When I was in 8th grade I found that I had a bit of a talent for writing, and it seemed to come out of nowhere. I'm not the most outspoken guy, but I have no trouble with writing. I find it to be an easier communication medium than speech (although I will not deny that speech is the most important and most powerful means of communication). The thing is, I don't know where my writing ability came from, and that's kind of upsetting to me for some reason. I want to attribute it to something like reading, but I'm not an avid reader. In fact, I can't remember the last book I've read for English class (http://www.sparknotes.com" [Broken]). I should mention that I have also failed almost every grammar test I've ever taken, and it's not like I want to be an English major or anything. So I want to ask if you all think reading makes you a better writer. The fact that I don't read books for English class doesn't mean I don't read. Maybe I've learned to write by reading things online? Is there just a certain point in one's life (English being their first language) that one becomes fairly decent at writing? It's kind of unnerving to have no idea how you learned to write because I have no idea of how I can improve in the future. Anyway, let me know what you think. Where do people learn most about how to write?