The Catalyst For My Writing Aspirations

I have always taken it for granted that for every author, whether published or unpublished, there is one specific book read during their childhood that planted the seed which would eventually grow into the desire to be a storyteller. I know that I can trace the beginning of my own journey to becoming an author to a book I first read when I was just seven years old. From that moment, reading and writing became my principal hobbies while growing up, though it has to be said that being born into poverty meant I couldn’t afford to do much else.

GraphicThe book in question was The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. That probably won’t come as too much of a surprise to those of you are from my generation, as it’s hard to think of another children’s fantasy book that has been quite as influential. In fact, I’m sure many of you will understand why the seven year old me stepped into my bedroom wardrobe in a futile attempt to visit Narnia, because of my love for the book. You may not want to admit to it openly now you’re an adult, but many of you surely must have done the same when you were children.

It’s not really necessary to go into why Lewis’ classic has had such a profound and lasting effect on my life (that’s not the point of this post), but I firmly believe that had I not read the book during my formative years I would not be pursuing the life of an author today. Come to think of it, I would almost certainly be a different person, too.

The Chinese philosopher Lao Tze is believed to have said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” With that in mind, it’s obvious to me that reading The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe was the first step on my road to becoming an author. It is my hope that one day my own writing will have the same inciting influence, prompting future generations of authors to pursue their calling.

 

I’m always curious to know what books are responsible for sparking the writing bug in other people, so if you are a writer (aspiring or published) feel free to leave your answer in the comment box below.

 

Thanks for reading,
Ian

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