As I was doing this, a part of me was getting antsy to actually write instead of listening to another writer. (I'm working on Cyberlama!) At the same time, I continued to listen with the hope that I might gain some insight into how this author writes what he does.
In the end, I came to the conclusion that I often seem to come to after listening to other authors or reading about other authors. I didn't learn much at all, and yet I found it oddly satisfying.
So, I wonder: What do we get, if anything, out of listening to other writers? Do you read writer biographies or diaries or listen to writer lectures?