I am interested to know: Does the book or piece of work you recently read influence your writing? I know that for me, whatever I've read recently, if it made an impression upon me, it has a huge impact upon my writing. For example, reading quality literature has a very noticeable effect upon my writing. I've really observed that after reading something written in the 17th, 18th, or 19th century, I write so much more eloquently and fluidly. When I haven't read anything 'classic' for a while, I think the quality of my writing is significantly decreased. I just finished re-reading Wuthering Heights yesterday, and then sat down to write a new post for my fic. It was amazing; the words just flowed, and often so perfectly (well, relatively perfectly for me, anyway) that it made me want to laugh out loud, because I had been lacking in that kind of inspiration for several weeks. Not only that, the style of literature effects how I write. After reading Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, I noticed that I utilized stream-of-consciousness narrative more frequently and focused more upon sensory images. After reading Jane Austen or one of the Bronte sisters, I tend to produce posts full of subtle irony and conversational witticisms. Does this happen to anyone? What books or types of literature influence you, and how much? I am curious.