Influence and inspiration is a major thing for me as an author and a creator. Having been a dedicated reader for as long as I can remember, I’ve read countless books created by some of the best out there but when it comes to the stories that inspired me personally versus the ones that inspired me professionally, the stories, writing style, and authors differ.
Given how I’ve already spoken on this topic a few times in past interviews, I’ve chosen to approach it a little differently and focus more on what’s to come of my writing process in the future rather than what inspired me so many years ago.
Professionally speaking, I’ve always loved the writing styles of authors like Sarah Dessen, Norah McClintock, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Meg Cabot to name a few. These talented authors have encouraged me to write stories that are heartfelt and truly focus on aspects such as character development, ARCs, as well as that impactful emotional connection to readers that just makes a story that much more memorable.
In terms of writing I’ve learned to find inspiration not just from the books I’ve read, but from the fellow authors I’ve been fortunate to meet (albeit virtually) during my writing career thus far. Authors like Tiffany Andrea, Shelby Mahurin, Caitlin Moss, Laura Geraghty, and last but not least, Kiersten Modglin to name a few. These authors, for whom some are just beginning their journey as an author, while others have taken the book world by storm in countless ways. Each of them have inspired me to develop and grow as an author and truly approaching this journey for what it is, a career. A career in which I apply my own work ethic and dedication to every aspect of it.
From them, I’ve been inspired to approach this new year of writing a little differently. By applying a set schedule where I’ll set aside a few hours every day dedicated to writing, note taking, etc, as well as establishing a schedule for the year in terms of my book releases and writing schedule, I hope to become more productive. Now this may seem like a far gone conclusion after my previous year and having released three books my first year of being an author, but I promise you it wasn’t done without its challenges. It’s my hope to have a more dedicated work schedule in place so as to avoid potential burnout, which was something I struggled with a lot in my first year.
By applying my long field inspiration from past authors, and keeping in mind methods and routines I’ve learned from new authors, I hope to grown as an author and truly find that middle ground where I can succeed at little to no expense to my own mental health and creativity.
All the best,
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