Reading newspapers really gets me fired up. That old cliche about truth being stronger than fiction sticks for a reason.
Science Fiction, Fantasy, Supernatural stories - the kind that just take me on a wild ride, so to speak. I love evocative and daring flights of fantasy that stir me up both emotionally and imaginatively.
Reading does not inspire me to write. Reading is something I do when I don't feel like writing. My inspirations come from life.
When I read true stories from history I think about the people and personalities behind the facts and want to delve deeper. What were their thoughts, loves, and passions? Also, Bible reading and study brings many precepts to explore in a good story. It is the best seller of all time after all.
It's actually not other books that inspire me to write. What actually urges me to create something, is my favorite kind of music. Some kinds of music just make me want to go out and do something awesome!
Although I don't read other material much, success stories are very interesting. I try to learn from other peoples success stories.
I enjoy a variety of reading, from magazines to full length books. I have several novelists I enjoy because, I suppose I have a predisposition from past experiences that I have an exciting read in store. If I were a name dropper, I guess I'd mention Michael Palmer.
I don't think reading inspires me. It's many times the "what ifs" that pop into my thoughts. I don't read as much as I did in the past. I tend to read books in the genre I'm writing in so, when I'm engrossed in writing I read very little for fear of that subconcious 'plagerizing'. One thing I found a must. I carry a small spiral notepad with me at all times. If I overhear a phrase, or catch an interesting word or two I make a note. Watching television, sometimes court scenes, or investigations is great fodder for a writer.
I don't like to read before writing. I don't want to let other peoples writing influence my own writing style to the point where they say, "He's just trying to be another ???". I have my favorite authors but I also have my own style and I want to keep it that way.
Beautiful language and descriptive imagery: Fitzgerald, Calvino, Chabon, and the New York Times staff.
Anything that's well-written. Even a simple children's book with six words on a page can tickle me if it's cleverly done.
When you study geography it's like peeling a banana. You try to reveal anything that's hidden and you do alot of research. When you find something unique, thats your book.
While reading the Bible, it contains a narrative of the gold trade that fascinated me. Everyone wanted it and warnings were written not to be consumed by it.
Also, my study of Saudi Arabia and it secrets inspired this book is like a missing link being exposed so you just have to find out about it and discover its deep, dark secrets.
Reading about True stories inspires me to write
I'm inspired by fantasy with a unique twist on traditional concepts.
I read mysteries, other fiction, nonfiction, the newspaper and all of these plus life provide fodder for writing.
Usually if I have an idea about a story, I will read something which is similar to give me some inspiration for what I am going to be creating. Such as, if I am going to be writing splatter or horror fiction, I will read a related author...