I've heard that writers should read the type of stuff they want to write. Usually that implies really good fiction and prose, but I want to write great emails to my colleagues and network. What types of stuff should I read?

While various sites put out "how-to" guides almost daily, I'm interested in finding examples of good business writing in real life. There's a difference between "Eliminate this one word from your writing for success at work!" and an actual letter eloquently written from a employee to a manager, for example. Both can be helpful, but real samples are much harder to find.

Jeff Bezos' shareholder reports are good, but they're a little longer than a typical email. They're still a great example of using narrative in business, so the length difference may not be a big problem.

One of the biggest challenges in reading good business correspondence is that so much of it is private. Where can I find good business communication to read, in order to pick up habits that will make me better at writing email?

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    I have learned that one of the greatest email skills is to know when not to send an email and who not to include in "CC:" list.
    – Alexander
    Dec 14, 2017 at 17:56
  • There are a gazillion of how-to's on the internet and books about "business writing": have you checked some of those?
    – FraEnrico
    Dec 15, 2017 at 7:56
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    I've read a half-gazillion of them already. I was asking more about real-life examples. There's a difference between reading good books on writing and widely reading good books. Both are good, but I'm interested in the latter as it applies to email. I've clarified the question.
    – Eric
    Dec 15, 2017 at 14:04

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Court cases and decisions written by the courts are very bussinesslike and logical. They lay out arguments and information while trying to be clear and concise.

There are some really interesting cases out there that are also useful for understanding the legal system in whatever location you are living.

And perhaps articles about writing great emails?? :D

  • Thanks, I never would have thought of that. I'd appreciate it if you could link to some examples of court decisions you find especially well-written. It doesn't have to be my jurisdiction. Also I'm not interested in the "how-to" or advice articles, and I've clarified my question to say so.
    – Eric
    Dec 15, 2017 at 14:07
  • Sure! You can use Oyez to search for decisions. Here's the information about Korematsu v US. Then if you click on the 'view case' on the left, it will take you to Justia so you can read the decisions. Some of these cases even have audio, like Gideon v Wainwright, so you could potentially listen in the car. Some good cases (besides those mentioned already) include Miranda v Arizona, Citizens United v FEC, Obergefell v Hodges.
    – A. Brass
    Dec 15, 2017 at 14:25
  • I prefer Supreme Court cases because all nine justices are incredible communicators (with the exception of Thomas, perhaps) and writers. They are also easily available to read.
    – A. Brass
    Dec 15, 2017 at 14:27

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