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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

A Novel Idea: My Writing Role Models

I think this picture pretty much sums me up.

This week's A Novel Idea prompt is dedicated to our writing role models, the ones we wish we could be and the ones we look up to in our own writing.
Who is an author (or two or three) you aspire to write like? What is it you admire about their work or their writing style? Are there any similarities between you and your writing role model(s)?
The first person to come to mind is Rainbow Rowell. I first read Fangirl in August of last year, and it spoke to me in my soul. This year, I read Attachments and Eleanor and Park, and both of those books enthralled me and made me FEEL SO MUCH. Because of this, I aspire to be Rainbow Rowell: to string together words in a way that makes someone's heart ache in the best of ways. If I can make books like that somehow--books that make people feel--I'll be happy.

The second author on this list is Morgan Matson. Her books are all the essence of summer, and they make me feel too. I bought Since You've Been Gone at Powell's in Portland, and I read it on the plane on the way home from Oregon. It was so beautiful--revolving around friendship and adventures with a side of romance. It's one of my favorite books ever. Since then, I've read Amy and Roger's Epic Detour and The Unexpected Everything, which only solidified Morgan Matson on the List of People I Want to Write Like.

The third author I aspire to be like is Sarah Dessen. Her descriptions are so vivid, and though her books tend to follow a similar plot formula, the characters are what really make every story of hers come to life for me. A few years ago I read This Lullaby, which became one of my favorite books because of Remy (the MC)'s character arc. This summer, I've read many more Sarah Dessen books, and each one has a special place in my heart. She has the ability to craft heroines that feel real, and they almost always have something they have to work through, some sort of quiet suffering. It'd be easy to write her books as fluffy summer romances--which they are--but her characters' journeys are deep and beautiful. I hope I can write like her someday, too.

The things that I have in common with these authors is that I love writing complex heroines. I like writing about adventures and bucket lists and life-changing summers and beauty in the every day. I know I'm not as good as they are yet, but I want to be, and I am so thankful that they've paved my way.

Who are your writing role models? Did you link up with A Novel Idea (here)?


  1. Oh my goodness, please be the next Rainbow Rowell. You could do it so well! (I have yet to actually finish a book by her, but I want to read Fangirl and Eleanor and Park. Soon.)

  2. I have Fangirl, I haven't been able to read it yet.

  3. Real cool authors! I need to check out the first two; I've heard of Dessen. Man, writing is just fabulous. I'm so glad that the craft exists :) And that there are wonderful writers out there to be inspired by!


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