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How To Use Copywork to Find Your Voice

For centuries, aspiring writers have spent hours copying out the work of masters in order to learn the secrets of being a great writer.

We’ve gone into detail before about what copywork is and how you can use it to benefit your writing. The idea behind this practice is that copying out sentences, passages, or even entire works of excellent writers will grant you an understanding of what makes the writing so good, therefore giving you those tools to use in your own writing.

As well as generally improving your writing, the practice of copywork can also help you find your voice. You know—that unique, can’t-put-your-finger-on-it quality that makes each person’s writing sound distinctly theirs.

You may be wondering how imitating the work of another writer can help you discover your voice. I’ll admit, it does seem a bit counterintuitive.

Copywork can help you find your voice by giving you greater control, letting you try on different styles without committing to them, and helping you find inspiration.

Incorporating copywork into your writing practice helps you model your writing after the masters and find your voice in the process.

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What Is Copywork (and How to Use It to Establish a Daily Writing Routine)

“Copying is the highest form of flattery,” my parents would tell me whenever I was annoyed about my friends “copying” me. I didn’t believe them. (I was 8 years old at the time; can you blame me?)

But then I started college, and this “copying is flattery” came back to haunt me. My literature professors would tell me, “If you want to write like an academic, you need to read a lot of academic writing.”

So, essentially, if I wanted to do well in college literature courses, I had to figure out a way to copy these writers.Continue reading

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Become a Master Writer

Effortlessly Become a Celebrated, Creative, Prolific, and PRODUCTIVE Writer - Just Like the Best of All Time

This course is built around one of the best kept ancient secrets that master writers have used for the centuries to improve their own writing and craft.

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What if I told you that you could write like Hemingway? Or Maya Angelou? Or Aristotle?

If you've ever dreamed of becoming a world-famous professional writer, you've probably been frustrated with the process at some point.

Maybe you've felt like you don't have the time to sit down and write every day.

Maybe you've felt like when you do make the time, your mind is blank and you're lacking inspiration.

Maybe you daydream an amazing story, only to feel a disconnect when it’s time to actually sit down and write it.

Maybe you never even knew where to start, so you never did.  

Whatever your background and reasons, I've got good news for you:

You can become a master writer.
And you can do it in less than 1 hour a day!

All you need is a plan, the right technique, and a good teacher to guide you through the process.

Enter: Become a Master Writer 

What Is Become a Master Writer?

Become a Master Writer is an 8-week interactive online course ... delivered conveniently every day to your inbox. 

This program guides you through becoming a better writer using an ancient secret that has been implemented successfully by some of the world's most famous writers: copywork. 

Copywork is exactly what it sounds like. You find some writing that you like or can learn from, and sit down to copy it by hand (word for word, punctuation mark for punctuation mark, space for space).

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Here’s What You Can Expect When You Sign Up

You’ll not only uncover the best-kept secret to becoming a masterful writer, you’ll also receive other value, insights, and tips that will help you along your journey.
Get ready to:

Establish a regular writing habit. 

The program takes a systemized approach and gives you something to write about every day. Once you've developed this habit, it'll be easier to stick with it over the long haul.

Become a better thinker. 

The exercises in the program will slow down your brain and force you to contemplate new insights and perspectives.

Expand your vocabulary. 

As a writer, your vocabulary should never be too extensive. This program will help you develop an arsenal of words that (ultimately) helps you write faster. 

Learn what NOT to do. 

You'll start to notice patterns and find a tone and style that you identify with. On the flip side, you'll also learn which styles and tones you want to avoid in your writing.

Here’s what people are saying about the course

Lanna Lee Maheux

I like that it is structured to get me writing every day, even if it's not my own words, I am physically putting my pen to paper, and building that sort of practice.

Stacey Coleman

I have realized just how much I love writing! Gained a lot from this course.

Branko Mijatovic

I like copywork, it's sort of zen. I enjoy that. But the additional resources are great too, complimenting what I've learnt in the copywork lesson.

What Will You Get?

There are so many valuable takeaways!

With the Become a Master Writer course you'll get:


Copywork Excerpts and Daily Lessons

Every week, you’ll get five excerpts and prompts to work with. These will be accompanied by short lessons to help you understand the different nuances to pay attention to. Once a week, you’ll receive a writing prompt to apply what you’ve learned.


Additional Resources and Reading

We’ll also include links in every email to additional articles, essays, books, and resources we’ve curated so you can dig deeper into the week’s theme. (This is the part that will separate the hobbyists from the committed ... if you truly want to devote time and learning to becoming a master, you'll make the time for these extras.)


