Francine Prose‘s Reading Like a Writer: A Guide For People Who Love Books And For Those Who Want To Write Them is a wonderful resource that does exactly what it says in the title. Excerpts of great work are dissected, explained. Two years ago I read it; tiny lightbulbs in my brain were illuminated. Since that time I’ve taken numerous writing classes. I know I’ll refer to Prose again in the future, fold it into the mix of my various teachings, books, other resources. And yes, her surname is perfect for a writer.