Someone asked me when I knew I wanted to write. Sigh. To answer, back in the fifth grade. My first story should have been a tip off. I don't remember much about it other than it ended with the protagonist being cut in half with a buzz saw. I also seem to remember something about "a fine mist of red filled the air". I also remember my brother reading it, putting down the looseleaf paper, and giving me an odd look.
Today that kind of writing would have had me ending up in some counselor's office. I probably would have been kicked out of school. Especially since I would occasionally write something about my Algebra teacher:
"'Where am I?' she asked, waking. I grinned and responded: 'Oh, someplace where you can scream and scream and no one will be able to hear you.'"
In fifth grade, one's writing isn't quite polished and the stories tend to be a bit unoriginal. Often they include characters from favorite comic books and television shows. Occasionally, they also might have included an illustration or two.
I also seem to remember thinking how easy it would be to become a writer back then. Why shouldn't I? The stories I were reading often had writers as protagonists. Science fiction and horror for some reason has a good deal of wish fulfillment and narcissistic elements. In how many Stephen King stories is the main character a writer? In science fiction, the writer was always going off into space with the hot babe.
So...when did you want to be a writer? And I don't mean when did you start writing poetry? I mean real writing?