I’ve always believed that in order to be good writers, most people can’t limit themselves to one genre of writing. The more you practice diverse genres, the better you become at writing your favorite one. You pick up so many writing tools from practicing many genres.
Writing grows on you. As a young writer, you may tell yourself that your goal is to be a non-fiction writer. But later in life, in doing a lot of reading, going to writing events, and making friends with writers of other genres, you find that other genres attract you, too.
I remember long ago when I had a friend who wrote mystery novels, I first told him I wasn’t interested in reading mysteries. He suggested I read some mystery novels and gave me a few names of famous mystery writers. The next time I walked into a used bookstore, I picked up a couple of mystery paperbacks. While I never became an avid mystery reader myself, let alone mystery writer, I actually did enjoy reading a few mystery novels, namely those of British author Ruth Rendell.
Now, I’d like to thank all 24 of you who responded to the survey about your favorite writer. Some of your favorites are household names, while others may not ring a bell with many people.
Good writers are intellectually curious, so I suspect you’ll be checking out these authors listed below and reading about those you’ve never heard of. And, it’s so gratifying to see that many of your favorite writers are of different nationalities than your own. Readers of this blog are very literate!
I know in reading over your names of favorites, I’ve been reminded to re-read some authors that I haven’t read in a long time, namely: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Annie Dillard, Richard Wilbur, Shakespeare, Rumi, and Agatha Christie, all of whose books are on my bookshelves. But their books have gotten lost amid the thousands in my home.
I hope this list and any follow-up you do with it enriches you:
- Wislawa Szymborska, poet (Polish)
Submitted by: Tricia Knoll, USA
- Richard Wilbur, poet (American)
Submitted by: Barb Germiat, USA
- Jessica Malone Latham, haiku poet (American)
Submitted by: Susan Burch, USA
- Agatha Christie, novels: mysteries (English)
Submitted by: Susan Beth Furst, USA
- Tillie Olsen, short story (American)
Submitted by: Roberta Beary, Ireland/USA
- William Shakespeare, poet/dramatist (English)
Submitted by: Barbara Eaton, USA
- Daniel Berrigan, poet (American)
Submitted by: Johnny Baranski, USA
- Edna St. Vincent Millay, poet/playwright (American)
Submitted by: kjmunro, Canada
- Anne Carson, poet/essayist/translator (Canadian)
Submitted by: Beverly Acuff Momoi, USA
- Annie Dillard, poet/fiction/narrative non-fiction (American)
Submitted by: Erin Marissa Russell, USA
- Robert Westall, children’s writer (English)
Submitted by: Paul Beech, UK
- Mary Oliver, poet (American)
Submitted by: Tom Clausen, USA
- Raymond Carver, short story/poet (American)
Submitted by: Pasquale Asprea, Italy
- Robert Walser, short story/novel (Swiss )
Submitted by: Stefano d’Andrea, Italy
- John Saul, horror (American)
Submitted by: Pam Larson, USA
- Rumi, poet (Persian)
Submitted by: Hifsa Ashraf, Pakistan
- Bodil Malmsten, poet/novelist (Swedish)
Submitted by: Kerstin Park, Sweden
- George Swede, poet (Canadian/Latvian)
Submitted by: Brendon Kent, UK
- Valerio Magrelli, poet (Italian)
Submitted by: Lucia Fontana, Italy
- Margaret Atwood, novelist/poet/essayist (Canadian)
Submitted by: Jan Benson, USA
- Marguerite Yourcenar, novelist/essayist (French)
Submitted by: Eufemia Griffo, Italy
- Gary Snyder, poet/essayist (American)
Submitted by: Andy McLellan, UK
- Diana Gabaldon, novelist: historical fiction/romance/mystery (American)
Submitted by: Agnes Eva Savich, USA
- Stan Lee, comic-book writer (American)
Submitted by: Alan Summers, UK
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