Teachers inspired me to write in high school and the university level. They also inspired me to teach writing and editing to the next generation - a generation that boths awes and worries me.
Without this inspiration, I would not have pursued writing at all since the process is at times less than fun. I have a love-hate relationship with words as I try to bend them to my will in some moments and then just let them flow. When it flows, that's the love part.