Why Are You a Copywriter?

by Mark Andrews Banned
22 replies
Three questions...

Answer one or the other or if you want to, all three...

What do words mean to you?

What does copywriting mean to you personally?

Why are you a copywriter?
#copywriter #copywriters #copywriting #words #writing
  • Profile picture of the author Matt Ausin
    I'm a copywriter because for me it wouldn't make sense to be anything else.

    Because even when I'm not writing a paid gig.. I'm still writing.

    Copywriting, for me, is something where I get to be creative.. and make living. You see, after reaching a certain age I realized that it is fine to be creative.. but you still have to provide for those that depend on you. Copywriting does that for me.

    And I'm not even that good. Sure, I get sales for my clients, but I know that a lot of guys here can run laps around me.. But damn if I'll let that stop me. I just write, and when I take a look at the clock and it's 1 AM.. I write some more.

    That's why I'm a copywriter.

    And words are like building blocks that can be used to create everything I want. I love that feeling - to be able to take something simple and put it together in a way that moves people.
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  • Profile picture of the author 100k
    Coz its easier to copy write than it easy to come up with original ****

    bad joke I know
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    Rent this space.

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  • Words are a form of expression. You can influence a great many people just by writing. Words have power.

    I love copywriting. I get to create something that will be viewed by the public, and will persuade them to buy something. That sense of having an influence over the world, and being a part of something is pretty awesome.

    Copywriting is where I was born to be, I reckon. I love writing, and I'm pretty damn good at it. Just have to keep learning and keep training, and building my reputation!
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  • Profile picture of the author The Copy Nazi
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    Why am I a copywriter? Because I couldn't get a gig as a street sweeper.
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    • Profile picture of the author linaO
      Originally Posted by The Copy Nazi View Post

      Why am I a copywriter? Because I couldn't get a gig as a street sweeper.
      Damn, I did hear it's a competitive position

      I'm a Copywriter because I woke up one day and realized I failed at everything else. Okay j/k.

      I actually love writing and been a fiction writer since the dawn of man so why not put 2 and 2 together and follow the "green" mile? *cheese*
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  • Profile picture of the author seanmiller1
    I have always, and even after marriage and a kid, still do love writing.
    Of course the money's nice but I do it cuz I love it. The day I stop being romanced by the English language is the day I stop writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bill Jeffels
    Because Copywriters are the David Lee Roth's of Marketing.




    Jeffels.



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    • Profile picture of the author Smalls91
      Originally Posted by Bill Jeffels View Post

      Because Copywriters are the David Lee Roth's of Marketing.




      Jeffels.



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      This is a good reason too lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Smalls91
    I'm in it to make extra money to support myself and my wife, but I have always been an excellent writer. I actually wanted to go to college to major in English, but life provided me with some opportunities that I was not willing to pass up and I ended up in the work force. I would consider my life perfect if I could write from home and make enough money to live on from it. There is nothing I would rather do.
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  • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
    I think copywriting is the most valuable skill on the planet. If you know how to sell with words, there will always be doors open for you in business. I don't know any organization that can survive without promoting themselves...not even churches and non-for-profits.

    When you can promote with word, you only have to be a reasonably motivated person to sleepwalk your way to a full time living. I can't imagine doing anything else.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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      How about some more really passionate responses?

      No offense but most if not all of the replies above are about as boring as watching paint dry.

      Where's the passion in your words to describe what copywriting means to you personally?

      Where's the fire?

      Where's the molotov cocktail?

      I ask again... why are YOU a copywriter?

      Come on, you're all supposed to be the true alchemists of desire through the power of the written word not a bunch of dry withered up weeds scarcely able to pen your love for this craft into more than a few sentences.

      Light it up folks a tad...

      Excite me with your answers.

      Excite me with your passion.

      Crank it up a gear or two...


      Mark Andrews
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      • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
        Originally Posted by Mark Andrews View Post

        How about some more really passionate responses?

        No offense but most if not all of the replies above are about as boring as watching paint dry.

        Where's the passion in your words to describe what copywriting means to you personally?

        Where's the fire?

        Where's the moletov cocktail?

        I ask again... why are YOU a copywriter?

