That's a toughie. I can read a newspaper and be inspired. But, in the main, I like stories with a difference. Example. I hate romance stories but, there was a writer I came across when I was young called F.J. Thwaits. He wrote romance but, I was drawn to his books because he took his people in such depths of dispair before the happy ending that I would read them just to see how low he could take them. Another book I read, "Sally's in the Alley" Was so good that I decided that I wanted to write stories like that.
Any topic of intrest, current affairs, history, poems of other writers... anything. Of late I am using drawings and photos of other people to inspire me.
I guess if I had to present a genre of writing that has inspiried me all my life it would have to be action/adventure with a touch of romance stories. I love the greats: 'Gone With The Wind', 'Dances with Wolves', Wilbur Smith stories, John Grisham, and a host of other great authors. Two fabulous USA authors to read are Flo Fitzpatrick and Micqui Miller, both have novels heading towards movie productions.
Hmmm. Thoughtful and exact writing inspires me, along with imagery that is subtle and able to quietly and unself-conscioulsly take me into another world. Engagement with words is a dance.
Any well written piece of literature will inspire me to write.
Right now I am reading the Seth books, by Jane Roberts. I find these inspiring. In the past, I have sometimes found literary biographies inspiring.
Lyrics to songs inspire me, or other poetry. Sometimes I get sharp ideas from reading biographies or hardship stories.
Pretty much anything, my mind is very strange, I was researching this town that the college I plan to transfer to is located in, and I was looking at the population and wound up with a story idea based off of the population... you'll have to check that out when I write it, it's really neat it involves the Aurora Borealis and immortals and I probably should start writing it but I have a billion ideas floating about at once right now.
Probably one of my biggest inspirations is day dreams and occasionally real life; One of the 4 projects I have going currently is writing down some of the hilarious stories involving my family: (one of which involves my uncles, my grandmother, and an alligator in a tub)
I love fiction and fantasy mainly. Harry Potter, The Saga of Darren Shan, The Wind on Fire series, They're all really good books and are the kind of genre that I like to write in. Of course my life can also help! If I'm stuck for a character, I'll look at the people around me in my life and build them up, change them, until they're perfect!
Stories that beautifully expand a metaphor are terrific. When an author ties together narrative, theme and character...that's nice.
Mostly newspapers, articles in magazines, television reports, and of course articles on Google. Also I listen and engage in connversations with people and hear what they are saying. They represent reality!
Other mystery writers such as P D James, Elizabeth George, Lynda La Plante, all of whom write wonderful plots. I also love to read newspapers regarding murders etc. I prefer books that propel me forward - the best way to keep a reader interested in a mystery plot.
Good literary fiction always inspires me. A great sentence that grabs holds and stays with me is my true inspiration.
Fun things and things that are creative. Lately it has ben the Dark Series by Christine Feehan as I didn't know this genra of books existed and it has gottn me to have fun with my stories again!
Often newspapers or a story that I relate to which inspires a particular voice to resonate inside my mind.
When there is a situation where someone is put in a perilous situation just by being in the wrong place at the right time.
Then there are two female characters (different projects) where they have put themselves in jeopardy because of their beliefs - their life choices. The projects by the way are: White Man's Burden and Persistent of Vision.