Goodreads asked Jon M. Obermeyer:

How do you get inspired to write?

Jon M. Obermeyer Usually a quotation from another writer. Joan Didion has a quote about the prevalence of mattresses atop cars in the South, so now in my head I have a poem or a short story called "Mattresses." It's not plagiarism; it's a shove from that other writer, playful and insistent: "go on, do it!" Come to think of it, writing about plagiarism might be fun.

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