Reading is a vital tool

Reading shows me wonderful prose, which makes me cry into my cereal because I may never match it, but it spurs me on to do at least half as well. Bad writing will show you what not to do. When you read, ask yourself what makes this particular book good or bad. See what you like or dislike. Feel your way through language to see what sort of writing moves you. This does not mean you should copy anyone, copying someone’s style might fool some people for one book, but the soulessness of pure plagiarism will soon shine through. Be the best writer you can be, from your heart and soul.