The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 8/4/17

Aug 4, 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 bad writing habits, five challenges you face as a writer, and writing a business book.

From Daphne Gray-Grant: 7 vexing habits guaranteed to wreck your writing

“I never learned how to write when I was a journalist. My habits were already too dysfunctional. Years of higher education had trained me to be a perfectionist who needed to rewrite every sentence as soon as I’d produced it. Now, I write easily and happily. It’s taken me years to get this way. I did it by breaking the seven bad writing habits that, for years, kept me trapped. Here’s a summary:”

From David Leonhardt: 5 challenges you face as a writer

“Bridget McNulty at NowNovel took a survey of her readers to find out what the five biggest writing challenges are. Here are the results she reported:”

From Hank Gilman and Brian Dumaine: So You Want To Write A Business Book

“Writing a book can give you and your company cachet. It is something to give to your boss, customers and investors, and it can get you onto the speaking circuit – helping, perhaps, to garner a little fame along the way. In other words: basic self-marketing.”

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


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence