For me, there are several writers I appreciate reading (it varies depending on my mood).
When I need my heart to be rejuvenated by simple themes of beauty and truth, I read John Eldredge.
When I've got a creative idea or am wanting to feel innovative, I read Seth Godin.
When I'm feeling profound and wanting to be challenged by something academic that will make my head hurt, I read C.S. Lewis.
When I want to read a great story told in an non-traditional way, I read Ernest Hemingway (although, I confess, it's been a while).
When I'm feeling worn out by religiosity and perhaps a bit of angst towards the church, I read Anne Lamott or Donald Miller to get refreshed with wit and grace.
When I want to read something poetic, I read Pablo Neruda (in Spanish, of course).
When I'm starved for truth or orthodoxy, I may read John Piper. Or maybe some G.K. Chesterton, if I'm wanting to mix it up a little.
When I need a good old-fashioned kick-in-the-butt, I read the blog of my mentor Seth Barnes.
And, of course, whenever I need to feel inspired, I read the Bible — often an epistle of Paul, the Gospel of John, or the Psalms.
If I want a laugh, I'll read my friend Bryan Allain. If I need some affirmation as an artist, I'll read Julia Cameron. And if I need a good kick in the butt for my creativity, I'll read Steven Pressfield.
I do this, because I love reading and because I believe good writers need to read. But there are so many authors out there that it's good to have a few go-to writers in a pinch.
Honestly, though, I don't think I could pick just one.
Who is your favorite writer? Why? Share in the comments.