writing to the serial port and reading from a software serial

So I am wondering if anyone has had to do this because I am having trouble writing to the serial port then reading from the serial port and then reading from a software serial any examples would be great I think I am having trouble splitting these two tasks up. any help wouild be great thanks

Can you post code?

Please use - http://arduiniana.org/libraries/newsoftserial/ - as it works better than the standard SoftSerial

jraskell has done a nice writeup. http://jhaskellsblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/serial-comm-fundamentals-on-arduino.html