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How Other Writers Get “In the Mood”

What's the parallel between writers? No matter how different their writing routines, each of these writers -- and thousands of others who...

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When Clichés Work “Like Gangbusters”

I joked in an issue of my e-letter about writing “good,” and got a note from a reader soon after that said… “So there I...

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What Time Do Real Writers Get Up?

What time do real writers get out of bed? It's a good question, regardless of what kind of writing you do... ...

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How to Tell if You’re a “Natural Born” Copywriter

A personal confession: I don’t just like being a copywriter. I also happen to like copywriters in general. As people, I mean. Why?...

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Gene Schwartz’s 33-minute Secret

Get a kitchen timer and put it on your desk. Set it for 33 minutes. Now start writing. Write anything.  Just fill the page. If you...

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The Details That Close Sales

Any good copywriter also knows that when you really... really... want to make for a powerful sales pitch, digging into the small details...

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Ego-Butter: How to Give a Copy Critique

I’ve gotten a few copy critiques in my day. I crave them, no matter how harsh, because that’s what makes the writing better....

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A Surprising Storytelling Secret

I recently gave a Skype interview on how to use stories to make sales. I’m sure you guys know, I’ve talked about this a few...

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Brainstorming By the Rules

Alex Osborn, a founder of a super-successful New York ad Agency and of the Creative Education Foundation, came up with a list of...

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“Need to Tell” vs. “Want to Tell”

Dumping a gut full of "want to tell" copy onto the page can feel cathartic. It can make you feel smart. It can make you sound funny or...

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