What author set off that spark of inspiration for your current Work in Progress?
I'm sad to say that the progress on my current Work in Progress has been put into very slow motion, but it is still active unlike some of my works that are on the shelf accumulating dust. My NaNo novel from 2010, Time Light, is something that I continue to work on and think about. In other words it's not dead. My preparation and wrap-up activities for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge have taken a great deal of my time in the first half of this year and catching up from that, keeping my blog current, and just dealing with daily life provide plenty to veer me off course. It's really a poor excuse, but I'm sticking with it.
It would be difficult to pinpoint the spark of inspiration for Time Light. The style is an amalgam of the styles of modern writers that I have read over the years. I'd like to think that it is my own style, but it is similar to many modern writers. For what it's worth (and I don't think much) according the web site I Write Like, my style is like Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club. I won't complain about that comparison, although I've never read anything by Palahniuk so I couldn't say for sure and that being the case I certainly can't cite him as being any influence or inspiration to my writing. My writing is my style and I'll take credit or accept blame for it.
One could probably find quirks in the writing that might one day identify the style as my own. I hope that will eventually be the case. I'll have to consider this question of inspiration more as I continue to finish my novel and then as I revise my manuscript. Maybe that spark will come to me and then again, maybe it won't.
Do you like to be compared to other established authors? Would you want your writing to be mistaken for that of a well known author? Have you run your writing sample through I Write Like? Who did you write like?