I think writers need to be voracious readers.
I have been reading a bizarre book this week: What If Our World Is Their Heaven? The Final Conversations Of Philip K. Dick. It consists of transcribed conversations with Dick shortly before his death. From these conversations I can only deduce he was a deeply disturbed individual. He believed he had precognitive abilities (Minority Report anyone?) among other things. I'm not sure what to make of it all, since I've read MANY of his amazing stories and books including Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, and they are all excellent and throught-provoking. Frankly, I'm somewhat flummoxed.
What are you reading these days?