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Post by: CC on February 13, 2008, 04:25 PM
The book that made me want to become a writer was Michael Chabon's, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

It's an adult book and (he's since won a Pulitzer Prize) he was someone I'd never heard of. I just came across it innocently while browsing through bookstore shelves. I lamented about the twelve dollar price. Put it back on the shelf a few times. But it kept leaping back off. Into my hands. Called to me, "Hey, you, scrawny girl, read me!"

I hadn't experienced that kind of joy from a book since I was in the second or third grade, that sort of pure, unmarred joy of racing home each night to read it, poring over each lovely phrase. It is a book that even now, years later, I can pick up and flip open and feel good all over again.

How about you?
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Post by: Laura Manivong on February 13, 2008, 04:28 PM
THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK, by my boss
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Post by: Mandy Hubbard on February 13, 2008, 04:33 PM
THE BRIDES NECKLACE by kat martin.  it was the first Regency i'd ever read...and it got me obsessed.
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Post by: MichelleBud on February 13, 2008, 04:40 PM
THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK, by my boss

HAHA! I love it, LRM. I once worked as a temp in an office and I didn't actually have anything to do except answer like 3 phone calls a day! I went through nearly 2 books a day at that job!

I'm not sure if it was a particular book that made me want to be a writer, but an author came to speak at my school when I was in fourth grade. That made me want to be a writer.

EDIT: I've been thinking about this thread, and I've decided that, in addition to the author visit, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler has inspired me the most.
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Post by: Jean Reidy on February 13, 2008, 04:43 PM
Bloomability by Sharon Creech
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Post by: lindsay on February 13, 2008, 04:48 PM
It was all the books my fifth grade teacher read to us:

Matilda by Rold Dahl
Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Patterson
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
Trumpet of the Swan by EB White
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Post by: write2inspire on February 13, 2008, 04:49 PM
Homecoming and Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt.
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Post by: Carrie on February 13, 2008, 05:02 PM
I can't limit it to just one. A Wrinkle in Time; The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe; Jackaroo; everything by L.M. Montgomery.
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Post by: gt6 on February 13, 2008, 05:03 PM
When Worlds Collide when I was in 6th grade then Player Piano when I was in college.
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Post by: SproutQ on February 13, 2008, 05:24 PM
Bridge to Terabithia, when I was little.
I wanted to BE Katherine Paterson.  I still might.
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Post by: andracill on February 13, 2008, 05:46 PM
I always wanted to be an editor when I was young -- but the book(s) that made me want to write were Tamora Pierce's PROTECTOR OF THE SMALL quartet (though I hadn't read all of them by the time I started, as the last one hadn't come out yet...I don't think, heh).  there are so many things I love about her books...ah.

But the writer I most want to emulate (as far as style, etc) is Madeleine L'Engle (as I've mentioned here and there before).
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Post by: MarciaK on February 13, 2008, 06:02 PM
Many years ago I read the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and loved how she wove the setting, emotions and her philosophy into an incredible story. I wanted to do that. I'm still working on it.
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Post by: C.K. on February 13, 2008, 06:21 PM
Probably the Babar or Madeline series when I first read them way back when.  :)
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Post by: jojohn on February 13, 2008, 06:37 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird
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Post by: H. Pinski on February 13, 2008, 07:00 PM
I love this thread! So many great titles have been mentioned. It was an event surrounding a book, not the book itself for me.

HP and The Goblet of Fire release party at my local Indie. Out back is a dimly lit patio with tables and chairs used during the day for the café. I walked out and saw a small boy in feetsy-pajamas with his copy held high over his head. He had dragged a chair over to the one, small lantern and was desperately trying to read in the only place he could find away from the noise of the party inside. I have never felt such jealousy for another human being as I did for JK Rowling at that moment. Not for her money, not for her fame, but for her power to reach young readers.

I decided at that moment that that was the brass ring and I wanted it.
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Post by: ara on February 13, 2008, 08:00 PM
I agree-great topic!

It's hard to pinpoint one specific book, but I think it was in 8th grade, reading THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving, that I decided I wanted to write. Norma Klein, Judy Blume, and Cynthia Voight were huge influences on me, too.
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Post by: RES on February 13, 2008, 08:51 PM
For me it was ETHAN FROME. I know, strange, huh?  I was captivatetd by Edith Wharton's descriptions of winter in New England and the tragic love story between Ethan and Mattie.
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Post by: mrh on February 13, 2008, 09:32 PM
Little Women
Anne of Green Gables
Green Dolphin Street (I think I have that right? It's by Elizabeth Goudge.)

Also, big thick books in general made me want to be a writer. I guess it was the fascination of creating a world or story that huge. And I loved pens when I was a child. They made me want to be a writer too. I didn't need a lot of persuading.
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Post by: Emily on February 13, 2008, 09:37 PM
"East of Eden"
and also
"The Winter of Our Discontent'

Emily
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Post by: olmue on February 13, 2008, 09:52 PM
Well, I used to staple pages together and illustrate them and then dictate the text to my mom before I could actually read, so I don't remember which book made me realize writing was a part of me. And when I got to Nancy Drew, I was disappointed when my mom explained Carolyn Keene was actually a book packager, not a real person. But the first novel I read where I knew there was a real publisher and a real author that woke me up to complete consciousness would be A Wrinkle in Time. L'Engle wrote me back and FSG was my first personalized rejection, so I think I'd have to tag that one. 
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Post by: africakid on February 13, 2008, 10:26 PM
I'd have the say the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, especially "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe."  We lived in Africa, and I remember waiting impatiently for my aunt and uncle in the States to send me the next book when it came out...
And it's the first time I got so caught up in a writer's world.  Lewis whisked me off to Narnia and I didn't want to come back!
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Post by: Laura D on February 14, 2008, 05:35 AM
THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK, by my boss

