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  • Writer's pictureMichael Sauls

What I’m reading now

A lot of people ask me what books that I like to read for inspiration.

I have been inspired by a lot of writers over the years. One of my favorite authors is Robert Asprin. I love the Myth series. It is a hilarious read. I also love Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight series, Terry Brooks' Shannara series, Charlain Harris, Laurel K. Hamilton, George R. R. Martin, Roger Zelazny, Robert Jordan, John Norman, JRR Tolkien, etc. I love all the greats and probably a few that you've never heard of.

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
J. R. R. Tolkien

I have always been an avid reader of fiction, but I learned when I became a writer that I also had to be knowledgable. Now I read a lot of nonfiction. A lot of what I read is for research purposes. I've been studying ships lately. I'm doing research concerning a project that I'm working on. So sailing vessels have been my topic of choice of late. I know you wanted me to tell you that

What do I do to get inspired?

Nothing inspires me better than a road trip, especially a long one. Something about being on the open road knocks down all the nonsense that clutters my mind. Something that I think is fun to do is to pick a random town on the map that I've never visited and just go there. Then maybe I will stop and eat lunch or catch some of the local sites. I like to talk to the locals and try to get to know something interesting about their town.

In a way, I guess you could say that a big part of what I'm reading isn't even on paper. I like to read about life. So get out there and experience something. Give yourself a mini-adventure, and I think that you will also find yourself inspired. Thanks and good writing

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