The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 7/25/14

Jul 25, 2014 | 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 one or two pieces that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. This week I’m pointing you to pieces on learning from writing a book and writing the draft.

From Jonathan Berman: What Writing a Book Taught This Consultant

“Thrilling, terrifying, altogether great. Nine months after publishing my first book, that’s my assessment of the author experience. Now that I’m back in the swing of strategy consulting, I’m finding some of what I learned from the writing process to be useful in client work. I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far.”

Wally’s Comment: Writing a book should be a great learning experience. This is what one consultant learned from the experience of writing his book.

From Michael Wade: Draft

“Picture your audience. Outline. Review. Scramble to produce the first draft. Don’t edit heavily as you write. Get it done.”

Wally’s Comment: Michael Wade writes a great blog. He’s written a few books. He understands how important it is to get that first draft out of your head so you can do something with it. See my post “Don’t worry about the horse being blind.”

Sources I Check Regularly

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

The CopyBlogger Blog


Digital Book World

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence