Writing Prompt 13: Book that inspires me

Day 13: Writers from Stephen King to William Faulkner have stressed the connection between being a good reader and being a good writer.  Spend a few moments writing about a book that inspires you.

Because I could easily write 50 pages about books that inspire me, I’m going to set a timer and stick to it.  Five minutes, and after I’ve written what I’m able, I’ll finish.  I’ll edit and add pictures and links right before upload.

*sets timer*

There are so many books that inspire me, in so many different ways.

I am inspired by Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, both in how Hugo understands the characters he is writing, and in the way he understands humanity.  He has a quote: “A writer is a world trapped in a person”, and I think this book is a prime example of this.


I am inspired by humanitarian stories, such as A long Way Gone (Ishmael Beah), I am Malala (Malala Yousefzai), Laughing at My Nightmare (Shane Bercaw), and many others.  I am deeply inspired by people who can bare their souls to teach others.  In this vein, I would love to tackle writing a story like this, grounded in the story of the help from The Help (Kathrine Stockett).


I’m inspired by Letters to the Church by Francis Chan.  I am deeply inspired by his boldness in speaking about the needs of the Church, and his passion to bring the Church closer to what the Bible instructs it to be.  I want to write more like him in my religious writings when I grow up.


I’m inspired by The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.  This book is a wild ride, and it inspires me to think more outside of the box when writing stories, creating worlds, developing plots.



I’m inspired by The Lunar Chronices by Marissa Meyer.  This series of fairy tale retellings inspires my own retellings of fairy tales.  Plus, I think her world building is watertight and incredibly thoughtful and creative.


*timer goes off slightly before the ending of the last sentence.*

I could really keep listing books, and elaborating on their descriptions, but I’ll save that for another time.  I even skipped The Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), The Atlas of Beauty (Mihaela Noroc), and many, many more.

What about you?  What are some books that inspire you?  Mom, how would you answer this?

Ciao for now,

Xx Julia

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