Reading Biggles as a boy + other books.
Reading is the best, maybe only way into being inspired to write. Reading how other people do it is also the best way to learn how to write.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, then I read Catriona which was the second part of the same book. This book, bound in blue cloth and with very thin paper but elegant font, I got for Christmas. It stood on my book shelf for years. Reading that beautiful prose was tricky at first but when I got stuck into it I began to appreciate his power of description and his talent for suspense. A great read for a young boy.
That book sowed the seed in the back of my mind - to be able to write and create whatever story you wanted seemed the best thing in the whole world.
I enjoyed a lot of genre fiction throughout middle and high school, but I think Harry Potter really spurred me on to not only read more, but write my own stuff. I wouldn't credit it as the only source for my writing; it was more like the spark that ignited the kindling that was already there. Every book I read after just fed the fire.
The book that inspired me to write was "Harriet the Spy." I loved the way she would run around with her little notebook and record the world around her. It's something I've wanted to do ever since, and I do everyday. Knowing that everything around me is a potential article keeps me interested in life.
"Little Women"--since I was a little girl, I guess I've always fancied myself another "Jo" Her character's perseverance to continue pursuing her writing/getting published because she loves it, and despite failure, is inspiring. I try to re-read it every couple years.
Dr. Suess, Green Eggs and Ham. I have always loved to write since childhood and loved to rhyme and that story has always stuck with me.
Ultimate Spider-man issue 10. Read it in my 5th grade teacher's class. That teacher inspired me with writing and when he saw how much I liked to read the comics he had in class he gave me the idea about writing comic books. Thank you Mr. Wolfe.
by Heidi 9 years ago
Can you recommend a good book series - not Twighlight or Harry Potter - something new?
by bradleyshartman 2 weeks ago
What kind of books do you like to read?Is it Action and Adventure, Suspense, Comedy, Science fiction or maybe real life, what trips you trigger?
by giselle2323 11 years ago
What is your definition of a great book?
by Victoriaaa 11 years ago
I want to write a novel, but I want to know what people are reading these days so I know what genre to write in and how to write my vision. What do you guys consider a good book?
by Chantelle Porter 6 years ago
What is your favorite children's book of all-time and why?
by Billie Kelpin 7 years ago
Are you a writer who reads or a writer who doesn't read?Almost every article on how to become a good writer emphasizes the necessity to read, read, read. I am not a reader per se; I can't sit down with a novel and almost never read purely for enjoyment. I get all of my information from...
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