The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 5/12/17

May 12, 2017 | Better Writing

You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to articles and blog posts that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. Some weeks there are more pointers than others.

This week I’m starting with a pointer to an excellent and short reading list for writers.

From Michael Bungay Stanier: Jen Louden’s Five Essential Books for Writing

“Considering writing a book? It can be a long and difficult path. (I know. See why I almost gave up on writing The Coaching Habit.) However, my friend, Jen Louden, knows a thing or two about writing. Jen is the author of numerous books on well-being and whole living, including her most recent The Life Organizer. Jen has spoken around the world on self-care, written a national magazine column and even sat on Oprah’s couch, talking about the power of retreats. I’m thrilled that she is sharing her essential books for writing. Take it away, Jen.”

Not everyone aspires to be a writer. Greg Satell was one of them, but he’s turned into a fine writer and one of my favorite bloggers. Be sure to read number five in this marvelous post.

From Greg Satell: 5 Things I’ve Learned About Creativity

“I’m one of the last people you’d expect to become a writer. I wasn’t very interested in writing in school and, to be honest, wasn’t particularly good at it when I first started my blog. Yet the truth is that talent is overrated and anyone can learn to be creative over time. So here’s five things that I’ve learned along the way that can help you unlock your own creativity.”

Sources I Check Regularly

I find the posts and articles that I share with you on The Writing Edge in many places. But there are a few that provide insightful pieces again and again. Here they are.

Frances Caballo

Jane Friedman

Jerry Jenkins

Joel Friedlander

Joanna Penn

Melissa G. Wilson

Men with Pens

Merce Cardus


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence