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Books for Writing Well for Entrepreneurs & Developers

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Written communication is part of life. Without it, modern civilisations would have ceased to exist. Leading to another dark age. Where we are unable to pass on our knowledge, insights, perspective, mental model, history. To learn and draw from it, that shapes our thinking, perception or mindset.

As a developer, I am sure you might have encountered problems in differences in opinions on technical specifications that are vague. Which leads to tons of work to decipher for yourself or your team.

As an entrepreneur, you convey through writing to convince, persuade, arouse and motivate your employees or customers to action. If done correctly, your employees or customers will stand by you. But if you did wrongly, backlash ensures because you instil fear. Which leads to public outcry against injustices that you do to your employees or customers of what written by you.

Therefore learning to write well and effectively. Plays a huge part for you as a developer or as an entrepreneur. So this is my list of books that will help you on your journey as an effective communicator.

On Writing Well

This is my goto that I study on it on an annual basis. Which allows me to write in a way to arouse action and help to make a difference in their lives. For my clients, friends and you. The readers of my blog that adds values in my insights that are worth its weight in gold.

I love the non-fiction or scientific writing section. I believe that section provides tons of value for a developer. Whereas for an entrepreneur, this gives you glimpse on what to look out for.

Crushing It

This does not talk about writing essentially but talks about all the strategy and mental models. For you to take action to learn to capture attention by doing. As a champion on the work you do and as a media company that seeks to help people on the cause you stand for.

For me, i believe in the value of writing articles for developers or startup entrepreneurs like you. With a deep interest in either web development, python and startups. To build products or services that can provide value to your customers or users.

Draft No 4

This is a book that will be my ever-growing backlog of books that I have to read and buy a copy of it in my own personal library.

I found out about this book when I was listening to Jim Collins interview on the Tim Ferriss podcast. Which blew me away in Jim Collins focus on his craft as a writer by studying John McPhee writing style.

Which he took the effort to hone his craft and his message that leads to becoming a best-selling author. Like Good to Great or his latest book called Turning the Flywheel can be a required read to help weather the storms of these dark times.

The Adweek Copywriting Handbook

This is part of the list of open books that I am reading now. To help to improve my craft for you in keeping your attention. Written by the legendary copywriter & direct response marketer Joseph Sugarman. He offers insights on how I should continue to keep your attention and arouse action in the way I write.


To learn to write well and effectively, you should read & study On Writing Well and Draft No 4. To learn to grab attention and arouse action for you readers to become your fiercest advocate for what you stand. I would suggest that you look at the book Crushing It & The Adweek Copywriting Handbook to study it to build a media company on a cause or future you stand for.

Lastly, are you looking to specialise yourself as a developer? If it's a Yes. I'm giving away my free ebook called "Picking Your Specialisation as a Developer" for anyone interested to command a higher salary or do the work that you like.

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Max is a life enhancer for tech & entrepreneurship. Which seeks to blend both to build innovative products or services for the world that solves hard problems.


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