I get my inspiration from almost anything I read. But I believe the greatest stories comes from within yourself of from something you yourself has experienced.
I'll read everything from the nutrition label on the coffee can to WAR AND PEACE. All kinds of writing have value, and they can all provide inspiration. I was once inspired to write a play based on something that happened to me in the grocery checkout line. Inspiration is everywhere, if you're willing to open your eyes and look.
When I read a romantic story. Or sometimes a piece of historical literature.
I admit, I'm easily swayed by the writing styles of other authors. That's why, if I happen to be beta-reading a manuscript where the writing is stylistically weak, I try not to sit down and write my own work immediately afterwards. Often, I'll pick up a novel by a stellar author like Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, or any number of talented Canadian authors. David Lodge rocks my socks as well. Reading witty, academic fiction, and writerly prose helps me re-calibrate before returning to my own work.
Usually something I disagree with! I am a great writer of ripostes.
Nonfiction, I also often watch movies to get in the mood, especially when drastically switching genres in a less than organic way.
Fiction. That's it, really!
When I'm reading it with deep feeling or take the character's characteristics.
inspirational themes...I love the unexpected hero. When someone discovers that their true purpose was not one they could have ever imagined.
I read travel guides and books that inspire adventure travel. As recent examples, I enjoyed Mission Mongolia by David Treanor and The Elephanta Suite by Paul Theroux. Although outside of travel, i enjoy books by Raymond E Feist. Through past work, (goverment work), I have been encouraged to read works about international affairs, politics and terrorism. I left that job to persue my true passions, concentrating on the happier side of travel.
I have enough story ideas to last forever because every day incidents inspire me. There have always been social ills. As a child I had many issues besides race. I was overweight, product of a single parent household and poor. When I read about children being bullied, abused, or otherwise, I can't wait to have them read about my characters and their solutions to the same problems.
no reading inspires me but i can hear a song and write a book about that based on some of the lyrics
None specifically. Maybe The Twilight Saga and those few readings that made me cry. I love readings that you can relate to real life.
I'd say current events more than actual READING inspire me to write; although the works of Susan Howatch, Mark Z. Danielewski and Anne Rice have each directly influenced the way I think about getting the story from my mind to the minds of my readers. Howatch and Rice have that SAGA shit on LOCK; Mark Z is in a class by himself. I am just not worthy!!!
I'm not inspired by reading... but by people. There is one man who just seems to get my Creative juices flowing and I get alot of my inspiration from him.