I sat upon the chair in my room, returning after my older brother had handed me a large, weighty tome. I stared intently at the cover. V for Vendetta. It sounded like the title for a bad action/drama movie. Leafing through the pages, I noticed it was a comic book. But it had weight and depth, like a novel. Reclining in my uncomfortable seat, I opened to the beginning and read. And read. And read. I finished the graphic novel within the span of an hour. Then I went back to the beginning and re-read it, focusing deeply on each and every aspect. I studied the rich, full character of anarchist V, the profound setting of dystopian, fascist England, and the epic plot underlining the importance of freedom and the evils of oppression. I studied the graphic novel, taking care to note each intricacy and detail.
I slammed it shut and dropped it upon my desk with a loud thud. I turned behind me, grabbed an empty journal and wrote. I wrote until my eyelids dropped, my hands became sore, and my legs ached for movement. Something had been unlocked within me, a talent I had always noticed, but never pursued. As a young boy, I spent much of my free time writing stories about adventuring heroes and the twisted villains they faced, about the interaction between fully fleshed-out characters in vast, open worlds, where every choice mattered. But, just as suddenly as it approached, it vanished, doomed, perhaps, to be eternally locked within my subconscious. That fateful day, however, when I picked up that graphic novel, flames roared inside of me. This desire to let my creative mind speak had been unlocked once more by a wizard of words, Alan Moore. This quiet, reserved Englishman unleashed within me a talent I had long forgotten. I continued to write throughout the night and well into the next day. I took my journal to school and wrote whenever I could. Every time I happened upon a new idea, I furiously scribbled it into my journal. V for Vendetta, a discussion about freedom through chaos, awakened within me a love for writing, of creating entire universes with the power of my mind.
To this day, Alan Moore and V for Vendetta inspire me to pursue this passion, to never stop writing, and to let my mind flow free. This experience influenced my passions and goals greatly. Whereas before I was unsure of my desires, unsure of the future, the simple experience of reading that graphic novel awoke within me a craving of writing. My goals are now set upon putting my newly-roused talent to use. Creating new worlds has become my passion. I am happiest now when I can write. It matters little what I do, as long as I can pursue my love of writing. And through that love, I have and continue to create new worlds. To this day, I have yet to set my journal down.