I was told by a guy on another forum that I should read short stories and even whole novels, and then go back over them longhand re-writing them word for word. He didn't really tell me the exact reason for this but I can speculate that it would be good for new writers in several areas. I think this strategy would be useful on improving grammar, especially punctuation. It would be good for learning story structure and character arcs because of such a slow read-through would cause the reader to pay more attention to these aspects of the novel, not to mention re-writing the whole thing! I also think it would be particularly useful in leaning the sound and rhythm of good writing! I'd like to know if anyone here has ever done this. Also, if you have or haven't give me your opinions on what you think about this? As far as my opinion goes, I think this was a piece of golden advice gilded with magical properties!