In a world filled with icons and idols, it’s very easy to be swept up in the idea or fantasy of wanting to be your hero. Just like when we were children playing pretend and for writers it can be just the same.
Everyone wishes for that fairy tale story of being discovered as the next big thing and many of us aspire to reach those pedestals that we put our heroes on. For lots of writers it’s that saying, ‘oh you could be the next J.k’ that excites them and puts stars of hope in their eyes. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think any of us could ever complain at the opportunity to be that successful, but is there a worry of loosing ourselves whilst trying to be someone else.
I just like other writers have my idols, Cliff McNish, Lian Hearn and Terry Pratchett were some of my literary heroes who cemented my love of books, and I was lucky enough to meet two out of the three, who were just as amazing in the flesh as they were in their words.
But could I create a villain as terrifying as Dragwena in Doomspell, or a character as lovable as Death in Mort, or even craft as stunning a tale as Across the Nightingale Floor? I think the question should more be, not could I recreate the voice of another author but what story was I born to tell with my own voice instead?
I am neither as funny as Pratchett, as dramatic as McNish or as eloquent as Hearn, but I am something different. I am me. And as I find my own voice through experimenting and exploring I can draw inspiration from my heroes without losing myself in the process.
Don’t be afraid to be different, to write something that isn’t in fashion or ranking high in todays sales charts. Write your story for you, that you want to hear. If you don’t love your story and believe in it with every fibre of your being how can you expect anyone else to either?