One of the books that made me want to be a writer--and that I still reread at least once each year--is Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Peggy Orenstein shares her love for the same title on NPR.
J.A. Konrath considers Amazon Shorts, "an interesting new market for writers." (Any of you have experiences with/insights into this to share?)
Finally, here's another wonderful article by my friend Deb. (Especially helpful for winter cold season!)