Pretty much anything. Anything that takes itself too seriously. There's always an element of the absurd, even in the most serious moving pieces of literature.
Classic novels and poets, the Bible, especially when it's preached well.
The type of readong that inspires me to write has to be provoking. Something that will have my mind wondering even after I close the book. Inspiration to me comes from the way that thw words are used and what I see in my mind as I read. I want to envision color when I read, passion, and something that I can hear music in my mind. I want to feel words.
Writing that engages me regardless of whether it's fiction or non-fiction.
Writing that doesn't use too much jargon and doesn't treat me like an idiot. Writing that doesn't trigger my internal editor :O) -it's hard to read when that happens.
Writing that is passionate and true to the subject.
My favorite novels are about vampires, werewolves and anything out of the ordinary. Mix that with a little bit of historical reference and that for me is inspiration. I think maybe because it's something I would like to experience, but it isn't real so that will never happen. That's what makes it exciting.
I find what inspires me most is watching the news and seeing some of the ridiculous things those in the public say. I wonder if they realize how they sound?
One example of a recent piece I wrote was inspired by something Nancy Pelosi said. She quoted her "favorite Bible scripture" which is not found in the
Bible...I couldn't pass that up. Inspirations comes from many sources.
Again, reading good writing is inspirational and can rub off on you. Reading bad writing can be catching--like the flu.
Anything I consider inspirational. That could be anything from a ridiculous romance novel, to a biography on a Duchess who lived this many years ago. No lie.
Historical fiction, horror, mysteries, and science fiction.
Inspiration comes form a number of places, but when I'm reading anything I will consider the topics and whether they are relevant to my current work in progress. Most of my inspiration comes from the world around me, particularly my children.
Canīt exactly tell you what type as there are a number of great writers that inspire me. I love reading all type of genres and looking at the type of styles as well. Anne Rice has a wonderful way of creating her characters and how she slowly drags you into her world.
Some of my first models were Alan Lightman, John O'Hara, and Ray Bradbury. Right now I'm terribly impressed by Gide, DeLillo, and Graham Green.
I find bad writing particularly inspirational - when you see people who are really bad, but they're actually struggling through the process, and ending up published, or getting their work out in some way.
I try not to write in the genre i'm reading - one ends up copying the people you read.
There's no clear-cut type of reading that inspires me, except bad writing usually doesn't inspire me. However, DH Lawrence's prose and verse, Whitman's poetry, and Robert Frost constantly arouse my ears to their lyricism. Even Kafka isn't necessarily lyrical, but his short stories seem like a kind of grainy dream, which gives me lots of ideas in writing.
Hard to say.
If a book is really good, I'd rather read than write. And the excellent stuff? I say, wtf, why should I bother writing my trash when this exists? If it's crummy, I'm worried I might be catching the bad writing habits.
I guess reading my crit partners' notes on my stuff inspires me.