Longing to write a book but unsure if you're meant to do it? Our favorite authors share their wake-up calls—moments that you can look for in your own life.
By Leigh Newman and Abbe Wright
Have You Had a "Look Inward" Moment?
"When I was 13, I discovered journalism. I was painfully shy and I found that as a reporter I could have access into worlds where I felt I didn't truly belong, worlds of privilege. I had been writing all my professional life but it wasn't until I was well into middle age, about when I turned 40, that I was able to look inward and explore issues that really meant something to me personally. And I guess that's when I finally decided I wanted to become a real writer." — Jeannette Walls, The Silver Star