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 most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window. ~ William Faulkner
I'm currently re-reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I went to a great workshop sponsored by Mad About Words and was reminded of Bird by Bird. If you haven't read it, it's a great book on writing and life.
So, what have you read lately that has helped you in your art or writing?