ZING!
 :dr


Anne of Green Gables.
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Post by: skarab on February 14, 2008, 07:13 AM
Hmmm, I don't know of any one book that made me want to be a writer, though the closest is probably Burnett's The Little Princess. I remember being fascinated with how Sarah Crewe drew comfort from and gained popularity through her story-telling ability. It remains one of my all time favorite books!
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Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on February 14, 2008, 07:18 AM
THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK, by my boss


:dr

Not sure I could pinpoint any one book - since I've been reading voraciously since I was 3. I absolutely loved A Child's Garden of Verses & I started writing poetry when I was old enough to writing - and I used to illustrate my poems with things like a birdbath surrounded by flowers and little birds flying around it or sitting on the rim. (I was very into gardens back then  :D )

I think I first thought about writing books during my Agatha Christie phase... but didn't try writing any until I did a rhyming PB for my daughters. I started writing fiction in earnest about fourteen years ago... finally completing my first ms the summer of 2006 (a MG ghost story that still needs tweaking.)

That's my story... (or at least one of them  ;D  )
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Post by: Larry on February 14, 2008, 07:19 AM
Dr. Seuss and his wacky worlds and unique approach had a big impact on me. I love humor! The Wayside School books by Louis Sachar have provided a boost as well. But it wasn't until I read Cynthia Rylant's A Fine White Dust that I really believed I could write the stories I wanted to write.

 :hamster Will I ever get back to the trench?
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Post by: Vijaya on February 14, 2008, 10:03 PM
Gosh, I'm enjoying this thread very much.

I have three books.  One that I read when I was 12 -- Adventures in Two Worlds by A.J. Cronin.  It's his autobiography.  He was a doctor turned novelist.  And that was my dream.  I loved science and medicine and my first love was medicine.  And I dreamed that when I became a grandmother, I'd write stories.  But I became a scientist instead.  Although I loved it, it didn't have the same *calling* factor as medicine.

Flashforward 20 years.  I read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.  And I was in awe.  I thought, I'd like to write a book some day.  Like that.

A couple of years later, I bought Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance.  I *avoided* reading this book for a long time.  Reading random pages brought back memories so intensely, I'd put it away.  Then one day, I started reading and when I finished the book, the characters stayed with me a long time (they are still with me), and I remembered all the things that didn't make sense to me as a child and I finally understood a few things.  And I started writing in a lab-notebook.  A month or two later, I bought myself a spiral notebook ... and just wrote stuff.

But it wasn't until I had my first baby a couple of years later that I took my first writing class and learned how to write ... and I've been writing ever since, off and on, the first few years, but more regularly once baby#2 started sleeping through the night.  Writing is my calling, on par with medicine.

These books have really made my dreams come true.
Vijaya
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Post by: 1846 on February 15, 2008, 04:50 AM
This is a totally offbeat choice.  But as a small child, this book really did make me want to be an author.  The book is called The Debater's Guide.  None of your have ever heard of it, and you can't find anything about it online.  It was copyrighted over 90 years ago.  It's probably been out of print almost that long.  I've never even read it.

My dad's father was an ardent book collector.  All of his books were lovingly cared for and marked on the inside covers with hand made, typed book plates saying "John H. Arnold Private Library" and each book was numbered.

A small time entrepreneur whose various business ventures ranged from ghost writing college termpapers to manufacturing vending machines, my grandfather died a few months after my parents were married, so all I ever knew of him was one photograph, the remnant of his book collection that was in our home, and the stories my dad would tell about him.  And my grandfather was the author of The Debater's Guide.

I can still remember the tingle of fascination I felt as a child looking at that book, and making the connection that books weren't just objects on a shelf, but were the creative efforts of real people.  And the real person who created THIS book was my grandfather, who was not a real person to ME except in the manifestation of this book.

My grandfather's love of books quickly rubbed off on me and all the books I owned as a child still contain labels on the inside covers marking them as part of my own private library.  And in a very real sense my interest in writing, which began literally as soon as I COULD write, grew out of a desire to connect with the grandfather I never knew, because of that special book on in our bookcase.

 :star2  Okay, this is getting way to deep.  Time to get ready for school!
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Post by: brian_ohio on February 15, 2008, 05:00 AM
Pet Semetery - Stephen King. I've always wanted to scare the crap out of readers like that.
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Post by: DerekJ on February 15, 2008, 05:09 AM
Probably not true, but for the sake of embroidered fiction to inspire other writers, I'll say "The Animal Family", by Randall Jarell:

I usually run screaming from Yolen-ite fantasies in love with the sound of their own voice and/or new-ageiness, and found myself more attracted to a more "natural" fantasy, in which a mermaid is described so offhandedly and naturalistically, it was part immersion and part frustration that made me want to write more fantasies that left the reader saying, "Now, that's good observation of detail; the writer must've really gone out and spent some time observing local mermaids in the wi...Aww, geez!!  :banghead "   :faint
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Post by: Buffy on February 15, 2008, 07:30 AM
As a kid--books that enthralled me and made me want to write:
Charlotte's Web
Pippi Longstocking
Little Women


