I thought this post on reading was worth revisiting.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”