“I never try to write. If the work isn’t urgent enough to make me sit down and work, I don’t want it.
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.
“Maybe the one good thing about having ADD, as I do, is that you tend to draw inspiration from whatever you are focused on at the moment.
“Without fail, I am inspired to start writing a story in any hotel lobby, but particularly one with marble floors
“Humble labors help when my mind becomes overwrought, when my thoughts stop being good company
“Sometimes inspiration comes from unpredictable sources that I wish were more easily and predictably harnessed.
“Before I was a writer, I tried to live like a writer and that was my great adolescent mistake.
“I honestly have no idea what it is that inspires me, but there have definitely been days and even years when it seemed nowhere to be found, because I was crowding it out.
“The raw honesty and the gritty lyricism of any song by Lucinda Williams hotwires me to the ugly beauty of hearts in conflict.
“I was ten years old before anyone figured out I needed eye glasses.