As a mom (the books that made me want to write for kids--maybe because I read them to my kids 1000s of times):
Goodnight Moon
But Not the Hippopatamus
Blueberries for Sal
Bread and Jam for Frances
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Post by: lydap on February 15, 2008, 07:36 AM
Emily of New Moon and its two sequels by LM Montgomery
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Post by: DeirdreK on February 15, 2008, 07:50 AM
Make Way For Ducklings
A Wrinkle in Time
Little Annie Bigfoot (My mom and dad wrote it and it never climbed out of the slush.  But as a kid I used to love it when they pulled out those magical typewritten pages, the notice of copyright(they'd actually paid to have it registered) and read it to me while I illustrated it.)
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Post by: EmeraldGown on February 15, 2008, 07:51 AM
I've wanted to be a writer since forever.  I also can't pinpoint exactly when.  I mean, I remember voicing I wanted to be an "author" when I grew up when I was about nine, but I remember writing stories in class that teachers read aloud (one in fourth grade and one in fifth grade) that got great reactions from my classmates (I particularly remember the one in the fourth grade because it was about an obnoxious balloon and had a great opening line).  I remember Narnia and A Wrinkle in Time blowing my mind.  I am an artist, too, so I was always writing and illustrating books.  My twin sister, too.  We threw away a tome we wrote at 11 or so where we had the Trixie Belden people meet the Nancy Drew people with Alec Ramsay from the Black Stallion Series and then we started crossing timelines and genres and had Phillipa Pearce characters hanging out with E. Nesbit people and even Pern's Menolly.  I am not kidding. Sometimes I am sorry that we threw it out.  Other times I am sure it was horrific.  we drew a lot of comics too, and I still have some where the Star Trek and Star Wars people meet.  Heh heh.  My sis is always mortified when I confess to how nerdy we are.

As for Carolyn Keene...she IS real...she's just many, many people. Some of whom probably post on this board.... >cough, cough<.
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Post by: DeirdreK on February 15, 2008, 08:06 AM
Actually, there's a great book on the history of the Nancy Drew series:

http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Sleuth-Nancy-Women-Created/dp/015603056X/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203091404&sr=8-13 (http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Sleuth-Nancy-Women-Created/dp/015603056X/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1203091404&sr=8-13)

"The Hidden Staircase" was the first chapterbook I ever read.  But reading about the women who wrote Nancy Drew makes me want to write rip-roaring adventure novels. =) 

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Post by: Stephanie J. Blake on February 15, 2008, 09:26 AM
Firegirl by Tony Abbott is the book that made me want to write for kids. I realized that the simple stories need to be told.

But, I always thought I'd be a romance novelist until then.
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Post by: Stone Writer on February 15, 2008, 10:37 AM
Good topic. In fourth grade we had a career day where we dressed up like the profession we wanted to be. While my classmates were dressed as baseball players, doctors, and one unfortunate girl, a supermarket clerk, I wore normal clothes and brought in a book. People thought I was a librarian. I told them I wanted to be an author.

The first book I can remember loving was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was probably in 2nd grade. Before that I'd read The Hardy Boys and some Laura Ingells Wilder, but when I discovered Dahl things changed for me as I learned not every book had to be nice and warm and inviting. In fourth grade I was tired of scary books that didn't scare me and I read (with my mother's permission and to the horror (pun intended) of my teacher) Stephen King's Pet Sematary. From there I was off and running.
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Post by: Marcia on February 15, 2008, 01:08 PM
HARRIET THE SPY for one.
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Post by: JMPrince on February 15, 2008, 02:52 PM
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and EMILY OF NEW MOON by L.M. Montgomery
because of the world they transported me to, and because I wanted to be just like Emily and Anne. Thank God they both had such realistic writing careers. They faced repeated rejections and both worked super hard for their writing successes. I think if they'd just "made it," I might have expected the same, but I never have had that expectation. I love Montgomery for instilling that motivation and work ethic in me in terms of my writing.
 :writing

ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT'S ME, MARGARET by Judy Blume
because it reached me in a way that no other book ever had. It was just so REAL. Margaret's voice was like "every girl." I didn't know books could do that..y'know...have characters who lived in the "real world" and had "real" problems.
 :wow

I think Judy Blume's current counterpart for realistic portrayal is Sara Zarr.
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Post by: sarah_create on February 15, 2008, 03:16 PM
I've always loved reading.
I never wanted to become a writer. It never crossed my mind. Writers and authors are those creative people. Certainly not me. Or so I thought.
My story is unusual. I didn't even realize I was writing a novel until I had 45,000 words in my computer.
Then I realized I loved  :love writing and revising as much as I love books and stories.

So perhaps my first manuscript is what made me want to become a writer. Or did it make me a writer?
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Post by: Estee on February 15, 2008, 04:17 PM
Ditto on the L.M. Mongomery!  The Emily of New Moon series especially--I want to be Emily!
Estee
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Post by: SproutQ on February 15, 2008, 04:38 PM
Oh oh oh!  I have to copy and add Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to my list.  I wanted to be Judy Blume before I wanted to be Katherine Paterson.

