Until I'd started to write the two books I'm currently working on, I had never seriously written books before. I had written, of course, as thats part and parcel of the job. Every scientist can write nonfiction. When it came to actually sitting down and starting to write these books, however, I wondered how I was going to develop my style. The best piece of advice I was given was: 'Pick your favourite author and aim to write better than him.' That wasn't too helpful at the time. Music, eventually, held the answer. I play guitar. On the odd occasion I'd written my own song. I realised that I should approach learning to write the same way I had learned to play guitar: I started copying other people's stuff. Copying other people's stuff turned out to be like learning to play songs on the guitar. I wrote great swathes of stuff from author's whose style I liked. These were my Smoke on the Water, these were my Hallelujah. Surprisingly enough it worked. By making myself a participant of their style and writing habits, I soon picked it up and adapted it for myself. Just a little general story I thought I'd share as writing newbie.