If I really like a story, and find an undeveloped charater, or want more of that character, but know they being getting more in the future, then I simply give them life and start to give them shape. Sort of like cutting the chicken out of a block of clay. My ceramics teacher in high school, Mr Gossi, always said, "The chicken is in there, you just have to take away whats not part of the chicken." Somehow my clay always ended up looking like Jabba the Hutt.
Visual writing. Details when the pace is slow, action when it's fast. Visceral action, where I can feel and think what the characters are going through. I guess the word is "engaging". I love well-written sci-fi as well as spiritual non-fiction.
I love characters with a past and try to let out backstory during the story.
It drives me crazy when writer's don't strive to get the punctuation right. Missing quotation marks missing commas when there should really be a breath there that drives me crazy (see what I mean?). I say, err on the side of too many commas when in doubt. Too few commas makes the text run in together.
Poets of excellence--the ones I already mentioned and others: Allen Ginsberg, Richard Brautigan, Marge Piercy, Andrew Hudgins, and more. Good fiction also inspires me: Hemmingway, Faulkner, John Steinbeck, John Gardner and others.
All different types of reading can do it. There's this moment during the reading of a book or magazine when I see a line and think, "wow, I wish that I had said it like that" and that's when I know I've been inspired.
Carson McCullers, Nelson Algren, Henry Miller and Anais Nin.
Any good writing.
I am interested in off-the-wall stories; stories that are truly unique and captivating. Character development is important. I am inspired to write without reading.
Reading GOOD WRITING inspires me to write, and the spectrum is as vast as it varied.
Of course I have my long list of favorite writers, but I am always on the quest- there are so many wonderful writers out there, both published and unpublished. Each time I think I have some genre nailed, some writer I have never heard pops up, most often in the body of a book I am reading, most often in its introduction or preface. I do read a good deal of literary critiques, which one hand I think is usually pretentious subjective dribble but it does offer the benefit of introducing new writers... So, it could be poetry, a novel, an essay, short story, an aphorism (Nietzsche is great for that!) these are all things that fall either into the category of things that make me think or feel on a deep level. But things that make me laugh inspire me as well so in addition to above list I would add things like a funny bumper sticker or label on a can of soup or newspaper
Pretty much non-fiction.
It is hard to pinpoint my reading to one artificially compartmentalized category. I read fiction and non fiction. I am inspired by the style and lucidity of edited articles from Reader's Digest. There are unsung writers writing technical issues about Perl and Server administration. The humor they bring to the mundane dry topics of technology is always inspiring. It is the treatment they mete out to any topic is what prods me to write.
I try not to read when I'm in the process of writing, but reading my favorites makes me want to write.
That varies a lot, but I would have to say realistic fiction.
I find myself more inclined to reading non-fiction.
Going to good plays, any dark Russian Novel.
Philosophical and religious books. I do not consider myself a religious guru.