Sunday, October 26, 2014
Insipring Author of the Day: David Eddings
I should start off by saying I re-read these books nearly every year (All ten of them, yes) and I see them as a cornerstone for myself as a person and as a writer.
I know they are formulaic. I know they are based on an incredibly overused story arc. I know the characters are archetypes.
But when I was young and my grandfather died and I found this book on my dad's shelf and my grandpa had given it to him for his birthday when he was eighteen and I--I just had to read it.
These pages got me through a difficult time and those formulas and archetypes comforted me. I could see the arc of the story playing out for me and I wasn't worried. I knew good would win over evil.
It made a foundation for me. They are a touchstone now. Someplace I can go back to again and again to remind myself who I am and what I believe in.
Because of that, I know there are problems in them, but still, I know they shaped my writing.