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These 8 Books Will Make You a Better Writer

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All good writers know the best way to improve your writing is to write. And the second best way? Study the craft. Reading books can take you further — and faster — on your journey toward becoming a better writer. For a few dollars and a few hours of your time, you can absorb the strategies and “secret sauce” of the master storytellers. I’ve read dozens of books on writing, and I’m always searching for titles that I haven’t read yet, or new ones…

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Will Robots Replace Writers?

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A few years ago, researchers at Oxford University analyzed industries to determine which were most susceptible to job loss due to technological innovation. Several occupations like retail salespersons, accountants, telemarketers, and technical writers are very likely to see job losses due to automation. Other jobs like dentists and athletic trainers, are far less likely to feel the impact. I was heartened to see that editors have a probability of job loss due to automation of .06 (a “1” in their…

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This is What LinkedIn’s Editors Really Want

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More than 50,000 blog posts are published on LinkedIn every week.  What topics should you write about? How long should your posts be? How do you get your post tagged under a Pulse channel? For answers to these and other questions, I invited LinkedIn Senior Editor Isabelle Roughol to join me on my new podcast, Write With Impact. Isabelle recently relocated to Sydney (“the people are nice and the weather is perfect!”), after setting up LinkedIn’s editorial operations in Paris (“I miss the food!”)….

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Why LinkedIn’s Blogging Platform Is Taking Off

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I just finished listening to a podcast conversation between James Altucher and Daniel Roth. Altucher interviewed Roth on his podcast, The James Altucher Show. Their topic: How to make the most out of LinkedIn. If you’re not already familiar with Altucher, here’s a quick intro: He’s an author, entrepreneur and investor who has stored up — and generously shared — enough lessons about his life and work than anyone I’ve encountered on the internet. Thanks to his “open kimono” approach, I know more intimate…

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What Stephen King Taught Me About Writing

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A decade ago, when I was trying to take my writing skills to the next level, I read several books on the craft. In addition to reading classics such as On Writing Well, which is one of the best books on writing non-fiction I’ve ever read (to which I’ll return in a future post — watch this space), I also turned to several books on writing fiction. Was I trying to write my first great novel? In my dreams, perhaps. But at…

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The Essay That Got Me Into Wharton

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Twenty years ago this month, I was working at a multinational advertising firm in Taiwan, plotting my way out of there, and (hopefully) into the doors of the business school of my dreams. In the evenings, when most of my colleagues had emptied out of the office, I would close my work files on my Macintosh (before Apple made their computers much cooler-sounding by slicing off the last six letters) — and fire up my B-School applications. I applied to several schools,…

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The Richard Scarry Approach To Writing More Effective Email

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When my kids were younger they loved books by Richard Scarry. They were populated with animals that did silly things and messed things up and got hurt — sort of like what kids do. One book that my children particularly enjoyed was Richard Scarry’s Please And Thank You Book. It was, as the title implies, about good manners. It goes without saying that good manners are a good thing in the offline world. They’re also important in the online one as well,…

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Want To Remember Something? Take Notes By Hand

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My son started high school this week. As part of his back-to-school package of supplies, he received a new laptop, which the school requires all students from grades 6 through 12 to purchase. The laptops are not just meant for doing homework, either: they’re for use inside the classroom. I’m a fan of technology and a believer in the tremendous impact it can have on learning. But I also believe there are boundaries that need to be drawn. My biggest…

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Writing Is A Craft You Can Learn

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In a previous post, I quoted executive recruiter Sara P. Noble on the importance of being a strong writer as a thought leadership professional. I’ve done a lot of writing and editing at McKinsey, and have learned a few things about writing in a variety of formats, and for different channels and audiences. I’d like to share a few things I’ve learned along the way. But before I get to my tips, I think above all, it’s important to cultivate…

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