What are your writing roots? Where did that initial spark that made you want to become a writer come from? Was it a picture book you read as a child? A novel from your teen years? I think I was ten or eleven when I started reading Erma Bombeck. From there I progressed to other humorists like Dave Barry and Lewis Grizzard. In my writing tree, these funny people form the root system that helped me to grow and branch out as a writer.
Recently, I’ve turned back to these roots. Rereading books, columns, and essays from the writers I’ve loved best inspires my writing. This week, I’m asking you to do the same.
For your writing assignment this weekend, revisit an author whose work helped steer you to become the writer you are. Read favorite stories and essays. Dig down deep and find your writing roots. When you finish, take time to write a piece inspired by what you’ve read.