Writers Recommend

In this online exclusive we ask authors to share books, art, music, writing prompts, films—anything and everything—that has inspired them in their writing. We see this as a place for writers to turn to for ideas that will help feed their creative process.

Wei Tchou

“Here’s what I recommend: Go to Baja California Sur. Avoid lingering in the airport towns of Cabo San Lucas or San José del Cabo.
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Mosab Abu Toha

“What inspires me is the nature of Gaza: the trees, the plants, the sunrise, and the sea, namely.
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Andrés N. Ordorica

“We live too much in the digital, becoming the blinking cursor of a Word document and infiltrating a world untethered from the land.
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Saretta Morgan

“One way I’ve learned to curb the aggression of institutional tone is to stop whatever project I’m working on, and write a letter or email to a friend.
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Tommy Orange

“I move characters between grammatical persons to see how the language changes, and whether it reveals something new about them.
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Lucy Sante

“The major indication I get that my writing is headed in the wrong direction is a surfeit of Latinate words.
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Annie Liontas

“Whether it’s a book cover, a title, or a central conceit in an essay, I convene first with myself, rather than letting others decide.
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Blake Butler


I rarely think of myself as “stuck” while writing; more like at an impasse that requires trial and error to break its lock.

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Anita Gail Jones


When I’m deep in the writing trenches and need motivation and inspiration, I find both in many places, often turning to books by writers I trust, no matter what genre.

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