First of, given the recent sales of my shorts, I want to welcome any reader out there who may have decided to take a look here. "The Struggle" will be free again next week. If anyone has any questions you may go ahead and ask them. The sequel to the short will be coming out in a few weeks.
To any author out there (especially those starting out, though it could apply to anyone) there is a good book by Kerouac called Windblown World. The book was recommended by a friend. I read it and was immediately drawn in.
Now you don't have to be a large fan of his to enjoy reading this. It's better to read it and see how he was doing as he was struggling to be what he was. He does some things that are endemic to writers; he keeps track of his word counts. Every week is a struggle as he takes off across the country, or spends a lot of time wandering the streets of NYC to gather his mind.
One of my favorite comments is where he talks about the subway as being the living room for the world. Something that I would have to agree with. I love people watching on the subway (gotta be careful sometimes. Lately, I have managed to get a lot of work done on the subway, it has a great combination of inspiration as well as allowing you to focus on your work (with or without a seat).
For those out there only combing contemporary sources for their inspiration, I recommend that they look further out in the past. Different times, but somethings remain the same.