This Week’s Posts about Writing: 9/13/14

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Here are my posts about writing this week, along with some posts about writing from others. This week there are my posts on chapter length, writing a great business book, writing advice from Bob Sutton, and turning blog posts into a book. Plus there’s a pointer to reading recommendations from Michael Dell and more.

My Posts

Chapter length

Back in the day, chapters had to be “long enough but not too long” based on the size of a standard business book.

Will you write a great business book?

Are you going to add another mediocre business book to the pile? Or are you going to write a great business book.

Advice from the Masters: Bob Sutton

Writing advice from Bob Sutton about what it takes to be productive.

Book writing lessons from Leadership Caffeine

Turning your excellent blog posts into a great book is not as simple as putting them all in one file.

Posts by Others

From Michael Dell: Must-Read Business Books Right Now

“At the Dell household, Labor Day marks the undeniable end of summer. It’s back to school for the kids and back to the crazy pace that fall brings. (Secretly, I like it that way. I always have.) But the lull of summer is special, too, and a great time to catch up on all those things we have trouble getting to the rest of the year, like that pile of books on the nightstand. I’m happy to say I got to spend part of my summer with some great books written by some very smart people.”

Wally’s Comment: Check out selections of business books to see what all the fuss is about. Analyze these books, and other popular business books, to see what lessons you can learn from them for your writing.

From Shane Snow: Five Essential Books on Lateral Thinking

“My guest post today is by Shane Snow, a New York City-based technology journalist and web entrepreneur. He is also the author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success, which examines how companies and people employ ‘lateral thinking’ to rethink convention and break ‘rules’ that aren’t rules.”

Wally’s Comment: Check out books like these to find the one(s) that help you. That’s a personal choice, but someone else’s list is a good starting point. One of my favorite and most re-read books is Shane’s first choice.

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