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.

In this 10-minute episode of Rough Draft with Demian Farnworth, you’ll discover:

  • What to do if your copy is compelling but too slow
  • What happens when you confuse features and benefits
  • How to keep your first sentence from sabotaging your article
  • The one rule about your hero you can’t forget (or people will neglect what you write)
  • What silent films can teach you about great copy
  • The only question that really matters

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