WORD WEAVING

26 March 2016


SOME AUTHORS' WRITING STYLES MAKE MY HANDS ITCH AND MY FINGERS ACHE TO STITCH MY OWN STORIES TOGETHER. one of my favourite posts from last year was 'the art of word shaking' in which i discussed the power and beauty of words. so i thought i'd create a part two to this unintentional 'series'. over the years, as an avid reader you collect fragments of inspiration from each book you read, be it the writing style, the way a book made you feel, a certain word that resonated with you - whatever it is, it sticks whether you want it to or not. for me, even the meaning of one word can inspire a whole host of ideas, so when i read books that call me to delve within them, my own heart aches to recreate that feeling with my own words.
writing a novel, for me, is therefore a long and arduous journey: i am a perfectionist, and to aim to weave words together in such a way that it is not just a story, but an emotion running through each sentence is time-consuming - and usually unsuccessful (i still haven't written a full length novel - but i'm still trying.) and as i've been writing, i have realised that there are echoes and shadows and edges of certain other people's work resonating in my own, or driving me to write on through their inspiring work:
LAINI TAYLOR // “Happiness. It was the place where passion, with all its dazzle and drumbeat, met something softer: homecoming and safety and pure sunbeam comfort. It was all those things, intertwined with the heat and the thrill, and it was as bright within her as a swallowed star.” - daughter of smoke & bone.
SHANNON HALE // “But when she turned her back to the lights, she saw that the night was so dark...She could not see the stars. The world felt as high as the depthless night sky and deeper than she could know. She understood, suddenly and keenly, that she was too small to run away, and she sat on the damp ground and cried.” - the goose girl
MARKUS ZUSAK // “He was the crazy one who had painted himself black and defeated the world. She was the book thief without the words. Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” - the book thief
RUTA SEPETYS // “Tragedy was a big social event, and everyone wanted in on it.” - out of the easy // “We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean.” - between shades of gray
EMILY MURDOCH // “Funny how we can't hold onto time, even when it's strapped to our wrists” - if you find me
BETH KEPHART // “Love is what you give and love is what you want and love is how you wait, but it doesn't save you” - going over
LEIGH BARDUGO // “When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn't waste time doing every monstrous thing.”  // “It's not natural for women to fight." "It's not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.” // “The water hears and understands. The ice does not forgive.”  // “She wouldn't wish love on anyone. It was the guest you welcomed and then couldn't be rid of.” // “I'm a business man," he'd told her. "No more, no less." "You're a thief, Kaz." "Isn't that what I just said?” - six of crows
each of these authors has inspired me in some way, be it through their character development/creation, dialogue or just the way they string words together. and this isn't even a comprehensive list: these are just a few of the books that i personally own that i absolutely love. 
HAVE YOU READ ANY BOOKS BY THESE AUTHORS? WHAT BOOKS INSPIRE YOU?

12 comments:

  1. I loved Going Over by Beth Kephart, I've not found many others who have read it.

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    1. Same! And it's such a good book!

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  2. I've read The Book Thief, and you're right, Zusak definitely conveys the whole emotion-in-a-sentence thing perfectly. Throughout reading The Book Thief I couldn't help but admire and be in awe of the anger behind his words. One of my favourite lines had to be: "Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day."

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    1. It is so beautiful, but so simple at the same time *sigh* just - beautiful! AND YES, ONE OF MINE TOO.

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  3. The book thief is one of the MOST beautiful books I've ever read. Gillian Flynn's dark and insane words make me want to write a book!

    xo,
    Not Your Type Blog

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    1. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL - and i have yet to read a Gillian Flynn book...still!

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  4. THIS. The books we love the most are usually those that may have even just one passage that resonates with us - I reckon this definitely happened with Fred's death in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The way in which J.K.R weaved her words so that you don't actually know who's dead until the very last line - just AAAGH. It's how I long to write.

    Excellent as always Hawwa
    hollyislostinalibrary.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Very very true! NAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH HOLLY WHY WOULD YOU REMIND ME AGAIN!

      Thank you :)

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  5. HAWWA these authors steal my heart!! Particularly the quotes from The Book Thief and Six of Crows- they are just insurmountably beautiful. I LOVE this post <3

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    1. SIX OF CROWS IS SO GOOD. i can't remember if you've read it or not..but if not. DO.

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  6. THE BOOK THIEF! My only wish is to reread that book. I think I was 13 when I first read it and it really was instrumental in showing me how one writes beautifully. Changed my life, that book.

    "I didn't know anything anymore, except that New Orleans was a faithless friend and I wanted to leave her." That's from Out of the Easy. ALL I WANT IS SALT TO THE SEA, THAT'S ALL.

    My other authors: DONNA TARTT DONNA TARTT DONNA FREAKING TARTT; F Scott the #1 FOREVER BAE Fitzgerald; JK The Only Queen Rowling; Caroline My One Love Lawrence; Ted True Love Hughes; Jane The Wonderful Austen; William The One and Only Shakespeare. They are probs the most important authors on my writerly journey, along with Markus Bae.

    Oh, and Daphne du MauriBae!

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    1. You mean you've not re-read it?!! I've re-read it twice..;p

      OUT OF THE EASY IS SO GOOD AND I WAS SENT SALT TO THE SEA AND NOW I CAN'T READ IT UNTIL AFTER MY EXAMS DO YOU FEEL MY PAIN.


      heck. i forgot donna tartt. HOW COULD I DO THAT?! ahahah yup, definitely agree with that list!

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