When I started writing as a youth, I sought to imitate Western writers like Elmore Leonard, Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour. I actually tried to write as they wrote. Once I got into Hemingway, Dickens and some others, I tried their words out, too.
I didn't work for me.
Later, as I discovered Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice and George Jackson's Soledad Brother along with Street Players by Donald Goines, I realized that a person could write from their own experience and perspective. Look at Ernest Gaines and how he conjures up stories of Louisianna in such a way that you feel like you are right down in the Bayou. Think about how Alice Walker and Toni Morrison are able to create female characters on the verge of losing their minds but still retaining some grip on life despite every pressure and problem that arises.
Write from where you have been. It's birthed in experience. Think of the family stories that you heard retold while sitting at Grandma's knee. Think of what you saw while growing up. Rediscover the stories that unfolded right in your midst. let those deep-buried tales emerge from deep within your psyche. Retell what speaks to your soul that you once just thought of as a simple incident in time.
Write from your experience.