One great moment in my life: I got to meet Judy Blume at a reception for my editor.  We discussed, well, we discussed how much I worship her... and lip balm.  Also, I showed her where to get the best cupcakes.  She was gracious and adorable.  I tried not to drool.
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Post by: DeirdreK on February 15, 2008, 07:41 PM
I got PAID to hear Madeleine L'Engle read and sign my copy of A Wrinkle in Time!  (I was babysitting.  My Boss couldn't take his daughter to see her, so he had ME take her! The best part is, the girl I was babysitting was a young scifi/ fantasy fan-- we loved all the same books, so it wasn't "work" at all! =)  )
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Post by: Catherine M on February 17, 2008, 11:13 AM
I always wanted to be a writer, probably a direct result of my overactive imagination. I wasn't a picky reader as a kid, but I always loved fairy tales the best. That probably explains why I'm such a Gail Carson Levine fan.
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Post by: TrishD on February 17, 2008, 12:08 PM
I don't think I can identify a book or books that made me want to be a writer, but 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson was the book that made me want to become a published author.
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Post by: Deb Cushman on February 17, 2008, 02:07 PM
This is going to age me -- but I have to say the Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary. I read them when they first came out and was hooked. (Ramona was a pest then but didn't really get her own books until I was older!)
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Post by: LadyBard on February 29, 2008, 05:42 AM
I don't know exactly when it happened.  I've been writing since I'm about 12yrs old.  I'll be 50 in may.  I've just decided to try to get them published within
the last few years.
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Post by: josullivan on February 29, 2008, 07:06 AM
After my daughter was born,  I started thinking about all the books that I wanted to share with her when she could read. Some of the ones that stood out most vividly in my memory were books by a British author named Ruth M. Arthur. She wrote about a dozen books in the 70's and sadly they're now all out of print (although I was able to get all of them on ebay or alibris). Her stories were always supernatural, usually set on the coast of Devon or Cornwall, and usually involved a girl coming to a place for the summer and discovering something magical from the past. When I started writing fiction, I realized I was trying to recreate what I had found in those books as a 10 or 11 year old. Rereading them as an adult, I realized she wasn't the greatest writer in the world, but it didn't matter..it was the stories. After Candlemas, A Candle in Her Window, Requiem for a Princess, The Whistling Boy, The Saracen Lamp...anyone else read her?
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Post by: Min on March 03, 2008, 09:28 PM
Mermaids by Patty Dann
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Post by: witzl on March 04, 2008, 07:17 AM
A Wrinkle in Time, Carol Ryrie Brink's 'Baby Island,' The Borrowers series, The Secret Garden, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond, among others. It struck me that a lot of writers got to have adventurous lives so they would have plenty to write about -- I wanted to do that even more than I wanted to be a writer.
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Post by: momalisa on March 04, 2008, 08:56 AM
I really enjoyed reading everyone's posts.  I always had my nose in a book when I was a kid, that is when I wasn't dancing.  Sydney Taylor's All of a Kind Family series had a big infuence on me.  I have all my original copies sitting on the bookshelf next to me.  Judy Blume was my other author idol who made me want to write.  It's not the End of The World and Are You There God It's Me Margaret were my two favorites and then of course reading Forever with my friends in eighth grade had a lasting impact and made for some great memories. 

Yes, I too wanted to be Judy Blume.   I would love to meet her someday.  :star2

Some other favorites were The Secret Garden, A Wrinkle in Time, Stuart Little and Charlottes Web.  :books
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Post by: Rhonda on March 04, 2008, 09:05 AM
I don't know if there was one book that had an influence on me like that...but as a kid, I loved the classics you guys listed on here (L'Engle, Tolkein, Lewis, etc). I also loved Where the Red Fern Grows, Bridge to Terabithia, Beverly Cleary books, the Flowers in the Attic series, Nancy Drew series, etc.

It wasn't just one book, but I think a lifetime of reading excellent material that made me want to throw my hat in the ring and give it a whirl!
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Post by: momalisa on March 04, 2008, 09:17 AM
I loved V. C. Andrews' Flowers in the Attic series.  How could I forget those.   I remember really liking those cool cutout covers too.   :)
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Post by: Lunchbox on March 20, 2008, 12:48 AM
I think I started writing almost as soon as I started reading, but the book(s) that really made me want to get serious about it was The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.  I knew then that it was okay to be silly.
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Post by: Artemesia on March 20, 2008, 05:31 AM
I fell in love with The Great Brain books when I was in grade 2 or 3 (I had to sneak them from my brother because I wasn't old enough to take out chapter/MG books from the school library yet). I remember being in awe of how anyone could know how to write stories like that!

Gordon Korman was also a big inspiration. I read every GK book I could find as a kid, his books were all I ever ordered from scholastic at school, and I got to meet him at a young writer's conference in grade 6, which was amazing. And he published This Can't Be Happening At McDonald Hall when he was 12, or something crazy!!!

I think I started writing almost as soon as I started reading, but the book(s) that really made me want to get serious about it was The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.  I knew then that it was okay to be silly.

I read this when I was in grade 9, I think. And I wholeheartedly agree! My writing can be a little outrageously silly at times, and this book was probably a big influence. (I was born silly, but you are right Lunchbox, I felt this made it okay, and spurred me on to be even sillier!)  :tease
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Post by: missrodeo on March 20, 2008, 06:24 AM
There are many, many books that inspired me as a young reader....but honestly, the one that made me think "I want to try this" as an adult was Gossip Girl. Before I rediscovered YA, I happened to pick one up and thought "I want to write a book that reflects MY teenage experience"--which was a far cry from the Upper East Side life.
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Post by: carrots on March 21, 2008, 09:20 AM
I can really relate to missrodeo.  I was a voracious reader growing up, but never had an interest in writing.  It wasn't until I had my first child that I caught the writing bug.  The book that clinched it for me:  Judy Moody by Megan MacDonald
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Post by: Sam Hranac on March 21, 2008, 09:27 AM
Troubles at home kept me in my room, rather than with family. In that room was a white haired old man with a sweeping mustache. In drawling tones, he told me stories of a boy who ran from what family he had. This boy, though he was like an angel on earth, had self doubts to the point where he thought himself to be the very devil. Huck and I rafted the Mississippi together for the first time when I was about ten.

After that, I devoured all the stories that old man had to tell me. I bathed in Mark Twain's observations and wisdom. I knew that someday, I wanted to be able to share my soul with the world in the same way that he had. He offered me a hand back into the world at a time when I could have grown into a recluse.

Great! Now you made me go and get all misty! (I promised myself I wouldn't cry!)
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Post by: ghoulinpajamas on March 21, 2008, 09:49 AM
All I wanted to do as a kid was make movies. Then write movies. I was captivated as a teen by stories like   Usual Suspects and Seven.  Then I married and had babies, rediscovered my emotional soft side. (I'm one of those that cries during previews, opening credits  . . . oh, and game shows.) Falling back in love with love stories. Turning thirty made me nostalgic, I skipped my high school reunion because I hated high school and fiction is better than reality because you can give people what they want.

