Some of the books here I have found useful; some are recommendations from other writers. What inspires one person might make another stomp around and feel grumpy.
Often it can be hard to pin down what we find inspiring – influences can do their work silently, lie dormant for years and you only realise they have kicked something into gear when it comes out in your writing.
I suppose what we are all looking for is that spark which makes you believe you can write. Something which convinces you that it hasn’t been weirdness that caused you to make up stories in your head or play-act bits of dialogue while waiting for the bus – it was the writer in you trying to come out. It’s uplifting to discover how liberating creativity can be and that you – yup, you – can entertain, move and make connections with people who read your words.