David Ogilvy: How to Write

David Ogilvy: How to Write

Back in 1982, advertising copywriter David Ogilvy sent out a memo on how to write.

As he noted, the better you write, the higher you will go in Ogilvy & Mather (the advertising agency he founded).

While these hints are great for advertising copywriters, they are also generally valuable to book authors as well (except, of course, tip #5: Never write more than two pages on any subject). Tip #5 would be hard to follow as a book author. It’s hard to bind two pages into a stand-alone book.

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