What was the question?  Oh yeah, Half blood prince made me want to write about teens. For even with the distraction of fighting dark wizards and saving all of mankind, what makes her characters real was that she allowed them to love and yearn and be angsty. I so wanted a piece of that.

Monica   :dance

 
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Post by: m.pritchett on March 22, 2008, 05:42 PM
I have always, always, ALWAYS written. Seriously, as cliche as it is for me to say that, it's true. That's the one thing I've always been praised for by my teachers: my writing skills.

Of course, I do think this came about because I consumed about 6 books a week regularly from when I was five to when I was thirteen. Yeah, I was pretty much a bookworm. I read during recess. Now that I've gotten older (ha ha, 16), I find I spend most of my time writing rather than reading, and since I read much more complex and longer books, I don't have the time to go through half a dozen in a week. I'm lucky now if I get through one every two weeks. I know, shame on me.

Gosh, I'm ranting now. No, the books that made me want to be a writer are probably the Harry Potter series. I started reading it when I was in fourth grade and I just couldn't believe how many people were reading them, especially the kids in my class that I knew didn't read. From that point on, I knew I wanted to make that kind of an impact on kids. And the rest is history!
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Post by: Pippa on March 23, 2008, 08:11 AM
Every book I ever read from when I started with Noddy, my mom's old Enid Blyton books, C.S. Lewis ... the list is huge. I sat down and worked on my writing every time I finished a book and longed to be able to create that kind magic.

Roald Dahl's "Boy" finally gave me the push to work hard and aim at publication - also, "Get off your but's and DO IT" was pretty motivational, but in a different way.
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Post by: circe68 on March 23, 2008, 06:42 PM
Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine.
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Post by: Bracken on March 23, 2008, 07:54 PM
I generally credit Roald Dahl for inspiring me when I was a little kid (I loved "Matilda" and "James and the Giant Peach"!), but I think it was after I read "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien that I realized that the written word had a lot of power, and that writing really was a craft. 
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Post by: DebbieRFischer on March 23, 2008, 08:05 PM
Not original, but it was all about Judy Blume for me growing up. Then Cleary, Danziger, and Fitzhugh. Betty Smith's A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN had a tremendous impact on me too. I probably knew I wanted to write humor when I first read THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK. That's the first book that made me laugh out loud. Now my kids laugh when I read it to them. I knew I wanted to write YA always, always, always. 
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Post by: Deb Cushman on March 24, 2008, 05:34 AM
Oh, Oh, Oh -- THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK -- I LOVE that book! Anytime anyone I know has a baby, I buy them a copy! No matter how many times you read it, the ending is always a surprise  :dr

I can relate to A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN as well. I must have read that book five or six times when I was in Junior High.
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Post by: Cheddarcheese on March 25, 2008, 12:01 PM
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall is one of them.
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Post by: lizzy_lyn on March 26, 2008, 12:46 PM
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.   :love
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Post by: momadigan on March 26, 2008, 01:42 PM
Probably NO FLYING IN THE HOUSE, by Betty Brock.

It's my all-time childhood favorite. I wanted to write books that would give that much pleasure.

Lisa

 :books
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Post by: Bish on March 29, 2008, 03:37 AM
For me I think it's authors more than a particular book or two that inspired me to want to write.
As a kid, it was L. Frank Baum and the Oz books
Later it was Jack London
In high school it was anything by Stienbeck and Herman Hesse.

But there are two books that stand out in my mind as totally inspiring:
Islandia by Austin Tappen Wright and the Lord of the Ring trilogy.
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Post by: Brenda on March 29, 2008, 04:58 AM
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

Although my copy was long gone, I was "dumpster diving" in the book bin at the Goodwill and found it, with the original artwork.  I was in Heaven.

Another one is Gone With The Wind.  Few people know that Scarlett had more than one child. I re-wrote the ending for a Language Arts Project.  Even though the whole book was from Scarlett's POV, I re-wrote it from Rhett's.  I think I'd do it differently now.
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Post by: Writermama on March 31, 2008, 02:04 PM
Greatc topic!  Thought I'd join and add my 2 cents: of course, I'm repeating some!


These are most of the books and authors I read between ages 8 and 16 that really, really influenced me to want to write:

The Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace

The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe

Nancy Drew books

Virtually anything by Judy Blume, but specifically Are you there God? It's me, Margaret and Deenie

ALL the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary

Sunshine by Norma Klein (heart-wrenching, compelling)

Rainbow Jordan by Alice Childress, also by her: A hero ain't nothin' but a sandwich

Edith Jackson by Rosa Guy  (one of the very few african-american teen novels written during the late '70s, early 80s, along with Ms. Childress' titles above--great role models for my writing dreams)

The cat ate my gymsuit by Paula Danziger (and also There's a bat in bunk five)

Little women by L.M. Alcott

Most titles by Lois Duncan (Down a dark hall and Summer of fear, especially)

Jacob have I loved by Katherine Paterson

Flowers in the attic series by V.C. Andrews (and also the Heaven and Rain series)

It and The tommyknockers by Stephen King, and a few others


These are all I can think of for now, but I'm sure I could include a few more.

Oh yes, Pippi Longstocking.



Crystal










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Post by: blindfold on April 04, 2008, 10:10 AM
 :broccoli

Great topic!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd!
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Post by: Kathy Q. on April 08, 2008, 06:21 PM
Anne of Green Gables and Harriet the Spy, especially Harriet the Spy. She's the person who made me start watching people and noticing things about them, although at the time I learned from her not to write them down. I liked Harriet so much I read my library's copy almost to tatters. (I still like tomato sandwiches and long hot baths.)

