Figure out how to read the work you love in a way that teaches you how to write better. Craft books, in my experience, are far less important to the writer than the literature you admire. Own the stories you love by committing them to memory, by studying them, by unearthing the care with which they are made. The process of re-reading is not unlike the process of revision: You are mastering the methods behind the artwork, complicating and texturizing and making it, inasmuch as you can, bulletproof.
— from Antonya Nelson’s Ten Writing Tips, via The Story Prize blog