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So, you wanna write your own copy do ya?

by Pete Godfrey · 4 comments

So, you wanna write your own copy do ya?

A couple of big tips for you today on writing your own copy.

I’ve been getting a few questions of late from readers who write their own copy for their own businesses. So they are not professional copywriters, but business owners who can see the power of being able to write emotionally-charged words that sell. So today, I want to give a few general tips on writing better copy faster so you get better results more often.

And here’s even more good news…

No one knows your business better than you do!

That’s why you’ll often hear me saying if writing copy is a passion of yours, then you should be doing your own copy. Especially if your business is running on a purely Direct Response Diet. If that’s the case, you’re business needs a lot of copy. For many business owners, the expense of hiring a full time copywriter is out of the question.

But here’s where it gets exciting…

In many markets you do not have to be a world-class copywriter to get great results. The main thing is the copy got done and delivered to the market. In some markets, the fact you had a headline that wasn’t the name of your business and you had an irresistible offer puts you ahead of the pack,

So here I’ll give you two big tips, plus a bonus tip, to help you pump out your own copy.

TIP #1: Before You Write

Copywriting comes down to decisions.

Hundreds of major and minor decisions.

From the big ones like headlines and offers, to the small, critical word choices we make so our words paint a vivid picture in our reader’s mind.

Many of these decisions are thought out well before you write a damn word. What kind of headline? Big benefit? Hidden benefit? Dominant emotion? Which one? What’s the theme of this promotion? What’s the BIG IDEA that’s gonna sell a truckload of product?

These and dozens more small and large decisions must be made before you commit pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. None of it is by accident; it’s ALL strategic!

NOTE: The money is made before you write a damn word. That’s why I developed a 7-step formula on what to do before you write that almost ensures a successful promotion. The process is fully explained with examples in my Sales Letter Writing Workshop Home Study Pack. http://www.petegodfrey.com/salesletterworkshop

TIP #2: Write Then Rewrite

When you’ve done your prep-work it’s time to write and write quickly in one big brain dump.

The trick here is to dump it all down as fast as you can and don’t edit as you write.

You see, writing and rewriting are two entirely different processes and require two entirely different frames of mind. When you are writing you’re pumped with energy, on fire for the product you are selling, jumping out of your skin to get it all down and share the good news with your market.

But when you rewrite, you’re using the analytical side of your brain; you’re being critical, looking for the typos, looking to see the structure to see if it makes sense, making sure all of your power words get in there, all the benefits and so on.

So for me, there are 3 distinct phases of writing copy.

  • First the prep work.
  • Second the writing.
  • Third the rewriting.

Bonus TIP: Write in chunks

I work on multiple projects at the same time.

I might be working on my newsletters when an idea for a client strikes me. Sometimes I may just take a note and put it in the client’s folder; knowing I have the starting point for something special. But often I’ve found it’s quicker just to write it down in the heat of the moment then get back to the job at hand.

No doubt, you’ll find your own routine. That’s the important thing; that you find something that works for you.

And if you are doing your own copy, I congratulate you. Keep learning. Keep writing. Keep banking the cash.

See you next week…

Stay happy… Pete

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Louise Bedford April 24, 2013 at 8:26 am

Top post Pete. Without your help, I never would have been able to look after my own copy needs. With you as my cheer leader though I’d got a whole new way of viewing the world. I’m big into themes at the moment, and I’m loving it. It’s so much fun. You’ve made one heck of a difference to our business!

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Pete Godfrey April 24, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hey there Louise… thanks for the awesome feedback mate.

You were the complete package before you met me… I just showed you a few things to follow which you grabbed with both hands.

BTW, the fun part shines through with everything you do!

Have a great day down there in Melbourne today… I hear it’s getting chilly…

Cheers, Pete

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Riz April 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Thank you Pete, Great post. You make things so simple. I first invested in your “Sales Letter Writing Workshop Home Study Pack”. Around the same time…a software company we represent…wanted us to run a 30 day upgrade campaign. The campaign was for strictly 30 days only. I virtually just skimmed through your pack…picked up a few pointers and ran the campaign. In just 30 days we did in excess of $216,000+GST. We had never done numbers like that before. I was hooked…and as you know, since then I have attended your Master Class and other high end training programs. The knowledge and big ideas I have picked up make a massive difference to our bottom line on a on going basis. The ROI on every dollar I have spent with you is in excess of 100%…and I am not exaggerating…
I do thank one of my mentors Michael Yardney for recommending you to me…
Thanks Pete

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Pete Godfrey April 26, 2013 at 6:48 am

Hey Riz, great results my friend! And yes, we’ve done a few things together now the past few years and if I ever get to meet Michael Yardney face to face, I’ll thank him for the introduction. It’s been an amazing ride so far… with plenty more to go…cheers Pete

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