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I Wrote 300K Words By Hand In One Month

ByDarwisy Akmal bin Mohd
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It took me 340+ hours. Yet, I’m still glad I did it.

Yes, you read that right. 

And no, it’s not clickbait nor an exaggeration.

Nor have I gone mad (yet).

Before I get to why I even did this in the first place…

I need to explain what “copywork” is and how some of history’s greatest writers have used it to great effect.

And why you should consider doing this too, if you’re serious about improving your writing.

What is Copywork?

Copywork means to “copy” someone else’s writing (“work”).

You either type it out or write it by hand.

By doing so, you improve all aspects of your writing. From your writing style, to your vocabulary and paragraph structure – everything gets better when you copywork.

You don’t even need to know why the author writes the way they do. It requires no thinking on your part, the improvement happens subconsciously. 

Benjamin Franklin, Hunter S. Thompson and Jack London were amazing writers that credit their success through copywork.

Jack London is a clear-cut example of this.

Starting off as a new writer, he was faced with countless rejection letters. Admiring the works of Rudyard Kipling, he decided that he would copy his work by hand for hours on end every single day.

His efforts were not in vain.

London ended up being one of the first American authors to become an international celebrity and was an innovator in the genre that would later be known as “science fiction”.

He would not have been as successful as he was had he not done it and he acknowledges how important it was to his career later in his life:

“As to myself, there is no end of Kipling in my work. I have even quoted him. I would never possibly have written anywhere near the way I did had Kipling never been. True, true, every bit of it.” – Jack London

A Month of (Fruitful) Torture

As a newbie copywriter wandering through the internet, I stumbled upon the website that would change the trajectory of my life forever.

Copyskills.

A membership community for copywriters in the Global South. For only 20$ a month, you can access all the information and help you need to become a successful copywriter.

But I saw an attractive button on the website that I could click on.

It spelled out “Scholarship”.

To get a full-year scholarship to CopySkills, here’s what I had to do.

I had to copy by hand a 29,000-word, 69-page sales letter by the greatest copywriter in the world, Gary Bencivenga.

And I had to do it 10 times.

Then mail it.

So that’s what I did.

I used 267 sheets of paper and used up 12 pens. I wrote by hand 10+ hours every single day for an entire month. It was frankly, the most difficult thing I had ever done in my life.

There were plenty of times when I wanted to give up. All kinds of excuses popped up in my head.

“It’s only a one-year scholarship. It’s not even for a lifetime!”

“Just pay for the membership man, it’s not worth it!”

“Nobody would care that you did this. Don’t be stupid, just stop.”

But I kept going.

Because I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.

I wanted to do something that no one else has ever done.

And I wanted to be the best of the best, by copying the best.

Just like Jack London, I’m grateful that I stuck through with it.

My writing has noticeably improved by leaps and bounds. I landed an interview with the owner of Copyskills. I (proudly) stand out from every other copywriter out there on the market.

And it caught the attention of the person who would later be the co-founder of our direct-response marketing agency…

Leadmen Advertising.

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Here at Leadmen Advertising, we care about one thing and one thing only.

Sales.

We get you real-world results, not vanity metrics.

To find out more, check out www.leadmen-advertising.com

Or email me at [email protected]

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