David Ogilvy is one of the most sourced and respected advertisers the industry has ever seen. This classic ad man or “mad man” set the stage and the standards for the advertising world, and his ideas are still relevant today.
“Good writing is not a natural gift. You have to learn to write well”
Here are David Ogilvy’s top tips for writing:
1. Read the Roman-Raphaelson book on writing*. Read it three times.
2. Write the way you talk. Naturally.
3. Use short words, short sentences and short paragraphs.
4. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
5. Never write more than two pages on any subject.
6. Check your quotations.
7. Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning—and then edit it.
8. If it is something important, get a colleague to improve it.
9. Before you send your letter or your memo, make sure it is crystal clear what you want the recipient to do.
10. If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.
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