-When you want to pack some power into your writing, whether it is a post or something else, first: decide what you want your reader to feel. Seriously, I cannot imagine more crucial advice! Follow this one thing, and you can’t go wrong! Helpful whether you are writing a speech, a blog, a book even a poem (especially a poem!) But wait, there’s more– His point of view may or may not appeal to you, but the principles are sound, thanks to Frank McKinley!
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There’s nothing worse than being boring.
We are emotional creatures. We’re attracted to things and people that make us feel good or make the pain go away.
We call logical what our emotions tell us is right.
Be intentional. Before you write the first word, decide what emotions you want your reader to feel.
Here’s a flow you can use:
- Show your reader you feel his pain. Identify the frustration, the struggle, and the setbacks she’s going through.
- Assure her it’s okay to feel these things, and you don’t blame her for feeling that way.
- Offer hope that things can — and will — be better soon.
If you were telling a story, it looks like this:
- Show the hero in his ordinary, frustrating, dull world.
- Give him a call to adventure.
- Put him through a conflict to overcome.
- Have him come through it better, stronger, and more prosperous.
As a writer, you’re a tour guide. Make it a trip worth taking, won’t you?
Decide what you want your reader to do.
The best writers are change agents.
You know you’ve seen a good movie when you’re inspired to reach for the stars afterward.
You’ve read a great blog post when you have a plan of action in hand at the end.
If you’re not motivating your reader to do something, why are you writing?
Copywriters make money when people do things:
- Sign up for an email list.
- Request an appointment.
- Make a purchase.
Effective writing moves people to act.
Work backward as you write.
When you plan a trip, you choose a destination before you crank your car.
If you don’t, how will you know when you’ve arrived?
When you choose the emotion, you want your reader to feel and the action you want her to take, you choose your destination.
Then it’s easy to plan your post. You fill in the blanks that answer these questions:
What do I want?
What will it take?
What challenges will I face?
When you know where you’re going, it’s a lot easier to find the answers.
Appeal to emotions first.
Why do you watch your favorite TV show?
Because it’s not boring.
It’s not boring because it invites you into an emotional experience.
Any actor worth his salt is a master at conveying the precise emotions that add power to a scene. If he fails, his performance isn’t credible.
It’s the same with copywriting.
As Elmer Wheeler said years ago, “You sell the sizzle, not the steak.”
People buy drills because they want holes. They go on vacation because they want an escape from the everyday. They ride roller coasters for the adrenaline rush.
Ask yourself, “How will people feel when they read my story? What feeling will motivate them to act on my suggestions?
Write to evoke that feeling.
The truth is we’re all manipulators. Every time you interact with someone, you’re manipulating him or her. You want to be liked, so you ingratiate yourself. You change people’s experience by showing up or staying away. Even your facial expressions can set the tone for someone’s day.
If you’ll just go ahead and admit that you manipulate, you’ll be more effective as a writer.
Give them an enemy to fight.
There’s nothing like a war to bring people together.
When you and someone else have a common enemy, it’s wise to join forces and fight him.
We all want to survive. Chances are you’re writing about dreams that get threatened, derailed, and killed. Your weapons are encouragement, strategies, and hope that a better future awaits.
Wrap your message in hope.
What do Mother Teresa, Barack Obama, and Infamous Cult Leader Jim Jones have in common?
I know. You’re scratching your head and saying, “Frank, you’ve lost your mind. There’s nothing they have in common.”
Or you might say 2 out of 3 do.
You can’t deny that all three were very persuasive.
They gave hope to their followers.
Mother Teresa gave poor people hope that someone cared about their plight.
Barack Obama gave millions of frustrated Americans hope that change would do the nation good.
Jim Jones gave his people hope that what lay ahead was far better than life in this awful world.
What hope are you giving your readers that will move them to do and believe great things?
Add logic to support the choice you want them to make.
We’ve established that people buy things emotionally.
They use logic to justify to themselves that they made the right choice.
You buy the Mustang instead of the Honda because you deserve to ride in style.
You vacation in the Florida Keys because that’s what the cool people do — and you’re cool.
You buy a bigger house than you need because you want to look successful to your friends.
And if you make a bad decision, you logically conclude, “What else could I have done?”
You’re competing with countless other voices broadcasting similar messages. Take a cue from the copywriter and write words that sell. The best logic is that which confirms what people already want to do.
Now You’re Ready to Write Some Killer Blog Posts
You’ve just been given a crash course in human behavior.
The principles are as old as time. They’ll never expire, go bad, or fade out of style. If you want to make your mark in the blogosphere, you can’t afford to ignore what you just read.
Next time you write, use these principles to edit your work. Worry more about impact than perfect grammar. So long as your readers understand and relate to you, you’ll be a great writer.
Use these keys regularly and:
- People will read your posts all the way to the end
- They’ll share them with everyone they know
- They’ll rave about you and follow you wherever you go
Frank would love to hear how this works for you. He says, “Put this to work, and you’ll be a major influencer in record time!”