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I’m writing this on election day. By the time you read it, we’ll probably know who’s going to be running the country for the next five years – or not, if there’s horse-trading to be done – but at the …

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If you’re reading this, it’s a fair bet that you can write as well. Writing, though, isn’t necessarily the same as writing well. Like any skill, it has to be learnt, practiced and improved, but I have a few simple …

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With the end of the tax year coming up, maybe it’s occurred to you to wonder why it falls on such a strange date. It actually all goes back to 1752. Or maybe to 1582. Or even to 46 BC.…

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From time to time over the past year, people who know I’m a copywriter have asked for help copyrighting something they’re thinking of publishing. I’m happy to give whatever advice I can, of course, but I have to explain that, …

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Are there any phrases that are repeated so much that you’ve really come to hate them? There are certainly plenty I’m sick and tired of. Even if they often began as evocative and expressive, endless repetition by everyone from politicians …

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When people are asked about the greatest design achievements of all time, they might mention anything from the Periodic Table to the Tube Map. They’re certainly great designs, but no-one ever seems to bring up perhaps the greatest design in …

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I used to think I knew exactly what “sales” was: it involved someone with a fake smile and cheesy one-liners conning people into buying things they didn’t want or need. I briefly tried sales jobs on a couple of occasions …

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If you copy from one source, so the old saying goes, that’s plagiarism. If you copy from two sources, it’s research.

I don’t copy from anywhere (that would be unethical and unprofessional, not to mention that I wouldn’t get paid) …

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This is my first blog of 2015, so I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. Mine was quiet but enjoyable: a lot of great conversation and Trivial Pursuit.

So for the first time I can say …

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It’s my first Christmas as Nick Blatchley Copywriting, and I feel a real sense of achievement getting here – and especially getting here with business growing all the time.

So I just want to wish a Merry Christmas to all …

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Everyone has different skills. I can keep very basic accounts, but I’ll need to hire an accountant if things ever start getting complicated. In the same way, I can offer my services to write copy, but in practice everyone needs …

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Reblogged from Writer Beware®: The Blog

Writer Beware is a blog mainly aimed at writers of fiction, but its latest post by Victoria Strauss is a chilling warning for both freelance copywriters and anyone who hires them to watch out …

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So what has ancient Greek philosophy got to do with modern approaches to business?

Let’s take Epicurus, perhaps the most misunderstood of all the Greek philosophers. His doctrine is often portrayed as advocating pure hedonism, and his name’s become a …

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In my last post, I mentioned that Halloween was quietly replaced in the seventeenth century by Guy Fawkes Night, because it was seen as suffering from the double whammy of being both pagan and catholic. The fake sacrifice on the …

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It’s Halloween today, so here’s a very brief history of the holiday. A complete history would probably run to several volumes.

Halloween’s a lot more than just a modern excuse for kids to get sweets. It goes back to the …