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When you think of all the authors you’ve read, who stands out the most to you as someone you would want to emulate in your own writing? I know we all want to write with our own unique style and bring something new to the world, but most of us have our favorites—those writers who inspire us.
While I have favorite authors across all genres, there are only a few I would like to emulate in style and expression. The one at the top of the list might surprise you. You might think I’d want to write like Ayn Rand or even Tolkien or C. S. Lewis (for those who know me), but the one author I’ve always adored is E. B. White.
White’s simplicity, purity, and sense of wonder captivate me. His style, technical skills, and ideas are in perfect harmony. Every word he chooses rings with a clarity of emotion that pulls you into his world. Reading White is like taking a swim in a cool river on a cloudless summer day.
White once wrote, “All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world.”
This is beauty to me, and it’s why I love E. B. White. One of my goals in my writing is to express not only my thoughts, but my heart — to connect with others through my words, to fill the page with passion and wonder. In that sense, White is a kindred spirit.
If you could write like any author, who would it be?