Some of you may know that in addition to writing about anxiety, I sometimes write about reading and writing. I’ve been working on a story lately and I realized that although I’m still may not be the greatest writer in the world, I’m pretty proud of what I’ve written so far.
I think that a great way to get better at writing is to read more. Not only does reading give you an idea of what works in a story, but you can see how other authors write and get a feel for how important the author’s voice is. Once you realize what makes a good story, you can find your own voice and write your own amazing story!
I thought I would make a list of writers that I think are amazing. This way if you plan on writing a story of a certain genre, you can know whose books to read to give you an idea of what makes such a great story and what qualities make a great writer!
-Harlan Coben: In addition to great ideas, Harlan Coben has a way of keeping you on your toes and making you feel part of the story. I get so excited when he comes out with new books! By the way, he’s coming out with a new one called Fool Me Once on March 22nd! He even has a video up about it on his website! Feel free to let me know if you check it out!
Recommended Books: Tell No One, Long Lost, etc.
-James Patterson: James Patterson is also an author that has the amazing talent of keeping you on your toes. His chapters are quick-paced and short. He makes you want to keep turning the pages for more! If you want to check out a great TV series based on one of his books, check out Zoo. It’s on Netflix!
Recommended Books: Now You See Her, Truth or Die, Zoo, Sunday’s At Tiffany’s (Romance, also a movie!), etc.
-John Saul: Let me tell you guys something. John Saul is an amazing writer! I wish I would have read his books even earlier on. The story that I mentioned that I’m working on is a ghost story and I really feel that reading John Saul’s books has helped me. He’s a mastermind at using imagery. So many times I find it hard to feel like I’m part of the story, but with his books, it’s easy! In fact, I almost stopped reading a book by him because his imagery was so strong (I’m still not sure I like the book, it’s a bit depressing. It’s called Shadows.)
Recommended Books: The Unwanted, Nathaniel, Hell Fire
-Stephen King: I actually have only read a few short stories by Stephen King (I’ve never finished any of his longer novels), but I do LOVE his ideas and a lot of the movies and TV shows that were made from his books! He has great ideas and really is a good writer! I’m going to list some of the movies/TV shows that I love that were created from his books!
Recommended watching: The Dead Zone (TV show), Haven (TV show), The Stand (TV show/Movie), The Dead Zone (Movie), The Langoliers (Movie), Storm of the Century (TV series/Movie), Fire Starter (Movie), The Shawshank Redemption (Movie), The Shining (Movie)
Extra recommended watching: The 4400. I just started watching this on Netflix and really like it so far! It’s a science fiction show.
Other Great Books with Great Writing:
Suspect-Robert Crais: A GREAT book for both those who love suspense books and books about animals. See description here.
Dead Lines- Greg Bear: Another great ghost story. I haven’t read it in a while, but it’s always the book that I say is my favorite! Want to know more? Click here!
What books do you recommend for those who want to write/read thriller or horror stories?