This is an interesting question.
Reading The Outsiders by S.E Hinton at age 12 catapulted my writing. I think being a writer goes deeper than connecting with a certain story. That connection alone makes us a reader.
I think there are two main reasons why I write. The first is letting my imagination run wild is just fun, an escape, the greatest high for me. When I was little it started with playing pretend. In grade school, I was bullied a lot. I couldn’t wait to come home and pretend to be somebody else, with some other life.
Another reason, I write to explore things that I don’t understand. When I was a kid, I played with a boy named Joey. He had a beautiful dirt-streaked face and wore the same tattered clothes all the time. He lived next-door to my grandmother. It was a third and fourth-grade friendship. Although he never even he