I am curious by nature, and my curiosity has led me in many different directions. Some good, some not so good. But I think my latest curiosity can benefit us all: Who’s the best writer of all time? In my search I stumbled across a website that gives you the top 100 of random things, www.thebest100lists.com.
The list that caught my attention was the Top 100 authors, many of whom I have never heard. (I won’t embarrass myself further by indicating which ones!) To remedy this lack of knowledge, I have decided to pick an author (or two) a week from the list, focusing on the top 10, and read as much as I can before Writers Advance! Bootcamp. My goal is to see how they write and learn as much as I can from reading the works of the best. Anyone up for the challenge?
Here’s the Top 10 Authors according to www.thebestlists.com
10. Mark Twain
9. John Steinbeck
8. George Orwell
7. Jane Austen
6. Ernest Hemingway
5. Leo Tolstoy
4. J.R.R. Tolkien
3. Fyodor Dostoevsky
2. Charles Dickens
1. William Shakespeare
I think it’s worth mentioning that C.S. Lewis was #12.
So, who do you think is the best writer of all time? Why? I know many of you are more avid readers than I am, but we can all learn from the greats. If you decide to take this challenge, post what you learn in the comments. Tell us who your favorite authors are and what works you like reading best. I can’t wait to hear what this creative bunch of people will share!