"People are hungry for stories. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality. It goes from one generation to another."The man was a literary giant, and I remember sitting in the corners of concrete-lined stairwells in between college and university classes cramming his work so that I could somehow absorb even a sliver of his writing style. Sure, I was dreaming, but the dream of telling stories that outlive us lives at the core of everyone who writes.
This creative thing is powerful. And I've had great mentors, even if I never had the privilege of meeting all of them.