Over at Kill Zone, James Scott Bell asks the above question. I like James Scott Bell because his writing advice tries to accommodate all writers, not just ones who write a particular way. Here’s what he asks:
So when did you decide to become a writer? Was it a specific moment? A particular influence? And what did it feel like when you started on your quest?
I was eight and it was fourth grade. My best friend Rebekah was writing a class play, and I wanted to do it because she was doing it. So I decided I wanted to write a novel. My parents suggested I do short stories, so I started writing mystery stories with a girl detective like Nancy Drew. I even illustrated them, and part of the fun of them was socializing with the other kids over them. Some of the other kids also drew pictures for them. I remember one story had its own story behind it — a series of disasters like getting dropped into a puddle. That one had three different kids illustrate it!
When did you decide to become a writer? Tell me in the comments.