I read. A lot.
Many say that to read too much is to disadvantage your writing. You are influenced by others and thus lose your unique style.
I find that I am inspired by others. New words, tweaked grammar and grand ideas are given, and even a sense of bravery is instilled- I dare to write about something in a manner considered strange...because another has dared.
I do not copy, know that. I am simply inspired.
And thus: read as much as you can!