        Come on, you're all supposed to be the true alchemists of desire through the power of the written word not a bunch of dry withered up weeds scarcely able to pen your love for this craft into more than a few sentences.

        Light it up folks a tad...

        Excite me with your answers.

        Excite me with your passion.

        Crank it up a gear or two...


        Mark Andrews
        It all started on a bright sunny afternoon in Tampa Fl. The beaches were buzzing with activity, gorgeous women in bikinis, kids digging in the sand, the soft sound of the wind in the palm trees, a 140 foot cruise ship picking up speed as it set its sites on its journey towards the Carribbean.

        Yet, locked up in his insignificant cubicle on the 7th floor of a sky rise in downtown Tampa, 32 year old Seth Czerepak sat like Quasimoto holed up in the bell tower of Notre Dame, aching for his long lost love...


        ...the love of creating, building and contributing something meaningful to his fellow man and making loads of money doing it.

        Like many aspiring entrepreneurs, he had bought the myth of job security. He had the job making over $100k a year, the condo on Westshore Blvd and the Yellow Lab named Rocky.

        But something was missing, and as the sun was setting outside his 7th story window, he saw his entire life as if it had already happened.

        He would watch the blue and orange sunset, day after day, while locked up in his proverbial belltower, hypnotized by the sound of his own voice...

        "Welcome to Verizon, this is Seth speaking how can I provide you with excellent service today?

        ...meanwhile, his dreams of being an entrepreneur would die slowly as he clutched them in his hand long after they'd turned to dust.

        The hairs of his head would wax grey, wrinkles would distort his features and the long and hopeful years of his youth would dry up and blow away like leaves in the wind.

        As he was sitting there in his cubicle, watching the paint dry on the wall (that was for you Mark ;-)) he realized something...

        He realized that he had a gift.

        He had created call center scripts, sales training manuals and direct mail pieces that had made millions of dollars. His employers had scooped up these millions while he sat by begging for the crumbs that fell from the table.

        He had coached entrepreneurs who made millions of dollars a year, while working for a company that was paying him a measly $22 a year.

        But no more. The thought of working for someone else and helping them to build their dreams while his collected dust got him madder than a Ferrell cat dipped in beef gravy and tossed into a dog kennel.

        He gave his two week's notice, all the while being told my his coworkers that there "weren't any jobs out there."

        But he knew something they didn't know...


        He knew that a true entrepreneur doesn't wait for jobs to come to them, they create their own. He knew that those who could use the written word to spur others to action could create opportunity in any economy.

        Most of all, he knew that those who had such command over the written word drew their financial independence, not from the economy, nor from a job, nor from their net worth or even their current income.

        He knew that they drew it from their intrinsic ability to create opportunity through the written word.

        He struck the match. Fire flickered. The fuse lit and an explosion of entrepreneurial energy exploded like a Molotov cocktail. (lol)

        That was over three years ago, and since then, our cubicle-Quasimodo-turned-hero has proven to himself and to his doubters that with words, we can write more than great copy, we can rewrite our destiny.

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  • Profile picture of the author Smalls91
    Copywriting is power, power to shape thoughts and decisions in countless others that I shall never meet. Words flow from my mind and through my hands to shock and warp the minds of the nearly mindless masses in any way I see fit. Its a verbal fight with both my opponent's hands tied behind their back, but this fight is not just for blood. The fight itself is a work of art. With every paragraph another blow lands and knocks my opponent back further and further, closer to my goal. As their mind turns and spins their blood finds fresh air and this work of art is near completion. They stagger as it is time for the final blow and a call to action finds them like a curb stomping work boot. Art has been created, art with a target, the best kind of art.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jennie Heckel
    Hi Mark,


    HERE'S MY TOP 15 REASONS WHY IT IS WORTH THE TIME, EFFORT, EXPENSE AND HARD WORK TO BECOME A GOOD COPYWRITER...

    Because once you are you can join the ranks of the ELITE!

    Why am I a COPYWRITER?

    Because...

    1. I AM THRILLED when people go on and on about how they LOVE MY COPY AND SHOWCASES their product as 'the best on the market', just like they imagined it -- and IT SELLS!

    2. I love the WARM FUZZY STOKES I get when a client does a big launch and BANKS a WAD of MONEY! (I love getting RAVE REVIEWS!)

