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Job Description - Writer

What is the work like? Writers produce works of fiction and non-fiction. They may work on: novels short stories poetry scripts for radio, TV, film or theatre non-fiction books newspaper and magazine articles, from news and features to opinion...

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Leaders

After all these years, I still don't 'get' Facebook.

Do you remember when Tony Blair said he couldn't use a computer? I do, because it infuriated me. At the time, he was leader of one the world's largest economies and democracies, and there he was, smirking gleefully about the fact that he couldn't...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Leaders

Can I kick it? What's wrong with the World Cup 2014 logo?

Is there anything wrong with a writer reviewing a logo? After all, very few of us know our way around Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, and I've never met a writer who went to design school. If then, you do think we have no business sounding off about...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Inspiration

Six ways in which 'copywriting' differs from 'writing'.

When people ask what I do for a living, I tend to get in a terrible flap. This is largely because I do a variety of things. I pen pieces about music, I blog about advertising and the creative industry (obviously), I present podcasts and radio...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

Remember my name. Why aren't there more famous copywriters?

by Magnus Shaw. Almost 2013 and the general appetite for celebrity displays no signs of abating. Not only do we have a voracious interest in those who are famous, but we're carrying an insatiable hunger to be well-known ourselves. Forget...

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Features

Spotlight - Max Polak - Art director

- View Max’s Creativepool profile “I started my creative career as a graffiti writer and was priveleged enough to work with the likes of Banksy, Revok & Aroe MSK. I then moved into fashion and worked as a graphics and branding designer...

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Features

Can copy-writing be taught?

by Magnus Shaw. In the distant past, I trained to be a croupier. A roulette dealer, to be accurate. Roulette is fairly complicated and the dealer must be aware of every aspect of the game in progress - monitoring when the bets go down, who has won,...

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Workshop

Opinions - What if a creative doesn't feel creative?

by Ashley Morrison I've been working very hard every single day for the past couple of weeks. Till silly o'clock. Being freelance, when the work comes along, I don't really feel able to say no. After all, in the current economic climate, to trot out...

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Opinions - Fancy a fight? Join LinkedIn

by Ashley Morrison But not just any sort of fight. LinkedIn doesn't provide a sort of Brad Pitt / Edward Norton-inspired forum or portal where the first rule about Online Fight Club is that you don't talk about Online Fight Club. (Sorry if you...

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Inspiration

Thanks but no thanks - the rejection letter from hell.

The Great Depression aside, there has rarely been a worse time to apply for a job. And yet for anyone leaving college or school, or simply attempting to recover from the cruelty of redundancy, it has never been more essential. So with high hopes and...

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Workshop

Portfolio Critique: Copywriter takes on adidas

Isabella Ciardelli, a current account co-ordinator seeking to become a future copywriter, threw her book my way for a nice and friendly portfolio critique. She took on powerhouse brand adidas and also showed off her bilingual skillset in a campaign...

Posted by: Kevin Forister
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Inspiration

Back to advertising.

I'm always impressed by people who plan their career. Or rather people who plan their career and realise those plans. Planning stuff is easy, making it happen is something else - particularly in this business. Let's say, on your first day in the ad...

Posted by: Magnus Shaw
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Features

5 minutes with... Andrew J Brown - Creative Director at Brass

"A new agency 28 years young. Brass is a new breed of marketing communications agency. Using new insight, ideas and technology, we help clients succeed in a world of constant change." What do you actually do? Work on strategy and creative delivery...

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Features

5 minutes with... Paul Franklin - Creative Director at Heavenly

"Heavenly is a branding agency established in 2002. We believe in capturing people's imagination with refreshing brand strategy and iconic creative work. We work the world over. From America and Russia to the Middle East and India. With the biggest...

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Workshop

How much should I charge as a Freelance Writer?

