You see words all around you. You don just notice the delivery van as you driving to the bank. You actually take the time to look at the tag line and analyze it. Here what that might look like.
You writing a short story, and you decide you don want to have the typical, Pollyanna happy ending. So you look through a Stephen King book of short stories and review the endings.
Your self help book falls down a bit in the middle. You feel confident about the first third and the ending, but you not sure what you need in the middle. You take a look at other self help books and examine the structure.
You need a catchy title for your E zine article. You start paying attention to the dozens of E zines you get and notice which ones you open, solely because of the title.
Here how you actually write consciously. This may look like reading, although you don want to simply read. However, it really hard to analyze without reading, so just read it so you can shut that part of your brain up that thinks it must read the words put in front of it. Read it once. If you looking at introductions, focus on the introductions. If the whole plot structure is what you looking at, then outline (or whatever) the plot. Is the model for a great introduction one short question,
followed by a longer descriptive sentence, ending with a short, snappy sentence? Then, write your piece with that as a model: one short question, longer descriptive sentence, and a short, snappy sentence. Then go back and review what you written. It might follow the structure, outline, or method of the work you using as a model. It might not. What most important is that you happy with the writing.
You not cheating, by the way. And it not plagiarizing either (unless you actually copying words that someone else wrote). The idea is that you looking at what works and seeing what you can learn from it. The point is that it got you writing. The bigger point is that it got you thinking about crafting your writing,
Dawn Goldberg brings life to words and writing and helps others through their writing and publishing journey.