Creative Caravan Club
When I say "modeling" I don't mean walking down a runway in ridiculously high heels. What I mean is more like monkey-see, monkey-do. (No, I'm not implying that writers are like monkeys. Don't go there.)
No matter what we decide to do or write, someone else has done something similar before. If you're writing sweet romance, for example, you know that there are other books written in this genre. The same holds true for thrillers, fantasy, murder mysteries—you name it. Almost everything has been done before in some way.
When you're starting out as a writer, or trying to find your feet, the best way to do that is to read. No secret there, right? Once you find a genre that you keep coming back to, try to narrow your focus some more by choosing sub-genres and categories within that genre. Then read the authors who are your favourites in the category.
Read like a writer. It's not always easy not to get caught up in the story. That's what we're supposed to do. However, if you read like a writer, that means paying attention to how the author creates her book. What's the tone, pacing, characterization, dialogue, and language like? If the style mirrors what is naturally your own, you can then use these authors' works as models for further developing your own style.
Keep in mind, that you never want to emulate a style that is not really your own and your goal is not to copy another author. What you're looking for is a style that is similar to your own to use as a model to further develop your own unique voice.