Kathy Q.
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Post by: Anne on April 09, 2008, 09:04 AM
Anything I read by the Brontes made me wonder why anyone in the world spent their time doing anything EXCEPT writing.
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Post by: thunderchikin on April 09, 2008, 09:09 AM
Lord of the Rings and Goodbye Columbus
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Post by: Larry on April 09, 2008, 09:35 AM
I've already chimed in, but I want to add, Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. (compiled by Leonard Marcus) She did more for the evolution of children's book publishing than anyone I can think of. The collection of letters/corresponances from Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maurice Sendak, E.B. White and countless others inspire me every time I reread the book. It's priceless!  :bow
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Post by: CarrieAnn on April 12, 2008, 09:59 AM
I decided I wanted to write after finishing Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins. Thus ensued a few years of trying to write politically-influential, "serious" type stuff and spending a lot of time in coffee shops pretending to be avant garde. Then I revisited The Westing Game during my pregnancy as a comfort read, and suddenly it all made sense. I put fingers to keyboard to write my YA when my twins were about two months old.
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Post by: writercat on April 12, 2008, 10:07 AM
Well, tons of books made me sure of becoming a writer. But the one that started it, the very first influence, was probably Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, which I read when I was in 3rd or 4th grade.
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Post by: pschmatz on April 18, 2008, 02:48 PM
I love this topic.

THE OUTSIDERS, by S.E. Hinton.  That book was my best friend for years.  I used to carry it around with me and reread it every six months or so.  It made me feel so less lonely in the world...although I loved reading and had lots of favorite books, that one has always been my #1 inspiration. 
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Post by: Jessemi on April 18, 2008, 03:30 PM
Time for a commercial break. (aka something other than a book inspired me to become a writer.)

My daughter inspired me to be a writer.  I saw her put her 2 year old legs into my husbands cowboy boots and mutter her version of YEEHAW.  That sent me to the :oncomputer.  Now I look at the world through a different pair of eyes...always looking for the next inspiration.  Of course books influence my writing now, but it wasn't a book that got me started. 

Now, back to the show...
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Post by: tbone on April 19, 2008, 03:40 PM
The Diamond in the Window, National Velvet, the Black Stallion series and, oddly enough, Jaws. :ahh
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Post by: Judith on April 25, 2008, 07:54 PM
Jane Yolen's picture books were my inspiration--oh, yes, and Eve Bunting and Jan Brett and Kevin Henkes and...  I just love picture books.
js
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Post by: LMiller32 on April 30, 2008, 06:15 PM
Among others, Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series.  (And the movie doesn't come even close to doing it justice!)
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Post by: dinalapomy101 on April 30, 2008, 06:40 PM
Sarah Dessen's THAT SUMMER
Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK
Ellen Wittlinger's ZIGZAG

The summer I read those was the summer I decided I wanted to write novels like those.  After getting a couple of angsty coming of ages out of my system, now I'm working on some contemp and historical slight paranormals, but I still LOVE those authors and all their books.
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Post by: Tabitha on April 30, 2008, 08:00 PM
There was no one book that made me want to be a writer - an English teacher did that for me.  She made us write a poem as an assignment, and it terrified me.  I made myself sit down and write, and found that I really enjoyed it.  Then I wrote poems for the next twelve years, never tried to get published, and never ventured into anything new. 

It was Harry Potter that made me want to write for kids, and I feel like this was my true calling as a writer.  I can't imagine what my life would have been like without the middle grade and young adult stories flowing from my pen.  Ahhh, such a warm, fuzzy feeling they give me. 
 :love

Tabitha
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Post by: Walks_Btwn_Sight_Unseen on May 04, 2008, 09:19 AM
To Kill a Mockingbird

Yes. Absolutely. And A TIME TO KILL by John Grisham. I'd never wept over fictional characters. Those two made me cry like a baby.
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Post by: Lynda B. on May 04, 2008, 11:40 AM
'Dandelion Wine' by Ray Bradbury

I bought a new copy and have read the first chapter or so to my son, but the language was just a little too metaphorical for him and got in the way of his enjoyment. Maybe we'll try again this summer or next year.

Also, Mister Rogers was the first to show me that anyone can write. After watching him write a book about finding a lost blanket, I had to do it for myself and then come up with another one of my own about feeding the cat.

My grandmother wrote and researched a book on our family genealogy and though it was not a work of fiction, it was a great example to me. We still get requests for it!

Lynda
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Post by: Sarah_Erber on May 04, 2008, 01:40 PM
"HOLLOW KINGDOM"  by Claire B. Dunkle.
My favorite movie is and will forever be "THE LABYRINTH".  This novel had everything to do with a Goblin King, Goblins, and an early 19th century girl who became the Goblin King's fascination!

"BLOOD AND CHOCOLATE" was another one that helped me create the dream of writing one day.

Last but not least ... "HARRY POTTER"
I would love to have people waiting outside a bookstore at three in the morning just to buy my novel!
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Post by: Liz Straw on May 04, 2008, 01:56 PM
There was no one book that made me want to be a writer - an English teacher did that for me. 

Same here.  I don't actually remember when I started to read, but I was reading everything I could read by the age of four.  My favorite book in first grade was Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson and then by four grade I was an avid Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon fan.

