Good writing. The kind of stuff that draws you in and makes you forget where you are. Characters you can believe are real. Scenery you can touch and see and smell. Plots that really run! Themes designed to make you bleed or soar or that scare the hell out of you. Get the picture?
Heartfelt, human endurance, survival, misfits & under dogs, fantasy, macabra, unrequited love, metaphyics, historical, space, evolution, animals, sea life.
Anything really. It just depends on what kind of inspiration I need, but generally it comes from movies. If I want to be inspired to think about the writing process and how much work goes into it, I will watch Stranger than Fiction. If I am thinking about writing something more along the fantasy side, then I watch Lord of the Rings or Eragon.
Wow, good question.. Lately I find listening to Janis Joplin gets my creative juices flowing; something in the way she moved into another place when she was performing with such abandon that was so beautiful. As for what kind of reading gets me writing, I'd have to say anything that leaves room for me to enter into a relationship with the voice on the page, Joseph Campbell does that for me, as does Etgar Keret. Obviously, there are many others, but I could go on all day.
I read the news from England. They are a lot of interesting stories and I like English syntax much more than American syntax. Also, since every archtype of story in existence occurs in the Bible I use that as a starting point for many of my stories. And finally, I am often inspired by Japanese novels translated into English because the culture is so different many of the conventions appear new and original to me and that's how I want my writing to be.
Not so unusual that it cannot be understood, but just enough so that the reader can feel a little surprised and delighted by what is happening.
Anything I read as far as fiction goes, inspires me to write. My philosophy is from every printed page, I can glean something from it that gets my muse working and I can expound upon an idea I read or I can get a fresh idea from the writing. I've never had writer's block. I don't believe in it and refuse to believe in it. I think every blank page is an opportunity and every printed page is also one. A story idea can come from the ashes of anything.
Reading books on writing, however, also does it for me. Watching movies also inspires my muse.
Writing inspires me to write. But I do read a serious book on writing about every three months. These books inspire me to improve my skills.
Real story with emotions and honesty - books that take me into a trip that I believe like The Kite Runner
I like writing that goes outside the normal conventions. Whether it be Ellen Hopkins and her poetry novels, or Mark Z. Danielewski and his story constructs using the text itself as art.
Storytelling should be innovative, as every story at this pint in human history is simply a re-shuffling of older stories in a way. So when I see something innovative, I want to be equally innovative.
I am inspired by every form of non-fiction writing. Astrophysics, neuroscience, genetics, quantum theory, geopolitics, political philosophy, literary theory... every branch of knowledge kickstarts my thinking process .
Mostly philosophical writings or just anything that moves me or just makes me reflect.
I'm drawn to many things, no matter the genre I love all things that builds you higher than you were before. I'm a survivor of a ten year domestic violent relationship and I'm using my life and experiences in Betrayed By Love ~ Empowered By Life as a way to save and help others.
Good writing inspires me to write. If I read a good book, I want to get to work on my own projects right away. It doesn't matter what kind of a book it is - YA, children's, biography, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy... you get the picture. If it's well-written, I want to take that experience and inject it into my own work.
I'm inspired by nonfiction books, even though it's not the current genre I have published. It fascinates me that there are so many stories that sound fictitious but are 100% reality. Also, nonfiction helps me better understand the world around me so I can bring out that world to the fiction reader.
Anything can inspire me to write: an item in our local newspaper, a person interviewed on the radio, someone I see on the TV News at night. I could pick up a book because I like the title and the blurb might set me going. I particularly like talking with older people and something from their past might also get me writing, or flesh out an idea I already have.