Hi there! My name is Sherina, and I’m excited to be guest posting on Kayleigh’s amazing blog today! I hope you enjoy my post; if you do, please connect with me through the links at the bottom of the post! I’d love to hear from you 🙂
Before I knew that I loved to write, I loved reading. When I was in first grade, everyone in my class had a reading log. If my memory serves me correctly, I was one of the first people to read 100 books (earning me the prize of another book… just what I needed after reading 100 of them). I continued to love reading as I grew older, but I read less frequently. Strangely enough, I started reading more when I started writing.
In sixth grade, I had my first article published in a local newspaper. In eighth grade, I started writing my first novel (it wasn’t very good, mind you, but it laid the formation for me to continue writing books). In tenth grade, I started my blog and began writing blog posts. Those are my writing milestones, between which are many more articles and other pieces of writing. This summary of my writing career has a point, I promise: when I began writing more often, I began reading more often.
I do read for fun, but I also read because it helps me grow as a writer. Because of this my favourite authors are those whose writing I not only enjoy reading, but also those who write books from which I can learn lessons to apply to my own writing.
I would be crazy if I didn’t mention J.K. Rowling in a post about my favourite authors. I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter series, and the books are every bit as magical as they were the first time I read them. I can learn a lot from Rowling’s writing: for example, weaving “easter eggs” (hidden plot details in the books) into the storyline, creating intricate settings and interesting characters, and of course, the power of imagination for both the writer and the reader.
I also have to mention John Green (who I bet would be mentioned in Kayleigh’s post on favourite authors). His books are very different from J.K Rowling’s, with one key similarity: both authors are extremely successful. I’ve learned a lot from reading John Green’s books; most notably, how to work a complex theme into a story. Death and morality (two examples of themes he has written about) aren’t easy subjects to write about, but he does it seemingly with ease.
John Green’s writing has also taught me a lot about writing for teenagers. Although romance is a common theme in his novels, the narrative he writes is eloquent and mature. Green is keenly aware of the fact that teenagers are more intelligent than many YA authors think they are, and his books certainly reflect this. As an author, I find this inspiring.
Apparently all of my favourite authors have first names that start with the letter J, because the third author I’d like to talk about is Jodi Picoult. She’s written a ton of books, and I’m trying to read as many of them as I can. Simply put, Picoult is brilliant. Her books are targeted at adults, but I still enjoy her writing even though I’m a teenager.
Whenever I read one of Jodi Picoult’s books, I am stunned by her ability to craft such an incredibly complex and gripping story. It’s difficult to put the scope of Picoult’s amazing talents into words, but if you want an example of how she weaves so many different elements into her books, check out this synopsis for Nineteen Minutes (this first books of hers that I read).
I’m sure as I continue to evolve as a person, reader, and writer, I will have many more favourite authors (and maybe some of their names will start with letters besides J). As a writer, I have so much more to learn; and I’m glad that reading can help me do just that.