I never deliberately copy another writer's style or incorporate elements of a novel I read into a novel I write. I just expect that what I read and what I write will sort of mix in my subconscious and give me a richer palette the next time I set out to paint a story.
Lately, some of what I've been reading has taught me something that I have resolved not to do. Ever.
Mark the date and save this text. I will never use foul, crude, disgusting language or create explicit images of sex or graphic violence.