I think one of the most interesting things about authors is how many various things can spark the inspiration for a new book or story. Jack London, author of Call of the Wild and White Fang, once stated, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club”.
I’ve really enjoyed looking at various author’s “clubs”. A few of my favorites were:
Reading: The most avid readers make some of the best authors. I used to write a lot of poetry, and I always found that I was the most inspired after I had read works written by some of my favorite poets. Many successful authors heavily promote reading to students, because it can lead to better writing skills.
Nature: We live in a truly beautiful world. Even for those not looking to write anything, stepping outside can be very inspiring. (I’m currently living in Jackson, Wyoming, right underneath the Grand Tetons. I experience this inspiration almost every morning.) Even for writers who don’t focus on the great outdoors, this is a great source of inspiration.
People Watching: I had never considered this as a source of inspiration. But I can definitely see how this could help to develop some of the best characters for fiction writers.