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Oct 18, 2017

SELWAB: A Handy Guideline for Writing Leads, Letters, Headlines

SELWAB. No, it's not a made-up word, but rather an acronym name for a writing formula. It's short for Start Every Letter With A Benefit. The reason I use SELWAB is simple: I want my reader to keep reading. Here's how this formula helps me do that.

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Oct 17, 2017

7 Kinds of Letters Copywriters Write

7 kinds of letters that copywriters write. Know what kind you're writing and it's easier to write it! http://ow.ly/9O4830fSzj1

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Oct 16, 2017

2 Kinds of Formulas for Writing: Which Is Best for Your Project?

There are dozens of formulas for writing. Which ones should you use? Do they all work for each project?

When I first started writing, I found that the sheer number of writing formulas overwhelmed me. Rather than helping me to save time and be more efficient, I was confused. The key, I discovered, was to use the right formula for your particular writing project ...

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Oct 15, 2017

Quotes about Giving for Writers and Leaders

"Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it" and other wise words about giving. Get inspired!

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Oct 14, 2017

10 Persuasive Copywriting Techniques

Persuasive copywriting techniques are specific methods you use to convince a reader, through what and how you write, to buy your product or give to your cause. Check out these 10 persuasive techniques to use as you write.

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Oct 13, 2017

Writing eBooks: Frequently Asked Questions

An eBook is an “electronic book.” When it comes to writing eBooks, there are many advantages for a writer: creative freedom, faster time to publication, a global market, higher royalty share, and low risk. You can write an eBook to establish your expertise, write one about a topic you love, or use an ebook as a free giveaway. Some some answers to your frequently asked questions about ebooks in this post.

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Oct 12, 2017

10 Terms You Need to Know for Online Writing

To a newbie copywriting website content, computer-speak can seem like a foreign language. Use this glossary to get you up to speed quick.

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Oct 11, 2017

Writing Articles FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re venturing into writing articles to produce content or to get started as a writer, here are some basics to get going.

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Oct 10, 2017

3 Types of Identity Content You Need to Write

Identity content explains who you are and what you do. It's a pivotal piece of writing to complete because identity content lays the foundation for other pieces you write, including your website, letters, social media, grant applications, and more. Use this post to help get started writing this important content.

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Oct 09, 2017

Understanding Writing Formulas: Why They Work and When to Use Them

3 great reasons to use writing formulas: they're proven, they save time, and they're specific to different projects.

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Oct 08, 2017

Quotes about Simplicity for Writers and Leaders

Wise words about simplicity for writers, like these: “If you cannot explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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Oct 07, 2017

Getting Started Writing a Book

This writing guide is super-useful when you're getting started writing a book. It gives you 8 simple steps to plan your book and get it ready for publication.

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Oct 06, 2017

Website Checklist: 10 Items You Need on Your Website Template

This nonprofit website checklist helps you evaluate your current website template or to build a new one. It’s a particularly helpful tool for writers and leaders because we non-techies usually focus on communicating concepts and words on our site. But presentation matters. When you present content well, then you communicate your message more effectively.

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Oct 05, 2017

10 Buzz Words with Staying Power

Short is powerful! These buzz words are all 8 letters or less, but they have stood the test of time. Check out this list of words to use in your content.

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Oct 04, 2017

4 Writing Styles: When to Use Each One

Each writer has an individual style or “voice,” but different kinds of writing fulfill different purposes. Writing projects fall into one of 4 writing styles or types of writing. Use this checklist to help you figure out which style to use for your next project.

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Oct 03, 2017

3 Appeal Letter Writing Formats

These 3 appeal letter writing formats provide a handy outline to follow as you write an appeal. Dozens of copywriting formulas are out there. Here are three of the most popular ones to use in appeal letters (and letters of all types, for that matter.)

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Oct 02, 2017

Pre-Writing: 4 Easy Steps to Make the Process Go Faster

Pre-writing is the key to writing faster and having the process be more focused. Writers develop their own formulas to follow before they write a piece. Try these 4 steps to help you find your own approach.

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Oct 01, 2017

Give Me Excellence, Not Perfection.

Excellence is worthy goal - one worth your intentionality - in your writing. But quality has a downside if you're obsessed with it. How can you balance your pursuit of excellence?

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Sep 30, 2017

Book Writing Help Step 7: Create a Writing Plan

Book Writing Help Step 7: to write a book, simply string together a series of small writing steps. Step 7explains how to create a writing plan to get your book done.

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Sep 29, 2017

Email and Ezine Terms for Writers, Leaders, and Newbie Copywriters

Email and ezine terms to help writers, leaders, and newbie copywriters understand today’s communications jargon.

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Sep 28, 2017

5 Magic Words that Open Doors for Your Nonprofit

These 5 magic words can open doors in ministry development and get readers to support your cause.

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Sep 27, 2017

Quick Tip for Writing Clearly: Put “Only” In Its Right Place

This tip for writing clearly is particularly helpful to me because it is so simple. It focuses on only one word and where to put it to avoid confusion.

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Sep 26, 2017

5-Point Checklist to Use When You Write a Headline

Use this 5-point checklist as a self-check when you write a headline. Rework your headline until you are satisfied it meets the requirements.

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Sep 25, 2017

Harness the Power of a Testimonial

A testimonial is a quote from a client, volunteer, donor, or community partner that explains how he benefitted from your work and your cause.

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Sep 24, 2017

Quotes About Planning for Copywriters and Nonprofit Leaders

Quotes about planning; wisdom for copywriters and nonprofit leaders; inspiration, motivation, writing, leading, and strategizing.

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