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What type of reading inspires you to write?
 
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I am inspired by what happens to be going on in my own life on a day to day basis. I love self help books as they often give me fresh perspectives for characters I'm creating. I also like to read mysteries because I love the plotting and problem solving they present. Finally, I like to read books that involve personal journies. 


Reading a newspaper, news website, or news magazine often gives me information about (usually) some outrageous wrong that needs to be righted. It's one of the most satisfying feelings to be a part of the force that succeeds in making bad decisions - like removing wolves from the Endangered Species List - be retracted or revised to a more logical form. 


Science fiction and fantasy. But there have been times when a newspaper article or an article in a science journal or anthropology/archeology magazine has inspired an idea. 


Any good writing, either fiction or nonfiction, that either forces me to read straight through from beginning to end or leaves me thinking about the book long after I reach The End inspires me to want to write. 


Reading seldom inspires me to write, except in the negative way. The political system, the educational system inspire me to write for change. So it keeps me fueled. Reading is now a salve for busy days and it is mostly a wonderful pleasure to read. 


Live performances inspire me to write. I guess it's more of a 'read the world' situation, but watching other people perform music or dance, plays, even watching a really good movie, those are inspiring experiences for me. I don't feel inspired to learn how to play the guitar or become an actor, though, I feel inspired to write.

Other than that, most reading that I really enjoy inspires me to simply read more. I haven't ever set down a book and thought to myself, "I must write now, because that was so good." I just don't have that reaction from the act of reading; when I am writing, I may think back to certain authors and hope that I can hit the mark and be even 1/10th as good as them.
 


Anything good. A sentence like "She gave him a look you could pour over a waffle"*; a sequence like Levin helping his serfs with the harvest**; a character like Elliott Templeton.**


* Ring Lardner
** Tolstoy
*** Maugham
 


Research spurs me to write fiction. If I read about a certain event or time I immediately start thinking what it must have been like for people living through it. The ideas come to me faster than I can write them down.

Usually I feel inspired to write inspirational writing after journaling and reading the Scriptures. This time of introspection gives me insights to share with other pilgrims.
 


Anything. 


Sometimes a news article can inspire me. But mostly it's writers who create magic with words. They're the one who really get to me. They make words seem new, like you've never heard your own language before. 


It could be anything but news and movies affect me more. 


Inspirational reading inspires me to write. 


Good history and great characterization. 


A great novel or poem. Also short fiction. 


Fiction and nonfiction works about success and failure. 



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