There are several resources available to young economists who are working to improve their writing. We've shared a few here, but we would also like to know your favorites.
Economics-specific writing guides:
- A Guide for the Young Economist by William Thomson. MIT Press, 2001. In addition to writing advice, you'll pick up very useful tips on how to present models, theorems and proofs, what notation to use, how to define terms, etc.
- Economical Writing (latest edition) by Deirdre McCloskey. Waveland. The classic guide on style with tips on process and substance for writers in economics.
- Also, look out for our book on research writing in economics (coming fall 2014). It will offer you templates that help you showcase your research to a general interest audience in economics with plenty of examples from the field. It will also include tips on writing efficiently so that you never feel stuck.
Interdisciplinary writing, editing, and style guides:
- The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking by Barbara Minto. A book that has shaped the structure of business writing. A rare book that methodically addresses the fundamental issue of structure and organization in writing while showing us how the reading, writing, and thinking processes overlap.
- The Elements of Style (latest edition) by William Strunk, Jr., and E.B. White. Macmillan. The classic pocketbook on writing style, especially if English is not your native language.
On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser.
- The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers (latest edition). University Of Chicago Press. Your university library may subscribe to the online edition.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab has tips on different types of writing, including CVs and cover letters.
Advice on the job market and faculty reflections on research writing: