Here are the four writers whose faces I would chisel into the granite of Mt. Rushmore. When I pondered this list I see that all four men have qualities that I like and want to have as a writer.
Perseverance: Rejection wasn’t a barrier but an obstacle to overcome and move forward.
Prolific: All these guys have a huge amount of work produced.
Hard worker: They showed up everyday to write. Some of them had battle with addictions but the majority of it is that writing is a job that only gets down by writing. Not waiting around for inspiration to strike.
Diverse: They can write in other genres then what they are known for.
Drum roll please…
Stan Lee: I still marvel at how future thinking Stan Lee was. Multi-verses, space travel, armored men, it finally seems like we are catching up with his imagination. His books entertain me to no end.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: His Sherlock Holmes reads as smooth as it did in the 1899. Doyle left behind a wealth of literature that is still being poured over to this day. Good job, Sir.
Louis Lamour: The man was a master of setting and good vs evil. Lots of great wisdom in those novels for any young man to grow on. I would ride the range with the characters he created.
Stephen King: Another prolific author. I loved his column in the back of Entertainment Weekly. What hasn’t this guy done? Another master of setting. If I have to stop reading one of his books it feels like getting sucked out of that reality and back into my own. That is a gift. His love of language, punctuation and grammar thrills me like a giddy school girl.