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I received a nice message from copywriter Stephen Marsh this week, which sums up exactly what the aim of The UK Copy Call is. He wrote: “Just a quick note to say: I don’t usually go in for most of the ‘people talking about being copywriters’ stuff that seems to be out there right now, but UK copy call 25 was great. A decent chit-chat about copy without the thinly veiled ‘Don’t write another word…

Take a look at this scrap of paper: Though it might look like nonsense right now… I guarantee it will help you shave hours off the time you spend reviewing and editing your copy. And it’ll make your copy a damn sight more effective. It’s almost too simple to follow… And it only takes about five minutes from start to finish. Sound interesting? Good. Let me show you what it’s all about… Why the golden…

Copywriting should be fun. It should be challenging too. But if you’re finding it too challenging, it’s wearing you down or it’s taking up too much of your time… You’re probably doing something wrong. So here I want to give you some tips on how to better manage your time as a copywriter. Most of this comes from my own personal experience and is a reaction to how I tend to work personally. Needless to…

Another copywriter has been amusing my girlfriend! But it’s OK. There’s nothing dodgy going on. In fact, if you’ve ever seen the famous copywriter Drayton Bird give a talk, you’ll already know he’s a charming old sod.And irreverent too, which is probably why I get on with him. (I guess our shared appreciation of swearing helps too.) I’ve seen him speak a few times now. But over in the US recently, it was the first…

A lot of people have been in touch to ask if they could find All Good Copy on Facebook. You can now. I’ve set up a page dedicated to All Good Copy and will be posting stuff on there regularly. It won’t just be articles from the site, either. As with my Twitter feed, you’ll find comments and insight that you won’t find on any other of the All Good Copy channels. So, if you’re…

I’m away at the moment, on holiday in Miami. Earlier in the week I had some business up the coast in Delray, where I caught up with a copywriting mentor of mine and a few new copywriters too. I’ll be back in the UK in a couple of days and my May reading list and latest writing process video will soon follow my return. Until then, I hope you’re having a great time wherever you…

You open your Word document… You stretch out your hands and click your knuckles… You place your palms down on the keyboard and… Nothing. Starting a new promotion isn’t easy at the best if times. But it’s even harder if you haven’t got a strong idea to run with. Yet a lot of copywriters make things so much harder for themselves trying to approach the blank page BEFORE they really know where they’re going. Don’t…

To be effective, copy must engage with the reader on a personal level. It’s not an option. It’s essential. Though many copywriters may nod their head in agreement to such a fact; it is startling to see so many promotions, adverts and editorial published – often by people who should know better – that is cold, impersonal and impossible to relate to. I’m not sure what’s going on. I mean, it’s a basic tenet of…

Unlike a lot of copywriting pros who’ll tell you to steer well clear of extended metaphors in copy… I like ’em. Or rather, when I’ve used them well in the past they’ve resulted in breakthrough promotions. BUT… Yup, there’s always a ‘but’, right? And the clause in this case is that if you do go with an extended metaphor, you’ve got to make sure you’re aware of all its inherent associations. Though the metaphor might make…

Who in their right mind thinks about sentence structure whilst they’re having their sausage sandwich in the morning? Well, me. And here’s something for you to think about… For a few moments after reading it, a reader remembers the end of a sentence. Just there you remembered ‘end of a sentence’, right? And having now ended twice on the phrase ‘end of a sentence’, it’s REALLY starting to stick in your mind. By subtly altering…