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.

Christina Shea


“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. 

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Joshua Baldwin


“Without fail, I am inspired to start writing a story in any hotel lobby, but particularly one with marble floors

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Leah Hager Cohen


“Humble labors help when my mind becomes overwrought, when my thoughts stop being good company

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Susan Daitch


“Sometimes inspiration comes from unpredictable sources that I wish were more easily and predictably harnessed.

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Alexander Maksik


“Before I was a writer, I tried to live like a writer and that was my great adolescent mistake.

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Bonnie Nadzam


“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. 

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Jim Daniels


“I treasure personal totems. The J. Geils Band’s album Bloodshot came out on red vinyl in 1973, and when I slide that bright record out of the sleeve, it takes me back

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Lee Martin


“The raw honesty and the gritty lyricism of any song by Lucinda Williams hotwires me to the ugly beauty of hearts in conflict.

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Evelyn Toynton


“Of all the myriad pronouncements on writing, the truest one, for me, is something the poet Robert Kelly said

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