I am trying to improve my English writing skills. But I don't know what a good piece of written work means and hence cannot set my goal/target. Does using hard/rare words and metaphors makes one's writing good?
P.S At present, I am reading a paragraph or two from a book, then I try to recall the content/fact of the para and then rewrite the whole two paras with the said fact in my own way and then compare two pieces of work. But most of the time I end up mimicking the author. I guess this happens because I don't have an independent perspective on the said topic. Is this a good training method and how should I improve it to avoid the problems I mentioned above.