Things I Love

(or: Formative Influences)

Here, in no particular order, are some books, people, and a smattering of other media that have influenced me as a writer. This is an ongoing series I'm working on, with new posts (almost) every Friday. Look under the labels #FIF (Formative Influence Friday...I know, I know, that's why I shortened it [#ironichashtagsrule]) or formative influences, or just click on the link for each title/person/whatever below. Each of these things/people/whatever have meant a lot to me in one way or another when it comes to writing and storytelling, and it's important to me to, at least briefly, explain why.

Chris Van Allsburg
The Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell (if I had to choose a favorite novel...)
Final Fantasy VII
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Stephen King's On Writing . . . and Stephen King in general
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Joss Whedon and, in particular, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
George R.R. Martin (yeah...I read him before it was cool)
Joe Abercrombie
Mark Lawrence
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Redwall series by Brian Jacques
The Lost Years of Merlin series by T.A. Barron
The Lord of the Rings--both Tolkien's books and Jackson's movies
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson)
Brandon Sanderson
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Writing Excuses podcast
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Watchmen by Alan Moore and David Gibbons
Pretty much anything involving Alan Moore
Dante's Divina commedia (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso)
Jeffrey Ford
Franz Kafka
Steven Erikson
Italo Calvino
Flannery O'Connor
Raymond Carver
Edgar Allan Poe
Kevin Brockmeier