Since I was young, I loved reading. With every year, I found more and different genres of books to read. When I was in university the whole world as a gigantic library opened up.
A horror story for me was that Twilight Zone episode of an old man with glasses who could never get time enough to read. The world ends and he's the only human left. He finds his way to the NY Library - 'time enough to read!' then he trips breaking his glasses and has no way to read!
With reading the need to write grew exponentially, regardless of publication. But that is my goal anyway.