A Twitter Thread on Reading Fiction to be a Good Copywriter

A Twitter Thread on Reading Fiction to be a Good Copywriter

Am I going to upset “the readers” of the creator economy who conveniently choose to be writers without reading fiction? Let’s see-  (0/9)

The writers of the creator economy or content writers and the esteemed copywriters, if they have read anything, maybe Atomic Habits and then The Subtle Art of not giving a Fcuk, which they have mastered pretty well. They don’t give a F*** about fiction or poetry. (1/9)

Sometimes peer pressure leads them to The Almanack but disappointingly, the majority such at storytelling because they have no foundation. Storytelling in the creator economy is misappropriated to news reading of popular facts in pop culture and finance. (2/9)

I am curious to know how many writers of the creator economy have a foundation on Aesop’s Fables or Panchatantra. How many aspirational copywriter or content writer understands fabulism or know about fabulist authors? (3/9)

And then those funny millennials who’d sell how to become a published author in 7 days prey on these gullible minds latching on to content, uhh, no, copywriting because that’s so cool. (4/9)

Anyway, we haven’t lost it all. Today is always a good time; hence, I urge every creator economy writer to realize the importance of reading fiction as an exercise to boost creative imagination and writing. (5/9)

I recommend the following books-

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel García Márquez
  2. Beloved- Toni Morrison
  3. Artful- Ali Smith
  4. The Metamorphosis- Franz Kafka
  5. Magic for Beginners- Kelly Link
  6. The Snow Child- Eowyn Ivey
  7. Midnight’s Children- Salman Rushdie (6/9)

As a writer, I write about science, technology, business, and marketing with equal flair because my reading helped me develop my understanding of language, and it is a language that fills books and websites to convey information. (7/9)

I never have to call myself a technical or creative writer; I am a writer who is a poet, supply chain insights writer indexed in the EU peer-reviewed Supply Chain journals, a business and tech journalist, and a creative consultant to small businesses. (8/9)

So, I urge every young and aspiring content and copywriter to grow as a writer first and let time decide if copy or content would be your calling! (9/9)

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