- By Jimmy Cox
- Published 12/27/2009
What does it take to become a successful copywriter? Copywriting is not for everybody. Just because an individual can write a paragraph or two doesn’t mean he can be a copywriter at once. It is not also for the faint-hearted. A copywriting career is full of dramatic challenges that will make you want to quit and shift to another career. More importantly, copywriting is a special talent. It takes a lot of versatility to be able to write about various niches and to change gear for other writing styles. So how do I become successful if I choose to be a copywriter? It’s all about your attitude and a bit of skills that can be developed. You can go through a number of trainings before you actually dive into it. Along the way, you will also learn a lot of new things that were never taught in school. But all these are meaningless if you have a negative attitude. If you are not hardworking and patient, then you will not persevere in this craft. Copywriting has been and still is a great career. If you feel that this is a path that you should take, here are some of the traits and skills that make up a successful copywriter: Imaginative
If there’s one thing that separates you from the others out there, it’s your imagination. The wider your imagination, the better it is. You see, imagination is not something that can be taught nor can it be trained. It something that is innate and the only external factor that can affect it is influence. The good news is that, everyone has been equipped with an imagination. How wide it is, that is up to the perso
n, especially in developing it. What you can do then is to get involved in activities that widen your imagination. You will be able to unlock this gift if you just let your mind fly and let go of any inhibitions. Observant A successful copywriter is observant. Some people are born observers – meaning it’s part of their personalities. However, it is a trait that can be developed. Being observant means being keen about the details around you; you don’t just see the picture as it is – you notice the details in it that make up the entire picture. Analytical Of course, being imaginative and observant won’t bring you anywhere unless you are analytical. When you have the ability to analyze what makes something work, or why this picture looks better than another, then you have the analytical skills to discern what would make your ad sell – you can pinpoint the selling element. Passionate A successful copywriter is a passionate copywriter. A piece of wisdom that has been quite overused still stands true: “to be successful in something you do, you must love what you do”. When copywriting is what you live for, then there’s no doubt that you will be successful in it. You may experience the worst of times in your copywriting career but this will not be enough reason for you to quit. Instead, you will be taking this as a challenge because you know it’s the career for you.
Being a successful copywriter takes more than just skills though. It also looks for something called attitude. When your attitude to sell is enthusiastic and confident, then for sure, it can be felt in the message that you are trying to get across to your prospects.
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