My favorite books are Shipping News by Annie Proulx, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg, and Lake Wobegon Days by Garrison Keillor. My favorite movies are It’s a Wonderful Life,
and The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain.
My favorite TV shows are “Murder, She Wrote” and “Newhart.” My favorite ice cream is vanilla with fresh raspberries on top.
So what, you say?
Well, our favorite books, movies and ice cream (well, maybe not ice cream) hint at what direction our writing could take. As you can tell from my lists, I like funny stories about small towns and the quirky people who live in them. What are your favorite books and movies? What themes, genres and voices do they reveal? Have you ever written about those themes in those genres, using that voice? If not, why don’t you start?