You know, that book that, after you read it, made you want to become a writer. Made you say, “I want to do that.” And maybe without even realizing it, that book changed everything. You knew there was no going back.
Mine was Dune by Frank Herbert. I read it when I was 14. And I read it once a year. Of course, I’ve read the others in the saga, but the first one is, in my opinion, by far the best.
Dune made me fall in love with stories. As cheesy as it sounds, it felt like magic. For the first time I understood that words can, indeed, affect us more than reality itself. And I wanted to make people feel. More than anything, I wanted to make people feel with the same intensity that Dune made me feel. Strangely connected to a world I didn’t belong to. A world that didn’t exist.
Before outlines, first drafts, edits, deadlines, and audiences, I bet there was one book that changed everything. That one story that made you consider the possibility of becoming a writer. What was it?