Diana Gabaldon, this woman is just an incredible amazing author. I’m on book 5 of the Outlander series and I’m amazed that by Ch 23 not a whole lot has happened, and yet I’m completely riveted. It’s the way she explains details, focuses on words and explanations that paint the story as if you are there. Most editors and publishers seem to want action, no? They say, “move it along, keep the story moving, if it’s not moving the plot remove it!” I agree and disagree with this idea. Sometimes, I just want to delve into detail. Be extremely focused on the way grass drifts in the wind, it’s brazen color and rich organic smell. Other times…they stepped through the ankle high grass and that’s all. I see benefits to both and I commend the author that can be exceptional at both styles.
Of course, all of these authors in my personal opinion are legend, and they are names and books that I look up to and speak VERY highly of. One day, maybe I will achieve a bread crumb of success that my idols have. One day, maybe some budding author will be writing about my achievements in their blog that is just on the brink of success. Maybe…no one will ever read my book and I will have self published just so that my mom can have a hard copy in her library. The many options of “what if’s”.
Who are your writing idols? I’d love to hear??