Fact based fiction or biographies, at this point in my life I'm more interested in non fiction then fiction. Real life is dramatic and poignant enough to me and I look for inspiration in other people's lives, their humor, drama and struggles.
Almost anything can give me an idea, from a story in the local paper to a non-fiction book to a good conversation.
The main book which inspires my writing is "Impro : Improvisation and the Theatre" by Keith Johnstone, as it has loads of practical advice for unleashing creativity by encouraging the acceptance and use of whatever the mind throws up.
I try to keep an original mind as an aspiring writer so I avoid reading as much as possible.
Fiction pieces such as novels, short stories and flashfic. Articles regarding stuff that interests me and non-fiction books on conspiracy, geeky science and supernatural stuffs.
Usually passionate writing works the best for me. Works that have very emotional style of writing that let readers to walk in a path through strong feelings and thoughts .
That sparks a light inside me!!
I really have to be honest: Anne Rice
Stupid cat jokes always beg for comment. Mostly anything in the daily news inspires some sort of rhetorical exchange. Recipes are good, too. One can frequently improve on any list of ingredients by adding something foul...or fowl, for that matter.
Reading about modern design inspires me to write about it.
I could go two ways with this. I like writing that hits a certain emotional point or engages the readers to really care and feel for the characters in the story. I like to feel the emotions my surrogate, book-world character is feeling and throw myself full force into the book. However, I also appreciate flow and style. Raymond Chandler is of particular interest to me as I find his words and his dialogue loaded with character, and I find his prose graceful and eloquent.
I don't know that any type of reading really inspires me to write, but I do enjoy reading a variety of books while I'm in the process of writing my own. It keeps me entertained during "down time", and it gives me an opportunity to see how other authors work with their craft.
I get inspired by authors who write stuff -- and dream up ideas -- that I wish I had, or could, come up with ... or who I think simply do it better than I can. For instance, I will always be a fan of Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. The idea of psychohistory was ingenious. I read the series before I learned that it began as a short story. I was blown away by the fact that each of the three books seemed to be of almost exactly the same length. (The amount of planning and discipline that caused this phenomenon seemed almost magical to me, whether it was or not.) Asimov also has a way of always staying one step ahead of the reader. Phillip K. Dick's fiction is another case in point.
I'm also inspired by great writing. Here are a few examples: Mark Twain's description, in Innocents Abroad, of a stage-coach trip he and his brother, Orion, took to the nascent Nevada territory; Hemingway's incredibly raw, powerful and real story of The Short Happy Life of Francis MacComber; James Clavel's brilliant novel, Shogun, which remained enthralling for 1400-plus pages!
I enjoy reading in a variety of genres and am inspired by so many authors. Some of my favorites are Nora Roberts, Edgar Alan Poe, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Charles Dickens, Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling and Lewis Carroll. One of my favorite books is To Kill A Mockingbird.