Fantasy writing helps me the most. Also movies based on books can help me get inspiration.
Current events, perhaps those little items that are not 'big' news. Violence, accidents, drugs, crime etc, in my opinion, are stressed too much so I tend to ignore them. Radical groups such as 'greenies' , sporting and other 'personalities' also bore me. I prefer ordinary people and events and scientific achievements.
Science magazines such as New Scientist. These are particularly good for science fiction ideas.
None I am not reading no ones Art to do what i do My Art is inspirational come from my soul or by words
My initial inspiration came from the series of books by Robert Ardrey during the 1960s, I had, as an inventive engineer run full tilt into the Australian Tall Poppy Syndrome whereby technical innovators are treated so badly that they go overseas leaving Australia a technology free zone and the people with a somewhat unintelligent reputation. Robert's series of books gave me an understanding that my problems were very much involved with culture, notably the culture of Australians and also the culture of the British migrants resident in Australia who very obviously had the wood on the Australians, cultures are like sporting teams and get the wood on each other.
I particularly read any books by rebel priests as they often illustrate the culture locking methodology of the religions and I can perceive the dreadful problems presented to culture lockers by the modern trend of educating the women who then stop making fundamentalists of their children, the modern decline of religion is caused by a decline in the fundamentalist supply, without a good supply of new fundamentalists religion dies and the British lose their colonies. Very inspirational reading for me.
Reading other work does not inspire me to write.
It doesn't - reading while writing gets in the way: other writer's styles confuse and distract;
There are so many books I read that almost put me off the process of writing because I know I can't do what other authors do anywhere near as well. Then, as I slink away from my desk, a new idea pounces on me and I think I'll give up this business because I'm really not good enough, but after I've worked on this idea. Yep. For sure I'll give the game away then.
Conflict based, conspiratorial, political or legal issues inspire me to some extent but for the book "With Malice and Forethought" my personal situation drove me to search for a means of release that might be cathartic, that might allow me to get rid of my own personal demons. I have a lot of "baggage" from my weapons development and border "visitation" days in South Africa when I worked for the military.
Mostly any novels although I was greatly inspired by historical books about Napoleon.
mostly concerning animals, I try to research history of all animals, and combine it into a story.
Anything intelligent. It can be comedy or serious, fantasy or reality. Good style appeals to me and will keep me reading, even if I am not particularly interested in the subject.
Whenever anyone can suck me into their story and make me lose sleep thinking about their characters and what is going to happen next, it inspires me to want to duplicate that feeling in my writing for others.
Just about anything I read -- from gardening books to novels -- can inspire me or give me an idea of what I want to write about. Even the 6 o'clock news is usually full of potential subjects to write about...
Poetry...poetry....poetry! Dreams inspire me to write also. I find that my writing reflects my dream world.