I love books and when the local Barnes and Noble has their clearance sale I stock on up on the oddest stuff. Last week was great. I hauled home three big bags: I got 300 dollars’ worth of books for less than 40. I do so love a bargain
Some book that I have acquired in the past at these huge sales were: art books, space, nature, architecture, history, all wonderful sources of references when writing.
Open a book on art. There figures glance across the page and the words fill the mind with opulence, colors, feelings, the richness or creativity of an artist eyes are then painted in stokes of the keyboard.
Crack open a book on nature to see the pelt of the wolf up close, the fierceness in the eyes of a panther, the tongue of an elephant, the structure of the feathers of a macaw, the powerful talons of an eagle. Your story, poem becomes vivid when the reader can read what you see.
Go into space where one can envision the vacuum the loneliness of absolute silence, the pressure of solitude, the demand for discovery, the requirement of human love, the face to face exposure to our beginnings of existence. Look to the galaxy, the Hubble has opened up the universe to us, to revel in its mysteries, to enjoy the knowledge.
So go find a book that sparks your creativity and for the sake of the words, read, write experience….