Is Copywriting Stressful? The Cold Hard Truth

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You’ve probably heard whispers (or maybe loud debates) in digital corridors about how the world of copywriting can either feel like riding a unicorn over rainbows or wrestling a T-Rex in a sandstorm.

Crazy analogy? Maybe. But it paints a picture of the spectrum of experiences copywriters navigate daily.

Now, there’s no denying that words wield immense power. Heck, content marketing gets three times the leads per dollar spent compared to paid search.

Neal Schaffer content marketing

And who crafts that content? Yep, our trusty copywriters. But, for all its glitz and glamour, is copywriting as great as it seems? Or is there a hurricane of stress behind those catchy headlines and compelling CTAs?

Before you start imagining copywriters either sipping mojitos on a beach or tearing their hair out in dim-lit rooms (although, both might occasionally be true), let’s dive deep.

Together, we’re going to unpack what makes copywriting tick, the pressures that come with the territory, and most importantly–how you, whether you’re a seasoned copywriter or a business owner, can navigate this dynamic terrain without losing your cool.

Ready to get started? Let’s roll.

First, What Makes Copywriting Exciting

Alright, let’s take a minute to forget the deadlines, the demanding clients, and yes, even that dreaded writer’s block. Let’s zoom in on why so many dive into the copywriting pool and absolutely love swimming in it.

1. The Power of Words: Have you ever read a line that gave you chills? Or maybe an ad that made you immediately click “Buy Now”? That’s the magic of copywriting. Words have the power to evoke emotions, drive actions, and heck, even change lives.

In fact, businesses that prioritize blogging are 13 times more likely to achieve a positive ROI on their efforts. But it’s not just the stats, it’s the rush of seeing your words move people, and businesses, forward.

Every time you write, visualize your reader’s reaction. Are they nodding, smiling, or even teary-eyed? When you tap into emotions, you make a lasting impact.

2. Creativity on Demand: Now, I get it. Some might think, “Carmine, isn’t that a tad stressful?” But here’s the flip side: Imagine being handed a blank canvas every day and painting whatever you want!

Sure, there’s a theme or a topic, but how you approach it? It’s like being a chef in a digital kitchen, constantly whipping up new recipes. And the best part? There’s no “one-size-fits-all.” Originality is your best buddy.

Feeling stuck? Browse different industries or media formats. Drawing inspiration from unexpected places can lead to your next killer headline or narrative.

3. Shaping Brands & Driving Results: The beauty of copywriting? You’re not just writing. You’re crafting identities, molding brands, and heck, even influencing sales trajectories.

Think about it: about 37% of consumers would rather see videos from their favourite brands. Who do you think pens the snazzy scripts behind those?

Consumer brand engagement on social

Dive deep into understanding a brand’s ethos before you write. When your words align with their core, it’s not just copy anymore – it’s brand storytelling.

What Makes Copywriting Stressful

Alright, let’s shift gears for a moment. We’ve chatted about the sizzle and sparkle of the copywriting world. But, just like those Instagram pics with the perfect filters, there’s another side to the story.

Let’s peel back the curtain and look at the challenges that can turn that writer’s high into… well, a bit of a low.

1. Tight Deadlines: The digital world? It’s faster than Usain Bolt on a caffeine rush. Brands want to stay ahead, and guess what? They need content yesterday. About 41% of businesses don’t have a documented content strategy, which often means last-minute rushes and late-night hustle.

Percentage of undocumented content strategy

The key is to plan, plan, and then plan some more. Invest in a digital calendar or project management tool. Stay ahead of the game, so you aren’t caught off-guard.

2. Client Expectations: Ever heard, “I don’t know what I want, but this isn’t it”? Yep, it’s the classic client conundrum. Balancing their vision, audience needs, and your creative instincts? It’s like juggling flaming swords while riding a unicycle.

Nail down specifics before you start. Detailed briefs, reference materials, feedback loops – get them in place. A clear roadmap can save you from many a detour.

3. Creative Burnout: Imagine trying to squeeze juice out of an empty fruit. Ouch. The pressure to churn out innovative content continuously can leave even the best feeling drained.

Variety is the spice of life. Mix up your projects, take scheduled breaks, and invest in learning. New perspectives can reignite that creative spark.

4. Keeping Up With Trends: Digital landscapes? They change faster than fashion trends in Hollywood. A style or platform that’s hot today could be ice cold tomorrow. And as copywriters, staying updated sometimes feels like chasing a mirage.

Dedicate some time each week to industry news, webinars, or courses. Being in the know doesn’t just boost your confidence but ensures your content isn’t singing 90s hits in a 2020s world.

How to Manage The Stress of Being a Copywriter

So, I’ve spilled the beans on what might get a copywriter’s pulse racing for all the wrong reasons. But hey, life’s all about solutions, right?

Here’s the gold: how to take that stress, toss it in a blender, and turn it into a supercharged smoothie of productivity and well-being.

Let’s get down to business!

1. Time Management: Here’s a fun fact: most professionals prefer to work alone when they’re maxing out their productivity. But solo or not, time’s a fickle friend. Make it work for you!

Chunk your tasks. Set specific blocks for brainstorming, drafting, revising, and breaks. And, oh boy, stick to ’em. You’ll be amazed at how much you get done when you’re dancing with the clock.

2. Communication: Remember that game of ‘Broken Telephone’ from school? It’s a nightmare in the copy world. Misunderstandings can lead to hours of rework and a bucketload of stress.

Have regular check-ins with clients or your team. Over-communicate if you must. It’s always better to ask one too many questions than to head down the wrong rabbit hole.

3. Regular Breaks: Your brain’s not a machine (even if it feels like it sometimes). A study found that taking short breaks can increase productivity. So, yeah, that five-minute YouTube cat video? Totally justified.

Use techniques like the Pomodoro–25 minutes of intense work followed by a 5-minute break. Or just stretch, breathe, or gaze out the window. Your brain will thank you.

4. Continuous Learning: The digital world’s a whirlwind of change. But here’s the trick: Learning isn’t just about keeping up; it’s your secret weapon against burnout.

Dedicate a few hours each week for upskilling. Whether it’s a new writing tool, SEO hacks, or design basics, adding new arrows to your quiver can rekindle the joy of creation.

5. Setting Boundaries: Now, here’s the zinger: Being ‘always on’ doesn’t mean you’re at your best. It’s about setting times when you’re in the zone and times when you’re off the grid.

Set clear working hours and stick to them. When you’re done, really be done. Your work, your well-being, and your Netflix queue will all be better for it.

Final Thoughts on Stress and Copywriting

I’ve been in copywriting and marketing for 10+ years. It’s stressful. There’s no doubt about it, but there are things you can do to make it easier. Setting boundaries with your time and clients, having a focused environment, taking breaks, and doing things outside of work are essential.

But, copywriting is amazing, too. You get to work on fun projects, grow, and earn some serious money. Don’t let the downsides scare you away, because those can be optimized.

If you want to get mentorship from me and take your writing skills to the next level, explore my online courses.

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