The reason I am so addicted to reading is because I spent a lot of my childhood and teenage years grounded to the house. When I was grounded, the only thing I was allowed to do was my homework and read.
Ah, the magic word, read. I read, a lot. Book after book. I wasn't allowed to go out and play when I was in trouble, but I was allowed to read. I have to thank my parents for that punishment. It got me out of the house anyway. I went on magical journeys, I helped solve mystery cases, I was in the midst of terrible horrors. I could go anywhere and be anyone while I was trapped in a book. When I say trapped, I mean that as a good thing. I was trapped in worlds that I could never dream up. It gave me an imagination and the drive to write my own stories like I so often do on here. I write because it makes me free. Freedom is a wonderful feeling.
If you don't know what it's like to get invested in a book like I mentioned in the first chapter, you aren't reading the right stories. Maybe you enjoy horror novels, read Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk or Dean Koontz. They are all fairly great writers. I have to say, once you step into their minds, your entire way of thinking will change.
I'm sure you've heard of Fight Club in one way or another even though people aren't supposed to talk about it, they like breaking the first two rules. Chuck Palahniuk is the mastermind behind it. He's also got several other novels that surpass Fight Club in a disturbing nature. His mind is one that I would love to venture into and see how he comes up with his ideas and why he writes what he writes. His mind is so wonderful already based on his novels. It's a colorful world of monsters, well, sort of, and very vivid descriptions that will make the hair on your arms stand up straight.
The same goes for Stephen King, he's more mellow, in my opinion than Mr. Palahniuk, but it's as disturbing as ever and I absolutely love it. If there were one person on the planet I would love to have a brain storming session with, it would be Stephen King. I aspire to be just like him as a writer, only toned down, not horrid stories.
Like I've mentioned, I want to be a teen fiction writer. I want to appeal to young adults and leave them wanting more out of my stories. I don't want to write things that are going to disturb them to the point they don't want to read anymore, but I want to make them think. To think about the world in a different way than they were taught. Maybe make them believe in the supernatural or even the power of reading.
I can't stress enough the importance books play in my life. Without books, I would be so boring and I wouldn't have much of a life. I love the adventures books take me on and I would never, ever trade books for a million dollars. They are that important to me. A book to me is worth more than its weight in gold.