Many teachers and parents assume that good readers will naturally become good writers. Others think that writing talent is a natural ability. Some have it. Others don’t. Both are myths. History and modern research demonstrate how good writers develop the two most critical skills needed for a high level of aptitude in writing. With humor and insight, Andrew Pudewa, of the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW), explains these two easy but powerful skills, which build language patterns and nurture competent communicators.