Writers who Were in the Ad Business First

Photo: Kelly Wilson, 2011

Photo: Kelly Wilson, 2011

While it might seem like selling out, advertising can also be a great training ground when it comes to storytelling craft.

(In fact, a few years back, when I was looking to leave the ad business and jump into an MFA program, I noticed at least one prominent MFA program that offered classes in How to Succeed in Advertising. I guess the grass is always greener.)

As Salman Rushdie said about the writing habits he gained as a copywriter: 

"I now write exactly like that. I write like a job. I sit down in the morning and I do it. And I don't miss deadlines. I do feel that a lot of the professional craft of writing is something I learnt from those years in advertising and I'll always be grateful for it."

Check out this article to see who was in the Ad Biz before they made their literary mark.