This week’s reading list for business writers: 1/22/15

Jan 22, 2015 | Reading Lists

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”

That’s from Stephen King’s wonderful book, On Writing. If you want to write really well, you need to follow King’s advice. Most of my clients don’t want to be writers.

You don’t have to master the craft of writing if you want to author a book. You can get help from someone like me. But great books are more than great writing, they include information, insight, and inspiration and you develop those things by reading, widely and deeply.

That’s why I share reading lists that give you an idea of what to read. Use them to discover new things to read. Use them to get an idea of what other people are writing. Use them to develop a sense of what great books are like.

This week’s list comes from Ed Stych, National Special Sections Editor for The Business Journals. Here’s the premise for his list.

“I’m always curious what books people are reading, so last month I asked our contributing writers to answer this question: ‘What’s the most important business book you’ve ever read?'”

The Business Journals published the lists in two parts. Part one is here and part two is here. The question is about the most important book you’ve ever read, there are books here that were first published decades ago.

Enjoy. Learn. Prosper.