Every writer, on being asked to give advice for emerging writers, will emphasise the importance of reading widely.There is something to be said about the kind of reader you become once you start writing seriously, though, especially once you start to feel surer of your own style. At first it seems hard enough to write a decent sentence; then there are struggles with tense, point of view, and structuring a plot.
This is a long and invaluable post about the critical skill of understanding why something you're reading right now is engrossing, exciting, awe-inspiring, and so forth. The core of her advice is 'read widely', but I recommend checking out some of the personal examples she sites.
Read the rest here: http://ianirvine.blogspot.com/2011/11/on-reading-like-writer-claire-corbett.html