But my seventh grade English teacher had us write a story and I was one of three that was picked to read my story to the class.  At that moment I knew I wanted to write.  It has taken years to get to the point where I am actually getting books done, although I have tried earlier in my life.  (gotta love computers! :oncomputer)

Liz
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Post by: PatEsden on May 04, 2008, 04:17 PM
Poems inspired me to write.
I copied this poem out of a book in fourth grade and hung it over my desk. 
"The Fairies" by William Allingham :star2
http://www.poetry-archive.com/a/the_fairies.html

A little later I got hooked on Grims Fairy Tales.
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Post by: Tori on May 06, 2008, 03:57 PM
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.....what a treasure...
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Post by: pschmatz on May 08, 2008, 08:52 AM
My favorite story about To Kill A Mockingbird is from a friend of mine who read it to her 9-year-old son.  When they finished the last page and she closed the book, he was quiet for a long time.  Then he said, "Read it again."
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Post by: cyn2write on May 08, 2008, 09:56 AM
I know one of the first "big books" I tried to write was when I was 9, and it was a CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, so I guess one of those must have made me want to write.  But I know I was writing way before then, so, hmmm CHARLOTTE'S WEB?  I dunno, I am obviously ancient and experiencing severe memory loss.

Do I get points for knowing that the book that made me decide I will always be a hack, no matter how hard I try, was TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD? 
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Post by: ecm on September 09, 2008, 09:26 PM
I'm dusting off this thread because it's a cool topic...

I've always loved books and I always wrote but my writing was usually a personal pursuit like journaling. My public and professional persona were tied with my artwork. It wasn't until adulthood that I even thought about writing "seriously" and the first books that nudged me in that direction were BIRD BY BIRD by Anne LaMott and BOY by Roald Dahl.
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Post by: chan on September 10, 2008, 06:31 PM
To be in awe of those who could write amazing sentences and beautiful stories?  Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron

To write myself? A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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Post by: Traci Dee on September 10, 2008, 06:38 PM
The first book that inspired me to write my own stories was Neverending Story by Michael Ende. 

But the book that made me want to be a writer was It by Stephen King.  I cried after I finished it because I hadn't wanted it to end, hadn't wanted to leave that world, and I thought how cool would it be to make someone feel that way after reading something I'd written?
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Post by: rab on September 10, 2008, 07:08 PM
I'm glad you dusted this off, ecm--it's a fun thread. Like others, it might have been a combination of teachers, authors, and books for me. In 4th grade, my teacher read us the Little House books. Family lore says that I'd said I'd wanted to be an "arthur" since I was tiny, but 4th grade is the first time I remember consciously trying to be one (although I wasn't at all aware that I was imitating Laura Ingalls Wilder in my weepy epic of frontier life, "A Thanksgiving Turkey").
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Post by: Liz Straw on September 10, 2008, 08:48 PM
I have always loved reading, especially mysteries where girls solved the problems.  I loved Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew, but I read everything I could that had girls and women solving mysteries - uh, I still do....

I think i always wanted to write a great mystery story, and I have some starts and stops stored here and there...

But it was really a story I wrote for my seventh grade teacher that made me want to write.  It was an assignment where we had to pick one sentence starter from our English book and write a story (yes I still have that story - it is a hoot to read!)  Mine was one of the stories she picked to have read out loud to the class :yay.  While we didn't really get a grade the fact that I was one of two people picked to read their story out loud was quite an honor and from that moment on, I knew someday I was going to write a book. 

Still working on finishing that book, but someday I will get it finished. 

So in this intance it is one of those cases where you have to thank a teacher.

Liz :stuck
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Post by: Sudo Nimm on September 13, 2008, 10:14 PM
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry.
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Post by: Topaz on September 13, 2008, 10:46 PM
For me it was Emily of New Moon. I grew up with her, and she's like my literary sister. I identified with her strongly when I was a teen, and I still do, to an extent. :-)
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Post by: Tessadragon on October 01, 2008, 12:27 PM
the books that inspired me most are:
Tamora Pierce's Immortals quartet and Circle of Magic quartet
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The very first book i remember making me feel that i wanted to write was a short story in a book, i think it was called Lamb to the Slaughter. It was about a woman whose husband seemed to love his prize-winning rabbits more than her, and  her jealousy. Our English teacher read out the first half of the story to us and then she told us to write the end. I wrote mine, took it to her, she read it then read it out to the class, and no one looked at me the same ever again  :drinking
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Post by: TrishD on October 01, 2008, 08:31 PM
When I was a kid, I would "edit" my favorite books, either to include myself in the story or to make them better (or at least what I thought was better). But the book that was the catalyst for My Way or the Highway was Maureen Johnson's 13 Little Blue Envelopes. When I finished it, I decided that was the kind of book I wanted to write. So I did. :)
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Post by: sjkincaid on October 11, 2008, 09:10 PM
Legacy by Susan Kay. It's a Tudor historical, but I picked it up in our bathroom at home in Seventh Grade and literally could not put it down. It's a long, meaty, satisfying epic that followes Elizabeth Tudor from birth to death. Twisted, witty, clever-- it still awes me today with the perfect language and metaphors. It's out of print now, sadly-- which is a shame, since Kay took 20 years writing such a deeply addictive, psychological novel, and I think it would bust Phillippa Gregory's sales record.

Anyway, that's what made me want to be a writer. I wished I could spellbind someone the way that book did to me. It's even the reason I majored in history! I'd only heard about Elizabeth I before that... but I really felt like I knew this gloriously fascinating, brilliant, slightly twisted person after reading that book.
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Post by: ndrushing on October 13, 2008, 08:18 PM
The Trouble with Miss Switch

It made me want to eat cinnamon toast and be a scientist for the summer.
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Post by: carlind on October 14, 2008, 06:30 AM
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson-- I think I read it for the first time in fifth grade.

I had the honor of spending a day with her a couple of years ago, and she is the loveliest, most down-to-earth, interesting person.
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on October 05, 2010, 10:34 PM
What a cool thread!

