Copywork allows you to:
- “Walk in the same shoes” as your favorite authors
- Retrace their footsteps and find out what they felt like when they were writing
- Learn the EXACT same creative writing process that they used to become great writers
- Learn how to write without thinking about what to write—to melt into the “flow state”
I know, you’re probably thinking, “How on earth would I ever learn to become a better, more consistent writer by copying someone else’s work?”
Well, you’d be joining a pretty esteemed group of famous writers and thinkers who’ve used this exact method to develop their own craft.
And they all admit that it has been a driving force to their success as writers.
Master Writers Who Used Copywork
- Hunter S. Thompson copied F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls so he could feel what it was like to write a classic novel—and it worked!
- Virgil copied Homer (and Plato copied Socrates … copying your teacher’s writing was one of the only ways to get your essays circulated in Ancient Rome and Greece.)
- Stephen King notes in his writing theory book On Writing that he copied releases of his favorite horror short stories and graphic novels as a child to teach himself how the authors wrote.
- Benjamin Franklin copied interesting newspaper articles as a teen to learn how to write for publication.
- Buddhist monks handwrite ancient sutras and aphorisms again and again and again until the prose is etched into their mind.
By following their exact process, then you can become a great writer, too. In fact, almost every great writer has learned by doing some form of copywork, even if they were unaware of the term.
Our modern education system doesn’t allow for this technique to be taught anymore, because standardized tests and methods have taken over English classes. They don’t teach you anything about:
- How to write a good story
- How to use dramatic pacing
- How to affect people’s emotions with words
Fortunately for you, no one has to have a special talent for writing to learn through copywork ... anybody with a pen and paper can do it!
And when you apply it consistently?
Your writing success follows naturally.