Do you have a favourite author? I bet you do. Or maybe a couple, a few that you read quite a lot, someone you just can’t wait to publish a new book. Someone that probably helped you along on the road to becoming a writer and an author yourself.
Everyone who writes, who wants to be an author including everyone who already are, will tell you that the best way to get better at writing is to read. Read more and more, read different styles, read things you like, things you don’t like. Never stop.
But though looking for inspiration is great, and reading is the best way to learn, make sure you remember to write as you. Make sure you find your own voice, your own style.
If you find yourselves looking to books to not only learn how to write, but to figure out how to sound, that’s when you’ve gone too far. Maybe your favourite author describes more than you, maybe there’s more dialogue, or a different point of view. Maybe he or she does it all a hell of a lot better, but that doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. (Obviously there’s always room to improve, don’t misunderstand.)
The point is, in a world where everyone has the chance to be an artist, we can’t all be The Beatles.
Someone has to be The Rolling Stones.
So find your voice, define your voice, listen to your voice – and write it.