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Reader Question: Early Inspiration

Was there a specific author or book that inspired you to become a writer?

The short answer is, no.

The long answer is–I would never say I wasn’t inspired by the authors I read while I was growing up. I devoured all the Zilpha Keatley Snyder and Roald Dahl books I could find, and re-read my favorites (THE CHANGELING and THE WITCHES, respectively) over and over, for example. Those books definitely influenced the paths I took with my writing.

But, I think I was bound to become a writer before I even knew how to read. I loved stories from the first time my parents started reading picture books to me, and right away I was trying to make up my own (dictating to my mom so she could transcribe them, since I didn’t yet know how to print, either). There was never a moment when I read a particular book and thought, wow, I want to do this too. I was already doing it. I’ve never known how to not do it.

Fellow writers–did you have a moment of inspiration when you decided to pursue writing? Or was it something that just sort of happened?

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 8th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
I never thought I'd be a creative (fiction) writer -- I always loved to write exposition (and I still do). But creative writing came for me when I was teaching and had to read my students' writing -- I kept thinking I wanted to try the assignments, as well ;)
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's neat! I've picked up things from the kids I work with, too--started wanting to learn piano after I started helping them with their practice, for example, though I haven't had the time to pursue that yet.
Sep. 11th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
I don't remember a time when I didn't want to be a writer. I wanted to be part of the stories world ever since I knew there were jobs involved in books way back when I learned my first picture book by heart.
Everyone in the family thought I could read way before I did it because I learned books by heart. And loved books ever since.
During a time in my teens I thought I didn't like the spotlight and I'd rather be a literary translator, but at university I changed back again to wanting to write.
Never submitted anything though, until this year. Still getting rejections. But will go on. Until I get a yes :).
Sep. 15th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
That's a great attitude to have! It took me a looooong time to get past the rejections to acceptances. (I started sending stories out when I was 15 or so. Got my first professional publication in my early 20s.) But as long as you love writing for itself, it's easier not to get discouraged, because getting published is just the icing on the cake. :)
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