March 2024

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Living the Writer's Life: Deanna Blanchard

Deanna Blanchard’s journey to copywriting is heartwarming… Not only did she venture into a way of life that was unfamiliar based on her upbringing, but she also rediscovered the joy she felt through writing and, albeit with some trial and error, made it work for her in a way that allowed her to pursue other passions. Plus, it gave her the ability to be there for those who matter most in her life. Enjoy her story.

3 Good Reasons to Invest in the Structure of Your Business

So many people who come to me for mentoring tell me they won't feel confident enough to start looking for clients "until they have all their ducks in a row." And that makes sense … When you're starting something new, you need a solid foundation. Otherwise, you feel like you're floating out there, unmoored and without an anchor. That kind of instability is very unsettling. I get that. The best way to fight that instability is by having a strong foundation. Building the structure of your business before you begin looking for clients will make you feel much readier to take the inevitably challenging steps required to actively pursue the clients you want. Here are three good reasons to invest the time to do this.

PLAYBACK: Exclusive Interview with Guillermo Rubio: How to Grow Your Freelance Writing Business with the Power of AI

Catch the playback from our free event where AI expert Guillermo Rubio dug into the AI opportunity and the best way to learn how to use it to your advantage as a copywriter.

B2B Writers: 4 Ways to Use ChatGPT as a Tool (Not a Crutch.)

ChatGPT didn’t write this article. That’s important. Because as a B2B writer, you should never surrender control of your work to an AI. That’s akin to a home improvement contractor handing over the renovation plans to a drill, saying, “Take it from here.” AI is a powerful writing tool that can help you in a myriad of ways. But if you treat it like an app to delegate critical tasks to, your work won’t reach the level of excellence that B2B clients expect. So, how do you use ChatGPT as a tool and not a crutch? Here are four practical ways.

Exclusive Interview with Guillermo Rubio: How to Grow Your Freelance Writing Business with the Power of AI

Join us for an exclusive “one-on-one” interview with Guillermo Rubio, and learn how you can use AI to grow your freelance writing business.

Monday Morning Jumpstart: Truth About Most Clients

In today’s Monday Morning Jumpstart, AWAI Director of Training, Jade Trueblood, and AWAI Learning Chief, Pam Foster shares one big truth she’s discovered over the years…

Living the Writer's Life: Les Worley

Not only does Les Worley have a vibrant personality, but when I connected with him from his home in the Yucatan, he was surrounded by color, from his cheerful shirt and art to the vivid view out his window. But while he’s living the ultimate expat writer’s dream now, it didn’t come without a few key lessons. Read on to discover how writing made its way to the forefront of his career — twice — and how he’s leveraged it to live the semi-retired lifestyle of his dreams.

AI and Copywriting: Your New Best Friend (or Worst Enemy?)

It’s been over a year since ChatGPT crashed onto the scene and made a huge splash in our industry. Some writers feared it. Others embraced it. Yet others were a bit more “meh” about it all, thinking it’d all go away. So what’s the verdict? AI is here to stay. Rebecca Matter covers some of the most common AI myths and some tips to help you write faster.

DEADLINE DAY: New, More Flexible Circle Terms Expiring Tonight

Today is the very last day to join Circle of Success under our brand new, more affordable, and more flexible terms.

Do This One Thing to Start Making Money as a Writer

Michele Peterson shares one thing that you can do today to start making money as a writer.

How a Well-Defined Offer Can Help Writers Succeed

Heather Robson digs into how a well-defined offer can help writers succeed. She defines what she means by a “well-defined offer” as well as some of the most in-demand projects, how to become competent with a skill, and how to land clients.

A Note To My Younger Self: The True Backbone Of Copywriting Success Lies Beyond Knowing The Right Words

Cindy Cyr shares what she wishes she knew when she was younger about copywriting.

Monday Morning Jumpstart: Tips for Staying Positive

Staying positive is easy when things are going well … but what about when they’re not? What if you feel like you’re trying and trying … but nothing is working? Then what? In today’s Monday Morning Jumpstart, AWAI Director of Training, Jade Trueblood, and AWAI Learning Chief, Pam Foster give numerous insights that can help.

These Three Elements Give Stories More Meaning to Your Reader (and gets them to take action)

Sandy Franks breaks down the three elements of a good story, and gives you direction on how to incorporate them in every story you write … Giving your stories more meaning to your reader …And ultimately, getting them to take action.

Use Statistics in Sales Copy But Do it This Way to Add Credibility to Your Message

Sandy digs into how you can use statistics in your sales copy while adding credibility and proof.

The Copywriter’s List of Pet Peeves: What Not To Do

Peeves cause distraction. And as Sandy Franks shows in this article, a distracted reader is not a reader who stays connected … and is certainly not a reader who takes action. She walks through her personal list of "copywriting pet peeves," and shows you how to correct them … so you don't lose the reader.

January Winner Announced for AWAI's 4 Days to $400 Writing Challenge

Congratulations to Estella Brown, who wrote the winning blog post in our special program for new freelance writers — AWAI's 4 Days to $400 Writing Challenge. This program is for aspiring professional freelance writers learning the ropes for the first time through AWAI.

CLAAP: 5 Steps to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Feel your writing is not good enough? You need to CLAAP. These five tactics will boost your confidence. Learn how to overcome imposter syndrome and change your mindset.

A Behind-The-Scenes Look into Creating Direct Response Copy (Plus 11 Other Rules for Writing from Legendary Copywriter David Ogilvy)

Sandy Franks shares a lesson for you from one of the greatest copywriters of our time, David Ogilvy.

6 Things I Love about Writing White Papers

Gordon Graham is known as “That White Paper Guy” and he’s been working on white papers for over 20 years! Here are the top six things he loves about writing white papers.

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