A variety of writing to learn from

The excerpts and short bursts will come from different styles, structures, authors, tones, ideologies, genres, and eras to help you practice and discover your own writing voice.


Weekly live mastermind call

Each Monday afternoon (EST) you will be invited to a live mastermind call with CYC Founder and course creator Elisa Doucette to review the past week’s assignments, answer questions, and prepare for the upcoming lessons.

The lessons are jam-packed with gold nuggets that will help you gain clarity and discover your voice.

Most students also report freedom from writer's block, finally establishing a routine that includes carving out time for writing, every single day.

Each week follows a theme that builds on the previous week's theme, and lessons designed to help you naturally progress:

  • Week One: Learning and Reading
  • Week Two: Language and Words
  • Week Three: Structure and Flow
  • Week Four: Concept and Premise
  • Week Five: Characters and Heroes
  • Week Six: Settings and Surroundings
  • Week Seven: Themes and (Life) Lessons
  • Week Eight: Voice and Style

And the best part?

You’ll learn everything from the masters of writing.

How Does It Work?

  1. Every day, you’ll receive a new lesson. It includes an excerpt to work from or a writing/learning prompt, along with an explanation of what to focus on as you do the work.

  2. Print it out, download it to a mobile device, or view it directly on your screen.

  3. Grab your notebook, legal pad, or other scratch paper ... and start writing.

  4. Click through the additional resources and materials we’ve curated for you to dig deeper into the lesson.

  5. Jump on our live mastermind call once a week to learn more, in real time, from the course creator herself!

While this might seem like a lot, you can do most (if not all) of the lessons themselves every day in 60 minutes or less.

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About The Course Teacher,
Elisa Doucette

Elisa is a professional writer, editor, and coach. (Which is a fancy career title way to explain that people pay her a great deal of money to do these things, and have for almost two decades.)

Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Forbes, Yahoo! Small Business, The Shine Network, The Huffington Post, and Brazen Careerist among others. Two of her columns have been syndicated (The Single Slice on MaineTodayMedia and Shattering Glass on Forbes.) Her short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and websites. She hosts the podcast Writers’ Rough Drafts, and has appeared as a guest on radio shows and podcasts around the web—such as The Writing Coach, Entrepreneurs on Fire, Smart Brand Marketing, Huffington Post Live, and The Business Of Writing. She's also found herself on stages around the world, speaking on topics like writing, creativity, content management, and entrepreneurship. When she's not doing all this, Elisa works as the Founder and Managing Editor of Craft Your Content, a virtual editing and writing coaching agency, that helps professional writers and entrepreneurs make their own words even better.

Here’s what people are saying about the course teacher

Taylor Pearson

Elisa's advice and counsel as an editor has proven invaluable as she has a deep understanding of both the business implications of content and what makes good writing in the first place.

Carrie McKeegan

Elisa has been such a gift to me in my pursuit to tell my business's story. I honestly think if it weren't for her, I would not have been able to get the courage or words to land a writing gig I was excited about, nor the accountability and forward progress to keep it.

Ryan Paugh

Elisa's ability to craft a story has a rare panache that you won't find in most content creators. She shows not only creativity and vision, but a keen focus on systems and processes - a real double threat.

How Can You Actually Apply This to Your Writing Career and Business?

The art of storytelling is always becoming more and more important

People would much rather learn their lessons from someone’s engaging and fascinating story than from a boring, detail-packed blog post.

After all, stories are how we remember.

But many writers have, weirdly, lost their storytelling skills as they write more.

Every piece of advice from writers that you read online, famous bloggers, and even your favorite authors of all time have the same advice for how to become a world-renowned (or at least professional!) writer …

Write… write… and WRITE SOME MORE!

If you wrote all the time—and it was easy—then of course you’d become better over time. You’d have more samples and ideas to draw from, and you’d even be able to put together stories and blogs from all of those ideas.

The writing excerpts you'll study from these masters are pieces that have stood the test of time. That means the principles you learn here can easily be applied, even in today's fast-paced world.

You’ll learn from some of the best narrative artistry available, without having to search for it and figure out what you are supposed to learn.

Imagine as writer’s block becomes a thing of the past—stories just come to you, and your writing problems fade away into the rear-view mirror as you become a master writer day by day.


Don’t wait! Look at what other past students have to say about this course

Jewel Aldea

I was excited about the idea that there was so much to learn! And I just kept pushing myself to find out what kind of writing is actually in my wheelhouse.

