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Subject: Was there one book that made you want to be a writer?
Date Posted: 8/10/2010 5:35 PM ET
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I'm wondering if you had an initial book that made you want to be a writer - I can't think o f one in my case, but I would love to hear yours!

Date Posted: 8/11/2010 11:39 AM ET
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Not really but I think reading alot of fantasy books as a kid helped me decide that is the genre I wish to write in. I love Enid Blyton books, she has the Magic Faraway Tree triology about 3 siblings that find a huge tree with magical folk living in it and the top most branches extend into another land and it would change every few days.
Then as a teen I read the Hobbit for school and really renewed my desire to write in that genre.

I've read alot of books that made me feel like I could do better OR at least what I would change to make it a stronger plot line.

So my Book would be : The Folk of the faraway tree by Enid Blyton.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 8/21/2010 7:25 PM ET
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Not a particulat book, but a particulat author - Isaac Asimov.  I read a lot of SF&F s a kid, but a lot of it like Tolkien was so "heavy" (for lack of a better word) language-wise that I never thought much about writing myself.  Then in 7th and 8th grade I started reading a lot of Asimov and somewhere among his books it suddenly dawned on me how he used rather simple language to get his ideas and stories across, and being good in Enlgish classes I began thinking, "Hey, I could write this!"

(Not that I thought I was better than Asimov or anything, just that early teenage hubris mindset that makes you think you can do just about anything!)

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Date Posted: 8/25/2010 2:11 AM ET
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My parents read a lot when I was a child (or so goes the PBS creed lol), and my mother had a particular taste for Agatha Christie books.  I remember the first instance in which I said I had decided to become a writer, and it was a mystery for which I was aiming.  It actually took me about 20 years to realize with any degree of seriousness that I really DID want to become a writer, and while I couldn't be further from writing mystery, I suppose I should still give credit to Agatha Christie, by way of my mother.  There are, of course, many more authors that continue to provide inspiration to me, but none that I could say, on their own, made me want to be a writer.  Though I had already decided to write by the time I read it, I'd like to give yet another nod to Stephen King's On Writing, which is easily the title which has inspired me the most on its own.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2010 5:59 PM ET
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It might sound weird, but I think it was The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.  I am sure there were a lot of influences, but I remember that one being very inspiring to me, with its grand Imperial universe.  This wasn't until i was 23 or 24.  I was an English major, but had never really tried writing fiction until then. 

Date Posted: 9/4/2010 11:09 PM ET
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I started writing a few years ago after I lost the ability to draw. I was very gifted at drawing and now Im lucky if I can draw a straight line. I was on a web site about zombies and was reading a lot of the fiction stories. I then found two authors J.L. Bourn and Tony Monchinski. They are and where both self published authors. I thought well maybe its something I can do. I have now been writing off and on for a few years and I have one story that is close to being done and ready for editing. I think those two authors started something inside me along with the other writers on the boards to get creative.


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Date Posted: 9/19/2010 10:53 PM ET
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Not so much the book that made me want to write but certainly

"On Writing" by Stephen King

made me want to be a better writer.

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 5:02 PM ET
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I think Mark Twain has influenced me most.

Although right now I'm having a bit of a reading affair with Frank Portman.