Read, read, read! Reading inspires great writing. I would have never been interested in writing a book if I hadn't read so many wonderful stories throughout my life. My mom and I spent an awful lot of time at the library when I was a kid, and her love of reading rubbed off on me. Beyond reading voraciously, writers shouldn't be afraid to take chances. Sometimes the ideas that seem "crazy" at the time translate in to great plot twists.