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Write Now! Persuasive Writing Prompts:
Email a Story with Good Advice

Practice your copywriting skills with this prompt from The Professional Writers’ Alliance (PWA).

Use this Write Now! prompt to write story emails to give advice to friends and family and for your clients.

Watch this video by Pam Foster, Director of Copywriter Training at AWAI (American Writers & Artists, Inc.) to see how you can strengthen your copywriting and results. (Or read the transcript below.)

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In this writing prompt, we’re going to ask you to imagine you're an 85-year-old person who’s lived a good, rich, long life, and you’ve got advice to share with your 22-year-old granddaughter who’s just graduated from college.

What advice would you want to give her?

What kinds of things have you experienced in your many years, the different stories and different learnings that you want to pass along to her?

Think about these now as seven emails.

Write seven different email stories, with seven pieces of advice that you want to pass along to your granddaughter.

And then, take that format and apply it to a client you’re working with. What are seven stories you can write for them, with seven pieces of advice about their products or services?

It’s a great way to practice writing.

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Published: September 27, 2017

11 Responses to “Write Now! Persuasive Writing Prompt: Email a Story with Good Advice [video]”

  1. Very informative. Thank you

    TarquinJune 26, 2018 at 6:48 pm

  2. Knowledge:
    There's an adage that says "Knowledge is power". Most people hear this saying all through their lives, especially when encouraging a yougster to stay in school and get an education.

    My discovery and connecting to AWAI makes me aware that an ordinary person like me can be trained to become a copywriter and earn a living without having the background of an attorney. Now I realize that knowledge is more than power, I want to be a copywriter through AWAI's training.

    To me, knowledge means the ability to make better choices and have the savviness in applying this knowledge to earn higher income qnd enjoy beter living.

    Before, I thought only attorneys could do copywriting work. I was wrong.

    Damas J. Alabre

    The Apollo WriterAugust 15, 2018 at 10:37 pm

  3. Being creative is powerful. New beginnings can happen when you open your mind. Let your dreams and imagination set you free. Endless possibilities will come into your life. Then the miricals happen. I am seeing them all the time.

    Sharon Lee Samyn Creative Beginnings Design Service

    Creative BeginningsJanuary 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm

  4. I was trying to find samples of the various articles, in particular email stories. So that I can understand better what is expected. It would be great see that in all categories. Nothing lengthy just a short burst of information. I think it would help to overcome the flood of opportunities I see pouring out from AWAI.

    Born2BhereMarch 6, 2019 at 3:11 pm

  5. That is a great idea! I hope I can learn enough to start work ASAP.

    MusickApril 30, 2019 at 6:40 pm

  6. I'm a newbie. This prompt was very helpful in thinking about how I can relate life experiences & interests to copywriting niches that would work for me.
    Also, I enjoy reading and realized that when I read a review, it's very much like reading "advice" about a product, books in this case. That got me thinking about the emails I receive from publishers and the books I've bought based on those positive emails !! A great lesson in the impact of copywriting!Thanks!

    lisa25June 27, 2019 at 1:57 pm

  7. Hi Lisa, I'm so glad you enjoyed this writing prompt and you're excited about your career as a writer

    Guest (Pam Foster)June 27, 2019 at 9:40 pm

  8. And one rainy day the beautiful lotus raise and told to herself I wouldn't change all the pain, tears, and hurt. I been thru cause thanks to that I'm not just a beautiful flower, no I am the most unique strongest flower in the universe. That will not only be seeing for her beauty but for her raise to become what she is an amazing radiant flower that survive the pain and hurt, that grow from the mud, and survived eventough everyone expected to faded away. I am Lotus.

    Guest (Pastelito)June 29, 2019 at 12:22 pm

  9. Dear Pam Thank you for the prompt. I'd like to start writing straightaway but I don't have clients to write to as you suggested. Maybe I'm missing something?

    Guest (arlene)July 13, 2019 at 11:08 am

  10. They say, it’s what you know and education is key. Well, I’ve learned that those things may be true but...when I graduated from college I went on interview after interview with no success. I had the know how and the education but it seemed it wasn’t enough to land the job. One day while networking with other graduate classmates, I learned that they were hiring where one classmate worked. We exchanged contact information and I sent my resume to my classmate. I got the interview and the job. So, having the know how and the education is great but who you know is key, as well. So, always keep contact with colleagues and always network.

    Noelle100November 24, 2019 at 10:49 pm

  11. Thank you for your comment, Noelle! Congratulations on getting that job. :-)

    Pam Foster AWAINovember 25, 2019 at 4:03 pm


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