The Idea Writers PDF summary by Teressa Iezzi

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If you´re a copywriter, you probably know all this already. At least if you´re a good one. With that said, I still think that you should read the book because the best copywriters never acknowledge themselves to be the best. Perhaps you´re thinking: "Hey, I´ve already read so much about communication in general and copywriting in particular – I´m more interested in books in different areas that can boost my existing knowledge in copywriting".

Fuck that. Everybody needs to go back to the basics from time to time. I think that by doing so you get more out of everything you do in practice. It is how theory boosts practice in an agile way; learning the foundations, start experimenting by yourself and then go back to the basics again to refine the next loop of practice. I promise that you´ll look at things from a different perspective. The Idea Writers PDF summary is a nice read, but don´t forget to read the whole book as well. Check out Teressa Iezzis website to learn more about her work.

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This book is a must read for any copywriter and anyone looking to understand the new realities of the brand creativity business. A memorable slogan has been the cornerstone of every great ad campaign. In the past, writing one great headline could launch a career. But today's advertising campaigns are interactive, multi-platform and ongoing, and the copywriter's canvas is vast. At any given time, a copywriter may be conceiving a video game, writing a TV show, maintaining a Twitter feed, creating a mobile app or an interactive installation or, yes, writing a headline or a TV script. While the best copywriters have always been brand storytellers, now that story can play out anywhere. The digital revolution put control in the hands of the people – the audience – now no longer just consumers, but active participants in a brand's story.

The art and science of advertising has gone from creating one-way messages to engaging audiences in ongoing conversations. A new ad landscape means new opportunities for writers who now have the incredible opportunity to push brand narrative to places it's never been before and to actually create something so useful or entertaining that it generates its own audience. It also means that many of the rules of the past – while exceedingly worthy of study – are insufficient to guide the modern copywriter. Co-published with AdvertisingAge, The Idea Writers outlines the changing landscape of the advertising industry while providing useful how-to advice.

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Who is Teressa Iezzi?

Teressa Iezzi is a New York-based writer and editor. She is a staff editor at Fast Company, covering all things creative in advertising and marketing, entertainment, tech and culture. She edits Fast Company’s creativity channel, Co.Create. Previously, she was editor of Advertising Age’s Creativity, which covers all things creative in advertising, design and popular culture. She is a frequent speaker on creativity and popular culture at industry events and in the media.



  • David MacGregor
    September 16, 2012

    You noted most of the key ideas. Now. How do you add value to the process?

  • Kim Hartman
    September 16, 2012

    Hi David, nice to meet you.

    Do you mean how I add value to the process as a copywriter? I don’t think that you can take a model straight off and make it yours, you have to take the parts that you feel fits yourself and your way of working and build an own idea of your own process. When I combine the parts that are the most important to me with my own ideas, I customize the wisdom to myself. If you build upon ideas that you think are great and take the insights from them you will end up with something really good in the end. Or did I misinterpret your question?

    The notes are directly from the book. The reason to why I take these notes is that it makes me remember the keys of every book. When I’m working on a project and need inspiration I look through my notes and try to put them in the context of the project that I´m currently are working on. It works fine for me, because it makes me look at the things that I’m working on from many different perspectives and therefore leads to new ideas.

    I was writing a communication plan for a company a month ago and before I started to write, I looked through these notes and marked the things that were relevant to the specific company as well as their market. That is when you have added value to the process, I think; when you manage to transform generic knowledge to specific and vice versa.

    What do you think?