Poetry Short Stories, Spoken Word
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I have lately been exploring the parallels between science and human emotion in my verse, so when I read articles about new scientific research, I tend to get inspired to write.
History and philosophy generally; I tend to look at the folly of man and his efforts with a very jaded eye. Collective humanity has incredible potential - too bad that when given the choice, most opt for the easy way out: a decision that serves their immediate needs. Such is not a rational or even ethical way to look at or to conduct life; it is more the instinctive action of a hedonistic animal. History is replete with figures who lived only to satisfy their egotistical desires, three of them being lust, lucre, and power.
I read a lot of different things, from mainstream novels to New Age philosophy. I like inspiration stories and ways to open my eyes to all the possiblities in life. I recently read Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture" and found it to be a joyous proclamation of how much we should enjoy life.
I read Brock and Bodie Thoene's historical novels about Israel. Reading well written novels about characters I can identify with, is the impetus for my own creative side.
I believe in reading about the great writers more than their writing. I think it helps to understand how they lived and what they believed in, and that sheds more light on their writing than their writing itself. So, as you can believe, I'm a huge reader of biographies.
None that I can think of at the moment, a good inspiration comes without trying to come up with anything, it just hits you, and you go..hey! that would make a good title for a book or a script!
None, there isn't any reading that inspires to write because I stay away from such things because I don't want anyone else's stuff in my head when I begin to write. I don't want to get accused of plagarisim so I stay away from other people's works like it would be a plague of a sort.
During college the professor really drilled us on staying honest, creating our own work and keeping it that way, etc.
I don't find a need to read or listen or anything of the sort to create. If , for example, I find a need to write a story of two ants, or if I'm sittng in the kitchen and see two ants, I can write an intelligent story and make it belieable on those two ants.
I've been inspired by inspirational books, romance books and sometimes a poem or a song will inspire me to begin a story.
If I'm working on a novel of my own, I'll avoid reading the works of other writers while I'm at it. It's too easy to let another author's voice slip into your own writing somethings. Until my novel is finished, I'll stick to magazines like Discover or Fate. Lots of fodder for future stories in those suckers.
Reading does not inspire me to write...hearing and seeing does.
People like John C. Maxwell and Brian Tracy light a fire in me. It's an inspiration that gives me the confidence I need to express myself.
Oh, all kinds. Often it's the newspaper. I will see a story or even an photograph that moves me in some way and I will be compelled to write about it. I glean inspiration from most things; I am a voracious reader with eclectic taste.
I get my inspirations from instant messaging friends, from humorous books, from just seeing one or two words. I can picture situations that I can twist. A light in a car, such as 'change oil' has triggered more than one car story.