She isn’t afraid to go to new heights on such tough topics.
If you have any writing muses, let me know in the comments! Give me some new novels to add to my novel bucket list!
I’ll see you guys next Wednesday!
(And sometimes Sundays!)