Almost anything I read inspires me to write, from other authors' novels to magazine articles to newspaper columns. There's a story in everything; you just have to dig it out.
Recently I read a novel about a writer who was being hunted by an enemy. This encouraged me to plot out a novella I'd been thinking about for many months, one that involves a small group of writers. Though the storyline is very different, reading the other book did help to spark my interest again in my plot.
Richelle Mead is a huge inspiration of mine, it's near impossible for me to read Vampire Academy and not want to write.
I read a lot of stuff that's aimed at the same audience as I am, or in the same genre. So, lots of teen fantasy series like Harry Potter, and His Dark Materials, and fantasy authors like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
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i'm more inspired by music than reading. i think it's a fear of using someone else's voice when i write. however, i do find jk rowling's "harry potter" books inspirational as far as detail & dialogue go. steve martin & hugh laurie both make me wish i could write better than i do, it's not inspiration, it's more "motivation".
I'm a visual person, descriptive writing that engages all the senses and stirs the emotions.
Real life stories that talk about the overcoming a a difficult circumstance. Some fictional stories gives me inspiration as well. But mainly reading about real people faced with real challenges.
Honesty and purity.
I read mysteries and business books. I think autobiographies of many of the world's leaders really inspire a lot in me. I love to see people overcome and get their view of how they did it.
Someone's blog, a good book, or a great idea in an average book. Anything. It could be something that happened to me or in front of me, or something I watched, or someone's reaction to something.
Anything could trigger an idea. The idea is to grab it then and there and write it down...
Obviously, good writing. But what makes good writing? Something thought-provoking. Entertaining. Informative. The best writing is written by those who have lived life, created their own opinions on it, and still find room for humor (be it with the world or internally). I love a well-crafted book with good wording. Reading something wonderful makes my neurons fire and sparks some of my best creative work.
Reading the Bible inspires me to write most, I guess, because that where my core inspiration comes from. Also, reading other non-fiction, Christian or secular, can provoke a thought that needs to turn into a blog or be inserted into a book chapter. Any written record of life or opinion is enough to send me to the computer.
I am inspired by self-help books. These writings often give me the boost I need to continue writing books that I hope will encourage a reader to strive for a healthier, happier life.
I donít have anything in specific, everything inspires me. It can be an older couple holding hands, a babyís cry, my children, a quote, a song. It's all the same to me.