That depends. I read for enjoyment. Sometimes, something jumps out at me and ideas will begin to form in my head. It could be a newspaper article, a poem or a novel. It may even be a blog entry. You just never know. When ideas do hit me, I write on Index cards and stick them in my little "Idea Box" for later use.
I still espouse the classics. They are the classics for a reason, and I feel strongly about looking at the best as the motivation to try to also write my best. And I preach what I practice. I facilitate writers' workshops sponsored by The Palm Beach County Library System, and classical literature is the foundation for almost every aspect of my syllabus material.
Not necessarily what has been read but what stands out from what has been read.
I tend to read nonfiction, not in order to provide any inspiration, but to bring up the ground state of words and images. Travel or, perhaps we could say, "locus" books are favorites, including Peter Ackroyd's LONDON: A BIOGRAPHY and Kenneth Jackson's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEW YORK CITY.
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Most types of reading inspire me as I have always believed that by and large all reading is good and can contribute something to our stock of knowledge even if it doesn't spark our creativity in its own right. Sometimes of course it does - in my case it tends to come from reading around the news and topics which for one reason or another interest me at the time. I am also an inveterate cross-referencer - once something you have read strikes a small spark, cross-referencing often fans it into an actual flame.
I have read all kinds of things, from James Herbert to autobiographies. It's not the stories that inspire me to write, it's the style or ideas within. I'm a very visual person, so watching TV or movies inspires me more than reading.
Photos inspire me to write, other reading is more for my own pleasure.
I enjoy reading inspirational writings but I also enjoy mystery and comedy! I am inspired by life's events actually; the resiliency of the human spirit and that is the stories reflected in Healing Heartaches.
I like to read books that have some sort of a connection to my life. Books that have deep meanings that I can branch my own ideas off of. My personality and lifestyle is more of the "woodsey" type. I like to hunt, fish, and just be with nature. My hobbies of training dogs, dog sledding, reading, and writing also give way to some inspiration. There is also a side of me that likes to read what is very forgien to me. Books on other peoples lives that makes me think. I like to imagine myself in other peoples shoes so it gives me a better understanding of what life is like in someone else's eyes.
Everything inspires me on some level.
Daily happenings mostly. The love stories I write come from deep within while my blog articles are based on my own experience and what is current in the news.
History on occasion,loss and lack of love,the long hours of sleepless nights and the morning after,addiction,astral projection,dreams,mental depth and anything that falls close to these lines
not exactly. but, gender, politic, social life, humanity, religion, n maybe about love is very interesting.