INFLUENCES

William R. ablan, author

I was talking to a small class about writing (here I am, not even published, and I’m already talking about as if it were a full-time career.  Hey, dream big!), and the question became, who influenced you as a writer.

It was a question I should have been ready for but wasn’t.  I had to stop and think about it, so I believe the answer was an honest one.

There’s more than a few writers that would vie for first place.

A writer that always has, and still rocks my little world is Arthur C. Clarke.  The first book written by this legendary author that I ever read was 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It completely altered the way I looked at the Universe and our place within it.  His descriptions were so utterly rooted in the real world. I could easily imagine myself out among the rings and moon of…

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