I can't remember which one specifically. Scott O'Dell's novels always helped me feel welcome. The Ink collection, Poe, etc. In high school is where I actually tried writing. Now a few of those novels need to be rewritten, but they might have a chance.
The god of small things by Arundhati Roy.Call it an Asian rip off of to kill a mocking bird as much as you like but the story is stark and painful.I guess it hit a nerve for me.That and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot left me with an ache and yearning to make my thoughts heard since it made me contemplate...for a really long time.
Every time I start a new story, I always attempt to create a story board so I dont forget small details and characteristics of the main story line, yet I never end up doing it.It it an essential part of writing a story??