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.

Nikky Finney


“When I was eight years old my mother found me beneath my younger brother's crib in the fetal position and sweating. I was sick with a terrible fever.

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Eleanor Brown


“Every week, my mailbox explodes with magazines—National Geographic, the New Yorker, O, and People.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil


“I love turning to field guides, old issues of National Geographic, or biology textbooks to get a jump start when the writing comes slow.

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Jacob Paul


“The time I spend in the saddle on long bicycle tours—day after day, with no clear sense of where I might camp or buy food or shower—influences my writing process.

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Dan Gutstein


“When I’m feeling a bit blue as a writer, I give myself an arts assignment, one that often features ‘categorical’ elements.

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Heather Sellers


“The bath. Endlessly, luxuriously, the tub. I write almost every morning and after an hour or two or three or (if I’m very lucky) four, I run out of road. And then I know it’s time.

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Matt Stewart


“Dog walks with no iPhone access force me to pay attention to San Francisco’s world-class characters, who are wonderfully weird and story provoking. I recently saw a shirtless Jesus doppelgänger playing drums while riding a beach cruiser uphill, which has already made it into my next novel.

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Belle Boggs


“I have a small loft in my house where I write; I like being up high with my laptop and a few books.

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Shane Jones


“Listen to rap music. There’s a certain level of surprise, bright color, loudness, and just plain fun in artists like DOOM

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