I touched on this a bit in my first answer. Anything by King or Koontz inspires me to write. Some other novels that really inspired me were Beardless Warriors by Richard Matheson and The Legend of Baggar Vance by Steven Pressfield.
there have been many
I read almost anything - anything but sex and shopping. I write what I like to read, and that includes literary fiction, F, SF, murder, children's books...
K.C.Constantine, a murder mystery writer whose work is set in the rust belt of Pennsylvania, writes like an absolute angel: his command of demotic language is incredible. I can hear the words in my head when I read him. He's a better sociologist than most sociologists, better literary writer than most literary writers. He's a good reason for looking on genres as a cataloguing device rather than anything about a book.
Literary writing inspires me to improve my writing skills, but plot and great stories are the background of any successful endeavor. I love stories with an original plot, strong characters, but most of all INTENSITY is a must. This is almost always achieved through showing emotions, especially in the interaction of characters through their relationships. If done right, this can solicit awe in the reader. I will read anything showing this: literary, fantasy, horror, romance, etc.
Writers writing about writing often provokes trains of thought regarding my own writing which leads to further ideas. But, really, it can be any type of reading - depending on where my thoughts are focussed at the time of reading, what my preoccupations are regards my latest project. A single sentence in an otherwise turgid piece of prose can thus be epiphanic. A poem larded with errors can demonstrate to me exactly what is wrong with one of mine....
Simple answer is - reading inspires me to write.
my favorite author is Sidyney sheldon and his work inspires me to write and also inspirational christian books
Reading my favourite crime authors naturally, but also, things in the news, magazines etc. Inspiration is everywhere.
Autobiographies. Stream of Consciousness Writing - when it's the real deal. Anything by Charles Bukowski or Henry Miller puts me in the mood for sexy writing better than a lapdance. My own private literary Laptop dance!
Writing magazines, such as Writers' Forum, Writing Magazine, Writers' News, New Writer, Chimera, etc, as well as Travel Writers and poetry books.
I am a voracious reader of the news and history, so it is the stories that I see every day that inspire me. My books are, in many ways, taken from the front pages.
Newspapers, magazines, comics are all inspirations for ideas and what is worth writing especially from a human perspective. I always am drawn to perople stories rather than object stories as any good story is based on people and their trials and tribulations.
I love to read Love and Romance, Science Fiction, Psychology, Philosophy, Electronic and Science besides Classic Literatures.
As far as INSPIRATION is concerned, I do not wait for intuition or inspiration to arrive. Whatever intrigues me and I get the feeling of depth in it, I switch on my laptop and construct a story around it.
I am a creative writer and I craft and create a poem or a story.
So, when I am reading and I find a phrase or word, which draws my attention, I will take that and create a story or write a poem.
Usually its other screenplays that I like to read. Espicially from new writers. It lets me know that there are still dreamers in life today.
Adventure stories like James Michner's Adventures In Paradise.