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The Disgustingly Simple Rule for Web Writing That’s Often Hard to Swallow

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on January 14, 2009. We’re bringing it back today because clear, concise writing on the web never goes out of style.

In 1964, Richard Hofstadter wrote a Pulitzer-prize-winning book called Anti-Intellectualism in America. This rich, thorough book exposed the thread of anti-intellectualism that runs through the culture of practical America.

For example, even though the founding fathers were sages, scientists, and men of cultivation, the Federalists attacked their curiosity and idealism as too trivial for important affairs.

Did you know there’s a thread of anti-intellectualism running through good web writing and design? In fact, web usability demands mindless writing and design.

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9 Copywriting Books for Web Writers

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Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth doesn’t care who you are — a blogger, freelance journalist, ghostwriter, or ad copywriter — if you are writing on the web, then you need to read these copywriting books.

Two are more recent than the others (and Influence by Robert Cialdini is not technically a direct response copywriting book).

But these are the books Demian would demand you read if teaching a ground-level graduate course on writing for the web, since so many principles of direct response copywriting obey the unbreakable law of the web.

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The 8 Rules of Ruthless Editing from David Mamet

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No one wants to write dull, lifeless copy that lulls even the most hyper people to sleep. Certainly not you, right? But why do we find it so hard to write what we want to say in the least amount of words — and still maintain potency?

It’s not easy because we tend to fall in love with what we write. We fear cutting out anything important. No matter how dead it is.

But how do we distinguish between the living words and the dead words? How do we identify the enticing sentences from the repulsive ones? It’s almost like we need someone to get in our faces and tell us.

Luckily, for you, America’s greatest living playwright is about to drill you.

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The Difference Between B2B and B2C Marketing (and Other Questions)

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What tools does the content marketer need to stay organized? What to do about subscribers who aren’t confirming their opt-in?

And what’s the difference in approach between B2B and B2C marketing?

Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer host Sonia Simone answers these questions (and a few more) this week …

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The 10 Rules of Rough Drafts

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Rough Draft host Demian Farnworth is about to destroy the lie that suggests your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great copy is born in a single moment of white hot inspiration.

One of the most famous white-hot inspiration ambush stories in American literary history involves Jack Kerouac, Beat Generation pioneer.

As the legend has it, Kerouac wrote On the Road, a 293-page novel, in three coffee-fueled weeks on one long, flowing scroll.

Now, that is true. He did do that. But it’s not the full truth.

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5 Ways to Create the Perfect Ending that Your Content Deserves

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The end of your article is one last final opportunity to catch and keep the attention of a reader. Don’t screw it up.

The sad thing is that the closing section of an article, sales letter, or an email is usually an afterthought. It’s something we writers rush to get to, and then we wipe our hands clean when we write that last word.

That’s unfortunate, because your closing is the one last opportunity you have to flag down a reader barreling through your article.

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