Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rogue Power

Last week I did ten interesting facts about myself.

One of them was that I have a streak of grey hair growing on the right side of my head that is starting to resemble Rogue from X-men. Then I remembered Rogue's power. With just the touch of her hand, she can take on any other mutants power.

This got me thinking.

If I could touch any writer and instantly get their writing abilities, who would I choose.

Last week I would have chosen John Green, because I really enjoyed the book "The Fault in Our Stars." I loved his witty banter, his great way at showing emotion with very few words.

Right now, I'm reading "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" and her writing powers would be awesome to have. She's so great at describing everything: setting, characters, emotions.

It would be so hard to choose.

How about you? If you could take one writers abilities, who would it be?

19 comments:

Miranda Hardy said...

I haven't read John Green, yet, but I do have that book. I did read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I agree.

I'd have to take Lauren Oliver's power of writing from her. lol

Anne Gallagher said...

Bonnie Raitt had that streak of gray too and she is awesome.

If I could have one writer's abilities, I would have to say it would be...
I can't choose, there are too many. From Margaret Atwood and Barbara Kingsolver, to Ernest Hemingway and Jane Austen.

Laura Pauling said...

Like we had a secret power and could suck their power from them and use it? But, still maintain our own writing voice. That would be cool!

Joanne said...

Like you, I'd change my mind with every book I'm immersed in. Each writer I admire seems to bring something so different to the craft.

Jill Kemerer said...

Oh, this is TOO hard!! I have so many authors with skills I would love to emulate.

Jessica Nelson said...

Probably Linda Howard's ability to create intensity between her protags. Heehee.
I think Rogue is such an interesting character.

Heidi Willis said...

Wow! That is a cool idea!! I'm with you, though... I think it would just keep changing. Marisa de los Santos is one of my favorite "word smiths," but she isn't my favorite plotter.

I'm sitting here thinking of who I'd like to write like and my head feels like it might explode. Somedays, the answer is just anyone but me. :)

Dawn Davis said...

Heh, I would have to choose Monica Burns. Her Sicari series is super hot and that woman knows she can write a love scene.

Yea, I'd channel her powers.

~Dawn

Carol Riggs said...

Great photo of Rogue, there! I haven't read John Green, but Daughter of Smoke and Bone is sitting in my office, and after I read a couple other books, I'll be reading it! Looking forward to that. Have fun!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Tough decision. I love John Green's sense of humor and character development, just to begin with. But the descriptions, tension, and emotion in The Daughter of Smoke and Bone blew me away. And there are so many other amazing books that showcase amazing talent. I'm not sure I can decide... : )

Elana Johnson said...

I haven't read either of those. I would take Kathleen Duey's and Beth Revis's powers. And Mary E. Pearson!

ali cross said...

What a cool way to go gray! Rock it Patti! (BTW, I love Rogue!)

I love the idea of having a writer's powers. That would be so cool!

I love Jo Graham's writing and Danyelle Leafty. But like you, I usually pretty much love whoever's book I'm enjoying at the moment!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've never noticed your gray streak. You do realize I'm now going to be staring at your hair next week, right? :)

Man, I have to read those books. I borrow Smoke and Bone. Guess I'd better read it before I have to return it. Too bad the cover does nothing for me. That's why I haven't read it yet. Sad, huh?

For me it would be to write like Cassandra Clare.

Name: Holly Bowne said...

I wasn't familiar with "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," so I hopped over to Amazon to get a quick summary--and uh, I'd be happy if I had the summary copywriter's skills! Wow! This book sounds really intriguing!

But seriously, like many of your commenters have already said, my choice varies with what I'm reading. I'm currently re-reading Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" and I have to say, I think her writing rocks!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Interesting post! And hard question! I don't know for sure, but I just read Across the Universe. I wouldn't mind taking Beth Revis'. :)

....Petty Witter said...

Ooh a hard question. I would probably have to answer Mitch Albom because of his grat empathy.

Shallee said...

Ooh, fun thought! (Or evil thought, but let's go with fun...) I'd pick Brandon Sanderson. Because his characters and worlds are the most complex, real places I've ever read in my life. If only I could do that...

Angela Ackerman said...

Ha, I have the hair streak thing going, too!

Hmmmm...if I could snag anyone's mad skills, I would pick....Stephen king. I love how he,s able to bring the reader right into the characters head. :)

mshatch said...

loved daughter of smoke and bone. I wouldn't mind Taylor's muse coming to visit me.