Rachel Mazza

I am seeing now that I can allow myself to write in my own "voice" and not everything I write needs to be all-business-all-the-time. BAMW allowed me to write for pleasure, so I can start writing about my own opinions and ideas again.

Mariza Monteiro

The content is great, but I really love the intros from Elisa for every lesson. Her style is so personal, I feel like she actually wrote it directly to me. That's the type of voice I want to emulate.

Frequently Asked Questions​faqs

What if there’s no way I can set aside time every day to do this?

Do I have to hand write it? 

Do I have to do the WHOLE thing? 

How is handwriting a more cognitive experience? 

Will there be (Classical, Fiction, Blog Posts, Insert Writing Genre Here) excerpts? I hate reading that stuff. 

What happens if I fall behind? 

Do I have to read the additional stuff?  

What if I can’t make a Monday live mastermind call? 

What is a writing master class? 

Won’t I lose my unique voice/writing style if I copy others?

Do I really get 60 comprehensive lessons and 8 weekly mastermind calls for just $299?

How do you reprint excerpts and essays from writers and authors? 

Still have some questions about copywork?

Copywork allows you to:

  • “Walk in the same shoes” as your favorite authors
  • Retrace their footsteps and find out what they felt like when they were writing
  • Learn the EXACT same creative writing process that they used to become great writers
  • Learn how to write without thinking about what to write—to melt into the “flow state”

I know, you’re probably thinking, How on earth would I ever learn to become a better, more consistent writer by copying someone else’s work?” 

Well, you’d be joining a pretty esteemed group of famous writers and thinkers who’ve used this exact method to develop their own craft.

And they all admit that it has been a driving force to their success as writers.

Master Writers Who Used Copywork

  • Hunter S. Thompson copied F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls so he could feel what it was like to write a classic novel—and it worked!
  • Virgil copied Homer (and Plato copied Socrates … copying your teacher’s writing was one of the only ways to get your essays circulated in Ancient Rome and Greece.)
  • Stephen King notes in his writing theory book On Writing that he copied releases of his favorite horror short stories and graphic novels as a child to teach himself how the authors wrote.
  • Benjamin Franklin copied interesting newspaper articles as a teen to learn how to write for publication.
  • Buddhist monks handwrite ancient sutras and aphorisms again and again and again until the prose is etched into their mind.

By following their exact process, then you can become a great writer, too. In fact, almost every great writer has learned by doing some form of copywork, even if they were unaware of the term.

Our modern education system doesn’t allow for this technique to be taught anymore, because standardized tests and methods have taken over English classes. They don’t teach you anything about:

  • How to write a good story
  • How to use dramatic pacing
  • How to affect people’s emotions with words

Fortunately for you, no one has to have a special talent for writing to learn through copywork ... anybody with a pen and paper can do it!

And when you apply it consistently? 

Your writing success follows naturally.

Whatever your writing goals and dreams, Become a Master Writer will help you build a strong foundation that will accelerate your writing career.

You’ll love...

  • The sense of a writer’s freedom of expression
  • The strength in becoming a powerful writer
  • Learning what was going on inside the minds of history’s greatest writers
  • Knowing how to put together words in a beautiful way
  • Knowing how to deliver a story and develop characters or subjects with perfect dramatic pacing

You can finally…

  • Finish that authority statement piece. 
  • Start that book. 
  • Take your business content to a whole new level. 
  • Submit your articles to paid magazines and newspapers.

They say copying may be the highest form of flattery, but you’ll see that it’s also the quickest way to become a great writer yourself.

Before I go...

I wanted to give you a quick bit of personal backstory to this course. People have asked me for years "how" - how I write the way I do, how I think the way I do, how I've built the business I have. This course is a BIG part of that explanation.

I spent over 1000 hours working on it, and that's not including the 400+ books and essays I read through to pull excerpts from.

You are getting decades of my learning, experience, and insights when you enroll. This is truly my passion project, I hope you'll find as much joy in joining me as I've had creating it.

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4 Proven Strategies to Improve Your Writing Day by Day

You’re fiercely committed to being the best writer you can be. But sustaining that level of commitment amid the chaos of life can be hard.

Let’s face it. On top of writing, we have responsibilities. It might be an urgent professional obligation. Maybe it’s a family matter or even just a creative slowdown you can’t explain.

When your craft is a creative pursuit like writing, the path to consistent improvement—on a schedule you can maintain—isn’t always clear.

Fortunately, there are small steps we can take every day to remove the resistance and improve our writing.

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