Good poetry, but also anything with strong, clear emotion behind it.
Well, travel writing, guidebooks, nonfiction inspires me to travel. When I travel, then I am inspired to write. A circular process!
I believe a true writer finds his stories within him/herself and not from other peoples stories.
An extremely exciting news artical. Sometimes it's something i've witnessed happening.
I read a lot of technical papers, science journals, articles, books and blogs. These trigger subjects that I want to explore further.
It varies. I usually am reading 2-3 books at a time and I don't know what inspires me.
Two types. The first is the kind that's so good it excites you, makes you think, raises questions in your mind that you have to answer for yourself.
The second is the bad type, where you say "I could do better than that. There's so much to say about that subject and this guy left it unsaid. I've got to do something about that."
Much more of a simple answer: All writing does.
The works of Ray Bradbury, H.G. Wells, E.O. Wilson and Kurt Vonnegut always get my juices flowing.
In fiction, people like Richard Russo. In nonfiction, Tracy Kidder and others who write literary journalism.
Since my stroke, I have difficulty reading so my inspiration comes mostly from memory.
Any and all good work inspires me. I can be inspired by something as simple as a photo or a gravestone, or something as complex as an epic series of novels. I often find myself examining the work of others even as I enjoy it for recreation. I believe a good writer must also be a prolific reader.
All of my reading inspires me. Writing does not come easily to me so I'm inspired by anyone who sits down and does it, published or unpublished.
For the longest time it was anything by Tennessee Williams. Lately, I haven't been reading like I should except for the odd Stephen King novel. Sometimes I'll get some books from the library with the intention of motivating me, but the last batch hasn't done much except entertain the new kitten we have running around the house.
Too personal writing like autobiographies.