A Copywriter Gives Power to the Words

Q: What is the one thing that freelance copywriters are always asked for?

A: Snappy copy.

Ask your client exactly what they mean by ‘snappy copy’ and the response is usually:

“Erm…you know…snappy…punchy…that sort of thing.”

Very insightful.

In order for a copywriter to create powerful copy, they need to utilise power words. These are very basic, simple words that don’t require defining or explaining. Your reader should be able to connect with them immediately.

You want to see some examples? OK. Power words are things such as:

  • Love
  • Hate
  • Cash
  • Care
  • Best
  • Crash
  • Worst
  • Win
  • Lose
  • Huge
  • Risk
  • Fizz

Once a copywriter has created a first draft, their next job is to read through the copy and clear out all the flabby worn-out words and replace them with something more powerful. Of course, the choice of words is going to depend on what you are writing and who you are writing for.

If you are still unsure of what I am getting at, I have listed below some worn-out words and given a powerful alternative.

Worn-out                                                                   Powerful alternative

Cost-effective                                                             Cheap

Impact negatively                                                       Hurt

Optimal                                                                       Best

Upgrade                                                                      Boost

See how much ‘snappier’ the power words are? They will give you copy far more impact.

Sally Ormond

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#1 Anna on 01.08.09 at 7:29 am

Great tips! And everyone loves a good set of bullets 😉

#2 Tori on 11.26.10 at 8:59 am

Great tips! I am currently looking for reasons to convince my superior about the advantages of having a copywriter to write the website instead of using anyone in the company to write based on the fact that he/she has a good command of english and did marketing before

#3 admin on 11.26.10 at 9:58 am

Thanks for your comment Tori and good luck – if you manage to convince them drop me a line 🙂


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