    3. I love getting and cashing those BONUS checks!

    4. I love getting PRODUCT PACKAGES from all over the world for HOT NEW PRODUCTS I write about. (I just received some bee venom lotion for wrinkles from New Zealand!)

    5. I love working for MYSELF -- in MY P.J.s. (And never having to get dressed up to go to work ever again! I was a corporate computer trainer for large companies for many years, and I do not regret not having to dress up and endure wearing high heeled shoes anymore -- not unless I want to dress up for myself!)

    6. I love working for myself and being my OWN BOSS! (But sometimes I am a tougher boss on myself than I like to admit...)

    7. I love writing copy because it is more like PLAY TIME than Work Time!

    8. I love being able to FIRE CLIENTS I don't like!

    9. I love getting up ANYTIME I want.

    10. I love my COMMUTE being just 10 steps from my living room TO MY PLUSH OFFICE. (Outfitted exactly the way I like it --no more cubicles for me!)

    11. I love writing emotional copy that helps someone WHO DESPERATELY NEEDS the product I am selling. (I write TONS for the heath markets...)

    12. I love WRITING -- just because I love to be CREATIVE! (I love to read what I write...it gives me a deep personal satisfaction.)

    13. I love NOT HAVING TO WORRY about being laid off or fired!

    14. I work with an ELITE group of FELLOW COPYWRITERS and Marketers that GET IT! (I love helping my clients build their businesses and share in their success.)

    15. I will be BLUNTLY honestly here... I DO LOVE THE MONEY!

    So Mark what's on your list?

    I'm sure we all want you to share too!

    Jennie
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  • Profile picture of the author Wytnyt
    What do words mean to me?

    Ever since I was a kid I loved reading books about spies, knights, dragons and heroic adventures. I'm proud to say a huge majority of my life was spent reading these kinds of books growing up.

    Words are vital. They've given people hope to hold on to. They've caused the blood of countless people to boil. They've inspired people to fall in love.

    Why do I want to be a copywriter?

    This ties in to my previous answer. A huge chunk of my life was spent dancing with words, and it would only be right for me to make a living by writing. Why not just stick to fiction? Heck, I'm doing both, actually.

    Copywriting explores the many sides of people's personalities like greed, sloth, envy, etc... It's amazing to learn how words affect people's decisions. It's like psychology, storytelling, journalism and money-making all wrapped in one nifty little job.
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  • What do words mean to you?

    They are the paint for the artist, the clay for the sculptor, the tool of my art.

    What does copywriting mean to you personally?

    It means a constant challenge.

    Why are you a copywriter?

    Simply put - I'm addicted to my work.
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  • Profile picture of the author staceythewriter
    I love being the reason that someone's business improved. I also love being the person who wrote that thing that helped that person, who didn't even know she needed what my copy told her she needed, but when she bought it or signed up for it, she was damn glad she did. Like, I couldn't, in good conscience, write a liquor store or used car dealer ad, but to write that copy for the children's homework help center that a mom didn't know was there . . . It makes my day! That's why I'm a copywriter.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
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    • Many years ago I used to sell poster advertising.

      Which is just selling "white" space.

      It's the words that go in the space that make the Ads work.

      Clients and agencies would give me the copy - I shuddered it was either poor or "creative" and I knew it wouldn't sell much.

      So, I learned everything I could about copywriting.

      And offered to write for the clients.

      The response increased and got better and better.

      And more and more of them asked me to write all their ads, promo's, sales letters and web copy.

      So, I became a full time freelance copywriter.

      28 years later - I'm still doing it.

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author Doceye
        Because the terms of my parole dictated I drop the matches and pick up something just as incendiary, sans the property damage.
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  • Profile picture of the author ASCW
    Why am I a copywriter?

    Because I think in headlines, and bullets.

    I rewrite radio scripts in my head, automatically.

    Don't think I'm not mentally rewriting your sales page as I scroll through the page. Because I am.

    It's who I am.

    I'm a copywriter.
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    If you want help with copy stuff, pm me.

    Cool.

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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Andrews
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    Originally Posted by zharfan View Post

    because my passion in copry writing :-)
    I believe you man. Best response ever. Wow! You must be amazing.
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