I have to applaud Teresa over at Blueberries, Art and Life. If you haven't stopped by her blog, you really need to. She is a skilled artist, and one that I admire a great deal. Way back when (a.k.a. high school) I took a drafting class because I thought I could draw fairly well. I was quickly disillusioned as I realized my inability to create images with dimension or depth. I have never had the most steady hand either, which I assume is an absolute necessity in drawing or painting. The art world can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that I will never try to subject others to my scribblings.
In my family however, there are a number of people who have artistic talent. My mom can sew (both by hand and machine) incredible blankets, costumes, pillows, etc. Her sisters all have talent in sewing, crafting ceramics, or other artistic endeavors. I can't explain what happened to me, other than to say I'm ecstatic that the drawing talent seems to exist within my youngest son. I have a tattoo on my right bicep of a yin-yang amid ocean waves that he sat and copied freehand one day with amazing results.
What does this have to do with writing? Writing is an art, and as I've said many a time in comments on other blogs, it takes talent. I am also a believer that not everyone can do this well. I've had the pleasure of reading works created by many of you, and I'm often times in awe at the apparent talent. The Surly Writer is one who can capture the soul of a southern rural setting with ease. Elana is a master of dialogue, among other things. The Screaming Guppy writes with a flow I am constantly envious of. At times we may feel hindered by our own inability to write the way we want, but thankfully we just have to look around to find inspiration and example in the works of others. And if I didn't mention you as an example I admire, please don't feel slighted. All of the blogs I follow have something that helps me to improve my own writing. You all have talent I admire and respect, and the three listed here are merely the first ones that came to mind.
Who do you look to for inspiration? Who are your iconic examples of excellence in writing? Feel free to share, because everyone has talent in some way and all of us can improve through examining the works of others.