Keep Your Copywriting Active

What do I mean by keeping your copywriting active? Well, I don’t mean filling it with adjectives which simply increase your word count without actually adding any value.

Still not sure?

Think back to the best years of your life – your school days (well, apparently they were the best years of your life, although I’m not entirely sure that applies to every single year of my academic youth). What did your English teacher constantly bang on about?

“Verbs are โ€˜doing’ words”

Like a stick of rock, if you cut open a copywriter (not that I am suggesting for one second that you should) those words will go right the way through them.

Just as they were in fiction, verbs are important in your sales writing. They drive your writing; they make it active and vigorous. Copywriters love verbs.

But there is a tendency in some in-house copy to turn perfectly good verbs into nouns.

I think an illustration is required:


“Our specialization is the provision of high quality IT solutions (10 words, 55 characters)


“We specialize in solving IT problems” (6 words, 31 characters)

I think that speaks for itself. So remember keep your copywriting active – it will have a much greater impact.

Sally Ormond

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#1 Joe Swopes on 01.16.09 at 4:25 pm

I loved the example lol. Short, to the point, but has much more impact. Thanks. I’ll be adding your blog to my rss reader ๐Ÿ˜‰

#2 admin on 01.16.09 at 4:46 pm

Hi Joe,

Thanks for all your comments and for adding my blog to your RSS feed ๐Ÿ™‚


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