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Write Now! Persuasive Writing Prompts:
You Know More Than You Think You Do

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

Learn something new today and share it with another writer with this Write Now! prompt.

Practice this writing exercise complements of copywriter, Christina Gillick, to make your story strong and unique. (Or read the transcript below.)

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If you're not sure what to write, you might be hung up by thinking you have nothing to say. The truth is, you're full of interesting information and learning more all the time. Ever hear that phrase, "you learn something new every day?" I believe it's true. In fact, today, let's learn something and reteach it to someone else.

First, visit your favorite website, blog, or social media site. (Yes, Facebook is encouraged for this writing prompt, just don't get distracted.) Once there, look for an article or blog post with more than a few paragraphs.

Read the post and then – here’s where the writing comes in – explain, in your own words, what you read and learned. Feel free to add your own twists or examples to make your story unique.

Write Now! persuasive writing prompts are presented by the Professional Writers’ Alliance (PWA) — a professional association just for direct-response industry writers. Learn about the many benefits of a PWA membership.

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Published: October 4, 2017

20 Responses to “Write Now! Persuasive Writing Prompt: You Know More Than You Think You Do [video]”

  1. After listening to Christina's short video reminding us we have more to say than we think, the light bulb went on for me! I realized I too had something to say! Just hours earlier I had a dental procedure and had been so nervous and scared about it,I almost chickened out! But, managed to make myself go through with it! And, I was amazed at what used to be a traumatic experience is now made to seem simple and pain-free!I am very thankful of all the improvements technology has made in the medical and dental industry. It is the difference between giving us positive memories and experiences instead of fearful and negative memories!

    CynDecember 20, 2017 at 7:31 pm

  2. I want to try what I read a few days ago and see how well it works. Basically,"the trick to writing is to start doing it and your cells in your brain will happily align and give you as much thoughts as you need to."

    Wow, It comes to mind when I was learning to ride my bicycle. How scared I was to fall down. And just a few weeks later I was brave enough to say, take those extra wheels out. And now push me until I tell you to let me go. There I was riding on my own for the very first time.

    Is it not the same with everything we start in life? How wonderful we've been created. Just start, keep putting,one foot after the other and soon we'll be running. Fears will be gone and great accomplishments will come.

    Yes it works...just start!

    Edward RosabalJune 13, 2018 at 6:42 pm

  3. I can also recall my experience when I was learning how to drive. I was so scared and frightened that my teacher had to reassure me that I had nothing to fear about. With the words of encouragement I received from him, I started the learning with boldness. Few days later, I was able to drive without any fear. The act of taking the very first step was what helped me to overcome the fear of driving. This is applicable to everything we do in life.

    John Oni Oloka July 2, 2018 at 3:18 am

  4. I'm a newbie wanting to learn how to write. I feel that it is something within that just has to be released. I'm in my 60's and just want to express my experience back in my "hitchhiking" days. There are many exciting journey's to explore. I definitely need help to get started.

    Newbie Learning12July 2, 2018 at 7:51 pm

  5. I have learned that a story is the best that is related to the salae of the produstto the client.

    I am having trouble in coming up with the "Big Idea" and the "Story." Do I start to write first, then come up those two feature or must I marry the those two from the start? In other words how do I know how to write the story before I know the story!

    Guest (Gene Shafer)July 20, 2018 at 4:03 pm

  6. I'm just reflecting back to my earlier years growing up as a only child of older parents my mother was 45 and my Dad was 55 when I was born they were both widows and had grown children they were imagrents from Finland I didn't learn English until the 1st grade it was a 1 room country School I had the same teacher all 8 years there was 9 kids in the school when I graduated I grew up on a dairy farm milking cows and doing farm chores then when I turned 15 I decided to go out and check out the world

    Trucking HoboOctober 26, 2018 at 11:13 pm

  7. I am grateful that AWAI crossed my path. This is an opportunity I believe, can help change my life (family) financially.

