Writing & Editing To improve your writing, try ‘close reading’ Scrutinizing others’ words and phrases for their literary power can help invigorate your own prose. By Daphne Gray-Grant@pubcoachOct. 16, 2015 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.