I didn't know I wanted to be a writer until I was in university. I was focussed on becoming an actress before that, although I was always reading and writing. I didn't even know that "writer" was something a girl could aspire to.

But the first time I had an urge to be a writer was when I was 11 and performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream at camp. I wanted to use words as imaginatively as Shakespeare. I had no idea how presumptuous that idea was.
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Post by: MaryWitzl on October 06, 2010, 01:46 AM
I don't think it was one book for me, but I do remember reading books at a very early age and being certain that I would write them some day myself.  And I suppose at least that part is true... I definitely write them...

I was entertained by dozens of books, but the ones that really captured my imagination and got me thinking about the books I just knew I would produce some day were Charlotte's Web, Baby Island, Robinson Crusoe, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Treasure Island (clearly I had a thing about islands), A Wrinkle in Time, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
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Post by: Raynbow on October 06, 2010, 04:19 AM
Okay, I might live to regret admitting this, but here goes. So, as an adult I thought about becoming a writer and I had just finished Harry Potter. I thought, no, there is no way I could ever write like that. Then I read an article about a very popular book in Entertainment Weekly. The author had three young boys (just like me) and had written her book in three months. I went out and bought Twilight. I read it and thought, I can do that. So, I started writing and wrote my first manuscript in three months. I aimed for 100K words, because her book was 130K, but I only got it up to 87K. (I am so laughing as I type this). So, yes, Stephenie Meyer is the reason I started writing :)
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Post by: Aimee W. on October 06, 2010, 04:33 AM
You won't regret it....lol. Same here. I remember reading Harry Potter the First when my almost 11 year old daughter was an infant. I devoured them each time a new one came out. I wound up separating from my husband a few years later, moving back to my hometown, struggling to find employment...it was harsh times. I'd often thought, "I'd love to write a book," like so many people do, but I thought it was for "other people"--I had toddlers to chase. I don't know why the mind works that way, but it can and often does. And then, sometime in 2006, I finally peeked in on some of the background talk over JK. I heard she was a struggling welfare mom when she wrote the first book, putting the baby in a stroller so she could go to the coffee shop and scribble on napkins and scraps of paper, keeping them in a shoebox.....that's when it all clicked. That's when I understood it was possible for any old schlub. I finally started and finished my first novel in February of 2008 (I'd attempted NaNo in 06' and 07'), and I'm on my sixth manuscript. I've fought like a mad dog to learn the ropes (I'm a former trailer court kid with a 9th grade education. Relearning grammar and punctuation? It almost killed me.) and I haven't quit, even when I thought there was no hope I'd ever catch on. Even though the first few books I wrote were terrible. But then the next one wasn't painful to read, and the next one was better yet....

I'm a lesson in tenacity, I think  :dr

ETA: Interestingly enough, that struggle to find employment ended with a job at Barnes & Noble. It's all been a process--every step, day, and word.
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Post by: Raynbow on October 06, 2010, 04:45 AM
with a 9th grade education. Relearning grammar and punctuation? It almost killed me.)

Totally off topic here, but Aimee, having read your work, I would never ever ever have known this. You are a lesson in perseverance and I admire you.
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Post by: Aimee W. on October 06, 2010, 04:48 AM
Aww...thank you so much, Raynbow. That made my day  :redflower
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Post by: RJ_Anderson on October 06, 2010, 06:06 AM
The Chronicles of Narnia -- all of them -- and The Lord of the Rings.
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Post by: SarahE on October 06, 2010, 06:17 AM
Okay, I might live to regret admitting this, but here goes. So, as an adult I thought about becoming a writer and I had just finished Harry Potter. I thought, no, there is no way I could ever write like that. Then I read an article about a very popular book in Entertainment Weekly. The author had three young boys (just like me) and had written her book in three months. I went out and bought Twilight. I read it and thought, I can do that. So, I started writing and wrote my first manuscript in three months. I aimed for 100K words, because her book was 130K, but I only got it up to 87K. (I am so laughing as I type this). So, yes, Stephenie Meyer is the reason I started writing :)

Raynbow  - everything you've said is ME word-for-word. Back in 2005 after I'd had my first child, I bought myself the first four Harry Potter books and devoured them. I was so in love, it sparked something in me and I realised I wanted to write again (something I hadn't done since I was a teen). So I sat down and started. Then, like you, I heard some background story about Stephenie Meyer and was intrigued, so I picked up Twilight and thought (exactly like you!): 'I can do that'.

And now, with every fabulous YA book I read, it spurs me on even more. For instance, I LOVE Melina Marchetta books. She makes me want to just keep trying and learning and get better with every new thing I write.

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Post by: dinalapomy101 on October 06, 2010, 06:33 AM
The book that made me want to be a published YA author was Sarah Dessen's THAT SUMMER.
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Post by: kiperoo on October 06, 2010, 07:08 AM
Fun thread! Glad this got bumped.

Mine was THE LITTLE PRINCESS, but Frances Hodgson Burnett. I think I was about 7 when I read it. After reading it for about the third or fourth time, I set myself up on my parents' typewriter (yes, this was before everyone had computers!), and began typing in a story about a girl and her friends and enemies at a girls' school (I was clearly very original). Boy, do I wish I had a copy of that to laugh over now.
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Post by: Jennifer Rush on October 06, 2010, 09:24 AM
Christopher Pike's The Last Vampire series. I started writing my first vampire novel when I was in the tenth grade!  :dr
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Post by: RevellWriting on October 30, 2010, 06:40 AM
Harry Potter.
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Post by: lab on October 30, 2010, 10:17 AM
ah....so many of them.....Owl Moon, A Wrinkle in Time, A Little Princess, Cold Sassy Tree, Walden