The real world of writing has caught my eye recently. As I try to maintain two blog sites, my other at www.hackettstownfitness.com, I’ve come into a deep desire to form coherent sentences in a poetic way that can inspire others or draw hopes and dreams through what is read on the screen. Most of the time, the writing, my writing, is boring information that seems redundant, especially when we have read it from many other authors, bloggers, and other writers. But at other moments, it’s fresh, exciting, and slightly interesting.
To keep my mind fresh as I try to generate ideas, I walk around with a book. Everywhere I go I have a book close to me or at the least, my kindle app on the iPhone, which really doesn’t do anything for me. I’d rather flip the pages of a nice clean and crisp new book, almost like an addiction when I consider the smell, the way it feels, and how I can get lost from reality in the pages, like an illicit drug pouring through your veins.
For awhile the books were self help in nature, fitness, and some business material but as I continue to read and learn and change, I find myself drawn towards the better penmanship of legends. Most of the dribble spilled forth on the internet or in magazines these days is garbage. Free eBooks or .99 cent kindle books are a sham to the industry and real world of writing. Authors who spend an hour phone call talking about a subject and having the recording sent for transcription in Thailand are placing garbage all over the internet, calling themselves writers.
Real writing, the kind of writing that makes you drop your jaw in awe, is hard to find outside of best selling novel writers. Some non-fiction writers can turn the words on a page into a magnificent imagination, but that seems to be rare these days.
Here are 2 of the greatest writers, in my opinion, who inspire me with their words and strokes of literary genius.
1. Hunter S Thompson
“Everybody has fast motorcycles these days. Some people go 150 miles an hour on two-lane blacktop roads, but not often. There are too many oncoming trucks and too many radar cops and too many stupid animals in the way. You have to be a little crazy to ride these super-torque high-speed crotch rockets anywhere except a racetrack – and even there, they will scare the whimpering shit out of you… There is, after all, not a pig’s eye worth of difference between going head-on into a Peterbilt or sideways into the bleachers. On some days you get what you want, and on others, you get what you need.”
The gonzo was an author who captivated his readers. His articles were in high demand, his novels made into movies, and his crazy attitude towards life the subject of several documentaries that can capture your attention for days. A writer. A wild man with no limits who went on his weird way and produced some appealing work with minutes to spare from the deadlines. Hunter S Thompson is by far my favorite writer. An inspiration to twist words that will tickle your panties and turn your heads upside down. Gonzo for Sheriff.
2. Stephen King
A funny man who writes terror filled and nightmarish novels. Stephen King was born a writer. Ever since he was a young chop in the schools of Maine he wrote. He used to see several sci-fi movies a week with friends and he nailed his rejection slips to a beam in his bedroom. Inspiring to never give up. To make it happen. Millions of words later and Mr. King can be considered one of the greatest writers of our time. Whether he writes about writing or a girl being bullied with supernatural powers, King’s writing mesmerizes the reader.
“So okay― there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”
Hunter Thompson and Stephen King’s writing is truly epic. If you haven’t had the pleasure to read any of their work, I highly suggest stopping by your local library, you know, a place with free books, and pick up one of their novels. Aside from the novels each writer has produced they also have some excellent non-fiction work. Hunter’s Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone is a hefty book you should consider buying through Amazon instead of punching out of the library. Stephen King’s On Writing is a must own book for anyone who wishes to learn how to write better as well.
Of the many great writers, I find my way towards these two legends and prefer their satire and flow of great work. Who are some of your favorite writers? Post a comment below!