How To Enjoy Copywriting, Write Easily And Make The Most Of Your Time & Effort.
Copywriting is hard.
Don’t let anyone lie to you.
All those talk about writing how you talk, communicating simply, using power words, copywriting hacks blablabla
But here’s the ONE way I approach it everyday that makes it easier for me:
If you look at my bio, it says “Swiss Army Knife”
But what exactly is a Swiss Army Knife?
Before I define it for you, lemme give you a background.
You see, I’m what you call a telescopic learner.
Telescopic learners are people who like to know a little about everything, unlike microscopic learners, who know so much about one thing.
I’m a telescopic learner.
It’s why I can easily have conversations about sports, women, music, red pill, books, history, government, current affairs, religion, coding, business, writing etc.
I’m the guy who can conveniently have a 3 hour conversation with someone talking about different things.
Truth is, I don’t know any of these things deeply. I just know enough to carry a conversation.
Secured a half a million Naira contract in my 4th year in University because I could speak coding.
Mind you, I tried to learn how to code for about 2 months in my first year in Uni. Didn’t have a laptop, couldn’t afford it so it never worked out.
I got that contract and I didn’t even know how to code.
But I knew people who could and I got it for them.
I still don’t know how to code.
Got my current job from a client I was teaching Spanish.
But teaching Spanish? How?
I’ve never even left the country as an adult.
The two times I left Nigeria for Cameroon was as a child and a teenager.
But Spanish simply sounded cool at the time and I decided to learn it.
The other helpful thing is I’ve learned how to listen.
It’s a skill you pick up when you listen to a different girl every night vent for close to 4 hours during midnight calls in your teenage years.
So, I mostly just chip in, crack a joke and let them talk while I listen.
“Smartest kid in class, most informed kid in class, sabi boy blablabla”
I’m none of that.
Being a telescopic learner has been how I’ve been able to survive for most of my life.
This is how I’ve mostly survived up till now.
But somewhere along the line, I noticed if I wanted to thrive, then I had to go into something microscopically.
And copywriting was one of the first things that challenged my telescopic learning abilities.
The only thing I’ve ever tried to learn microscopically in my life is Copywriting.
So much so that for an entire year in 2020, I didn’t do anything else except studying Copywriting.
But not everyone has the time to do this.
Plus, remember this thread wasn’t supposed to be me talking about myself, but about how you can enjoy the Copywriting process.
So, how do I enjoy Copywriting?
Well, I approach each new project with the idea of learning something new.
For example, I found out recently that the bags under your eyes can be measured during a hospital test from a project I just finished working on.
That’s something I never knew before.
But it’s now a cool fact I have in my pocket to pull out during conversations
I wow my girl every time we talk about health related stuff and I just tell her random things she hasn’t heard before.
If only she knew my health plug is Matt Cook
Yesterday, while sourcing for ideas for a client, I wrote a line about Thanos and the Avengers.
The truth is, I’ve never seen Avengers Endgame because I hate sci-fi movies.
But I could pull out that random idea just to illustrate a point.
Last night, while watching Lord Of The Rings 2 (The Two Towers), I noticed a cool sales and marketing lesson embedded in one of the scenes.
I was up at 1am writing an article on it.
Copywriting has helped me notice even the most mundane things.
And that’s because I approach every single project with an open mind – to LEARN.
I know I make rookie mistakes every now and then.
I know I might write crap every now and then.
I’ve written copy that was unreadable.
I’ve written copy that has tanked.
But the only thing that makes me wake up every morning with renewed purpose to keep going is that singular possibility – LEARNING SOMETHING NEW.
And I remember I was supposed to tell you what a Swiss Army Knife was at the beginning of this post.
Anyway, Google is your friend 😁
But here’s what a Swiss Army Knife looks like, and what it means.