“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 I submit two lists for your consideration. The first one is by one of the best business writers on the planet, Jena McGregor. She lists “12 leadership books to watch for in 2015.”
The other list is from Michael McKinney. He does the most helpful business book you will find. And every month he lets us know what great books are on the way in the month ahead. Here’s his list of books planned for release in January 2015.