Any type of reading can inspire my muse. It mainly depends on my mood at that present time. I often visit sites that have prompts or contests that help me decide on what to write. This really helps to battle writer's block, which I have dubbed my arch nemesis.
For example, if I'm hoping to work on my novel, I browse the net for free romance reads, or bury myself in a good book. I keep an eye out for certain phrases which might help me gain a new train of thought to move my work forward.
If I'm in the blogging mode, I simply think of what I'd like to get off my mind. I try to keep a healthy balance between professional and personal.
For those days when I need to advertise my name, I visit the sites I write for and see what others are working on. I also read through my emails since I receive multiple newsletters on various topics like writing, freelancing, parenting, exercising, and the like. Often times, one specific sentence can fuel a whole article or more.
I also try to focus on the upcoming holidays and peruse the classified and advertisements for local events occuring.
Poetry, plays - mostly Shakespeare and Shaw - the writings of Naguib Mahfouz. I actually prefer reading essays or biographies, which I tend to find inspiring and helpful to motivate me, but for creative inspiration, it usually comes from poetry and plays, occasionally movies and quite often from the writing on tv shows, which lately happens to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 30 Rock.
I admire anyone who can write copy that makes you think. This could be in the form of a novel, guidebook or even a child's poem. In turn, I try and think of something that most recently inspired me when I myself are writing.
I am a huge fan of Clive Barker, and Robert McCammon.
All kinds. I'm an avid reader.
When it comes to reading, I'm open to most genres. Normally, and I absolutely dispise this, I never can find enough time to just sit down and enjoy a good book. Although, I do seem to leaf through plenty of magazines. If I had to choose specifics, i would choose a horror anthology.
Usually my ideas don't come from what I've read. My stories are ones that I've never read. For example, I had never read a horror based Easter story. So, I wrote my own. It was called "The Horrors of Easter," and it ended up in Suspense Magazine.
anything that has an ending of realization of what's good and what's not... i like the story that ends in good terms... there need not be happy-endings, but if the story is ending i like it when it ends in betterment of at least the situations the characters were in... that inspires me not just to write but also to adapt to certain situations in real life ... :)
There are really two answers to this question. The first answer is "terrible writing." If I read something truly awful I feel compelled to go and "do it better." The second answer is "brilliant writing." If I read something really good, I think about why it was so good and try to apply that information.
Reading other books does not inspire me to write. Life events and setting up clues to solve mysteries challenges me. The Jessica Fletcher character on Murder She Wrote is somewhat an inspiration.
I'm not sure reading inspires me to write. It's usually something I hear or see that captures my imagination while I'm just doing routine things. It'll stay with me, and when I sit down to write, I focus on whatever it is, and see what comes up. I think the thing that improves my writing most is reading poetry, even though I'm not a poet.
The type of read that gets me ready to write is life and what I see around me!
All which has a direct influence on society.
I believe every author should be an avid reader. It's great to connect with other authors and read their work, and I must say the community of writers is like a big family - very loving and very supportive.
Also, when you work with words it's important to be pretty eclectic and expose yourself to new influences and ideas. It keeps your vocabulary fresh and growing, it's a source of new ideas, and it encourages you to keep writing.
My favorite authors are Marian Keys, Emily Giffin, Simona Sparaco and John Grisham. I love and admire the way they build their stories and work with the language.
Anything. Not only books, but sometimes movies, games, or something that I saw on the street
To be honest, I don't read.