A guide to writing rates, with tips and advice on how to price your freelance services Writers are masters of words, weavers of stories and often incredible storytelling enthusiasts. When writing freelance and online, structure is their best friend,...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Leaders

Hadrian's Wall plays host to a mobile writer's sanctuary

As a writer, I know all too well that finding a place of true solitude in this world of perpetual distraction is no mean feat. Not only do we have to live in a constant battle with the very tools we use to ply our trade (social media is a wonderful...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

Writer's "I quit" video goes viral

We’ve all had fantasies about various ways of quitting our jobs. In fact, some of you out there may even have turned freelance because you just couldn’t take the permanent life any more - either because of your boss or the work itself....

Posted by: Ashley Morrison
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Industry

How to choose a Copywriter

The written word is a funny thing. It’s something `almost all of us have a basic understanding of and use every day to reply to emails, forward distracting memes to our co-workers and message our significant others about dinner. But how often...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

The value of balancing commercial and personal projects - #MemberSpotlight

All work and no play... well, you know the rest. It is hardly a coincidence that Jack from the Shining was a writer, and thus, a creative professional himself; the importance of balancing commercial and personal projects is much discussed in recent...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Discussing the power of storytelling with a Group Creative Director

Where would we be without stories? Stories have the power to change minds, inspire creativity and drive change. In the hands of the right leaders, stories can change the world forever. The Writer's Group Creative Director Charli Nordone certainly...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Turning failures into successes - #CompanySpotlight

If you need proof that persistence pays off, all you should do is listen to Ampersans's story. Born out of hundreds of agency rejections and some failed internships, Ampersans is the crystalised dream of a creative who wouldn't take 'no' for an...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

Are You In Your Own Way?

For the last few years I’ve immersed myself in the lives of great artists, writers, performers and musicians. I’ve read memoirs and biographies; listened to radio programmes and podcasts; watched documentaries and biopics. Over time...

Posted by: Richard Holman
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Inspiration

The best free apps to boost your creative productivity

I know, I know - it's February already. Where did the first month of the year go? Most likely, in loads of planning for the year to come, and a healthy amount of procrastination too. As usual, the New Year came with its usual amount of hopeful...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Workshop

5 healthy freelance habits to keep even after the pandemic

Freelancers had an interesting year. Alongside events and production, the freelance industry was the most hit and the one that took some of the hardest blows - especially when certain governments started to ignore their needs. With the wave of...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

Why I chose to be a creative

There are few things as painful as hearing your own parents laugh (or facepalm) when you say that you want to become a writer for a living. There are few things as painful as other departments in university mocking you and your classmates because...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Inspiration

Forging ahead as a director in the freelance industry - #MemberSpotlight

How do you make the jump from a car manufacturer to freelance filmmaking? Will Riddell, freelance director and producer, might know a thing or two about that. Having worked for some years in APA production, Will set up his own company in 2017 to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Industry

Behind the Idea: nailing natural and clever humour with Zulu Alpha Kilo

You can tell at first glance why Zulu Alpha Kilo was an Annual 2020 Gold Winner. Their hilarious campaign for Bell, the largest telecommunications provider in Canada, is a testimony to the team's mastery and it's just so incredibly hilarious to...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

From Space Monkeys to ITV Creative with ECD Tony Pipes

Surely Executive Creative Director of ITV Creative Tony Pipes knew that someday his Space Monkeys would lead him to love everything and anything creative. What he probably didn't know was that he would become such a successful leadership figure in...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Leaders

Freelancing through a Pandemic - With Content Strategist Nick Carson

Surely Nick Carson has seen quite a lot in his many years as a Content Strategist and Copywriter. But all of his freelance and creative experience couldn't possibly prepare him for what 2020 had in store - a global pandemic that put a halt to a...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Inspiration

The Best 30 Websites for Creative Inspiration

Of course we are in the list. Any creative professional will need some daily inspiration to overcome the occasional roadblock at work. It’s just the way things are - we need to look at art to remain inspired. Whether you are a designer, an...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo
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Features

All creatives are plagiarists

If we strictly look at the meaning of the word, plagiarism means taking someone else's work and claiming it is your own. It is not just stealing; it is more vicious and twisted. Like admitting you have no ideas for yourself. Yet most creatives are...

Posted by: Antonino Lupo

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