“What Inspires You?”
For Heather Sellers, author of “You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know” (Riverhead Books, 2010), it’s a bath, a pile of magazines, lavender oil, and as much time as she needs.
Aimee Bender, author of “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” (Doubleday, 2010) says, “Rules. I’m a big believer in structure, and the idea that creativity loosens up when constrained a bit.”
With responses from more than 100 authors, the answers are as varied as these three examples, yet there are a lot of similarities, too. To read all the responses, and find some inspiration of your own, read Writers Recommend from Poets & Writers.