How do you become a better writer? What happens when you try to write a year’s worth of Copywork in 7 days? Can you get better at writing by copying?
When I looked up ways to improve your writing, one exercise popped up everywhere as a recommendation. To become a better writer, you have to copy the great ones. This is known as “Copywork”
This was practiced by many famous authors throughout history and is an exercise many still swear by today. For the sake of documenting this, and out of my own curiosity, I wanted to see if I could do this daily writing exercise, but condense an entire year’s worth of work in just one week’s time.
The author I chose to study was Seth Godin. He’s the author of 19 best-selling books. He’s a prolific writer who posts to his blog every single day, which has over 7500 entries.
0:00 My Writing Challenge
0:39 What is Copywork?
1:33 My plan to do 1 year’s worth of writing in one week
2:24 Day one of my one-week writing challenge
5:19 Unexpected problems in my one-week writing challenge
6:52 The adjustments I made to improve my process
8:57 Something magical happened when I started writing for myself
11:08 The results of my one-week writing challenge
11:35 What did I learn from copying Seth Godin?
12:57 My process to get better at writing
14:35 The benefits of Copywork. What happens when you develop a habit for writing?
16:03 How to overcome writer’s block by Seth Godin
16:34 Challenge me. What do you want me to learn next?
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About the Copywork exercise: http://www.jenmanuel.com/process-tips/write-best-story-ever-one-epic-exercise/
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