So you want to write the next great American novel, eh? You want to tour the country, reading passages from your book while critical praise is heaped upon you every where you go. Your book sits atop the New York Times Bestseller List for months. High school students will be forced to read your book and write essays; college students will wax poetic about the deeper meaning and symbolism found on pages 131 through 142. Your National Book Award sits aside your Nobel Prize in Literature. You are the quintaessntial American writer of the 21st century.
One problem: you have writer’s block and desperately need inspiration.
The easiest way to overcome writer’s block, in this humble librarian’s opinion, is to read, read, and read. Read other people’s work. Read funny things, read sad things. Read easy things and read difficult things. Read things you normally would not read.
Read because inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places.
Read to write.