We are readers before we can become writers. Reading is the best way to learn how other writers express their ideas, and it allows us to gain knowledge and wisdom of good writers. Given the change of modern time, writing is presented in many forms. Other than printed books, newspapers and magazines, we have electronic versions of those.
For me, listening is another form of reading. I love listening to different English contents, including radio podcasts, news programmes, documentaries and many more. Contents produced in Australia and United Kingdom are always my favourite, while I also follow Malaysian and Singaporean English-language programmes regularly to keep myself updated of the latest development in the region.
When I write English copies or translate Chinese works into English, the phrases and terms, expressions and wording that flash through my mind are often what I previously heard. And this proves to be a useful method for me to write better.