    Elaine MillerOctober 30, 2018 at 4:54 pm

  8. Hello everyone,

    I am barely starting my AWAI course. I need to completely change my life and lifestyle, and since I like to write (mostly journaling) I thought this would be aggod way to use my skills to make the change that I want.

    formergeekNovember 18, 2018 at 7:21 am

  9. I am communicating with a friend on Linkin and we were discussing a group I had applied to. When I asked why she thought the group was "fishy", she said they were an academic writing site of term papers. I did not notice that their language and grammar were poor, so they want people who can write "professional" work to help them pass their classes. I plan to keep checking them out some more.

    Christine HNovember 26, 2018 at 5:23 pm

  10. Retirees never retire. We're like big corporations and manufacturers; we “rebrand” ourselves with a new look at our deferred writing dreams. Yes, we know more than we think we do. As writers, we expect to attain the prize of our dream; to write well and make money for a living. So, in 2017, I sought to secure an experienced and reputable writing-well coach to facilitate morphing my skills into an extremely well-paid, professional writer. That’s precisely how AWAI got my attention and I joined.

    Cynthia in DetroitDecember 5, 2018 at 4:53 pm

  11. I blame my professors for waking the writer in me. I started back to college at age 60, never dreamed of writing beyond a book to get published. Since all my professors continued to prompt me to become a writer I did a little research that led me to AWAI. I have not landed my first writing assignment, but am reworking my website to accommodate my new passion. Thanks AWAI!

    Gary CanadaJanuary 4, 2019 at 11:03 pm

  12. I'm looking forward to diving into this project! It's a double win because I get to learn about something new, too! I'm a newby here so this will be my first real interaction with AWAI.

    angrysalivaJanuary 14, 2019 at 7:13 am

  13. I'm a newbie to AWAI and am looking forward to beginning a successful career. I know it is a process, but if everything I've read is factual, I will deploy the resources provided to change my life.

    docktorbFebruary 13, 2019 at 2:41 am

  14. I am new to awai and welcome all helpful hints and tips to help accelerate my writing skills.

    DavidbFebruary 18, 2019 at 10:19 am

  15. The prompt really tells you to get your foot of the brakes and step out. It motivates you to move away from the curse of perfection (read the fear of rejection), and get doing(writing)...

    ...and, as you do that, you are able to clearly observe on paper the activity called your mind...

    ...a sure cure for writer's block which is nothing more than a lack of clarity.

    teejayFebruary 21, 2019 at 5:48 pm

  16. Hi Christina.

    When I wrote my explanation to this writing prompt for Dream Home Based Work, I was writing more easily and confidently that will also improve my writing ability as a Scout for Slice The Pie where I provide my explanations paid daily to music tracks plus other categories. To the website I used as a test strategy provided another business opportunity for potential clients. The writing exercise enhances my Mental Emotional Health which is why I love writing because it makes me happy

    Internal Intelligence 1March 2, 2019 at 7:11 pm

  17. Hello Christina, Thanks for the nudge as it were. I am inspired by this community and I will find a way. "Just keep showing up". I talk to myself a lot? Is that ok? Take Care.

    Peter CorrainiMarch 5, 2019 at 1:05 pm

  18. I want to make a difference. I have thousands of life stories to share. I know I can access them to help me do something to help someone else. Words can be very powerful and swing both ways,for bad or good. I would like my words to always do good. Yep, I want to make a difference.

    Guest (Linda Musick)April 30, 2019 at 6:26 pm

  19. Hello to all, I am looking forward to the day when the fog lift. I am facing some challenges, but working through them. My focus is getting better. I find that I can not cram a lot in my tired brain like I did when I was younger. What I find, is to study some, absorb and give the brain a rest. I'm using my best time of day, which is early, to study, read, and write. Taking a rest day help. It is working for me. I was proud to get a good review on my restaurant letter.

    Guest (Learlean Rockingham)May 14, 2019 at 10:46 am

  20. Hi Christina, My accountability is to write a comment after finishing an assignment - my first writing prompt since joining last week. The goal is to build up to two a day within the week. Thank you!

    AprilBMay 21, 2019 at 12:35 pm


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