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The "Spark" post topic for today is: What book made you realize that you were doomed to be a writer?
As a child, I read everything. I read so much everything that I can't even remember what I read. But the answer to this question is: The House at Pooh Corner, by A.A. Milne. Now, considering the many more impressive titles I could have thrown out there, like War and Peace or Ulysses, you might wonder, why this book? The answer is: I don't know.
What do I know is that I remember reading this book when I was around eight years old, and having the quite specific thought, I want to write books like this.
Perhaps it was the "In Which ...." chapter titles. Or maybe it was the tiddely-poms. Milne had a rhythm to his words that made his prose poetic. And he elicited feelings of wistfulness that made me long for my childhood, even though I was still in it! Whatever the reason, this was the book that gave me the writer bug.
Would love to hear your answers to the question.....