Several readers and listeners recently emailed me asking: “How can I become a better writer?” The right answer to how to become a better writer (or even a good writer), depends on what level you’re at, what you write, and what becoming a better writer means for you. For example, Stephen King may think success means topping the New York Times best-seller list. (Suffice to say, Mr. King did not email me.) Success for a new writer could mean getting published in a magazine for the first time. Years ago, success for me meant writing pretty little sentences. These days my answer to how to become a better writer means helping readers (more on that in this episode).