The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 11/3/17

Nov 3, 2017 | Reading Lists

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. The posts are about the intertwined tasks of reading and writing. Some weeks there are more pointers than others.

This week I’m pointing you to pieces on getting your message across, essential questions for every author and beating writer’s block.

From David Grossman: 5 Ways to Ensure Your Messages Get Through to Employees

“There are countless ways to ensure that a message hits home the way you intended. Here are 5 must-do strategies to cut through the clutter and turn messages into meaning:”

From Judith Briles: 3 Essential Questions for Every Author

“How many times have you spoken with authors and asked them about their book … and they go on and on, not really connecting with you or your question? How many times have you met a new author and asked them about their book marketing and receive a blah response? How many times have you asked an author who they are writing for and your sense is that they don’t know?”

From Jerry Jenkins: How to Overcome Writer’s Block: My Surprising Solution

“Good news! I’ve discovered how to crush Writer’s Block once and for all, and my more than 190 books, 21 of which have been New York Times bestsellers, prove it.”

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.

Alliance of Independent Authors

Frances Caballo

Jane Friedman

Jerry Jenkins

Joel Friedlander

Joanna Penn

Melissa G. Wilson

Men with Pens

Merce Cardus


Daphne Gray-Grant

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence