Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #3 of 43: E-Mail Inspiration

Have you watched FOX NEWS, and particular "The O'Reilly Factor"? At the end of each show, Mr. O'Reilly always throws out a word that many people have never heard of. He uses it in a sentence. Many people like this part of the show, and you can copy the idea. Sign up for a word of the day service to be delivered to your e-mail or simply go to a Word of the Day Service. Before you start your day, write a page inspired by that word. Use multiple definitions if possible, and see if you can find more than one word of the day program to give you variety. You can also get writing prompts emailed to you from various writing sites. Today's word for instance is "lobcourse". Do you know what that word means? It means a sailor's dish of stewed or baked meat with vegetables and hardtack. You will get a sentence for that word, and you will get other information about it. People love this or they would not have this on the O'Reilly Factor. However, you can expand on the idea by giving the word, definition, using it in a sentence, and/or supplying more information.

I will guarantee that many employees will look forward to every issue of your newsletter. Many people in your workplace do not have formal education or have English as a second language. This employees will be especially happy about your newsletter. Even if they do, they probably have not heard of these words. So you have a great, educational, and interest newsletter item with this idea.

Do you need more work done for you when it comes to employee newsletters. Here is a super exciting idea. Subscribe to a newsletter that 1) Is completely done when it arrives in your e-mail inbox, however one that is still completely and utterly editable in MS Publisher or MS Word. Also, a service where you can change the name of the newsletter and, get this add, edit, or delete articles. We found this resource. You can even change the name of the thing! It is called FrontLine Employee. Get a free trial at: FrontLine Employee newsletter.

Okay here is the name of one service, but you can Google for more: An example is http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #2: Brainstorm Spiral

Start with the subject that's blocking you at the very center of your page, then start writing everything that comes to mind in a spiral around it. If you run out of paper, start with a new focus on a fresh page. When you're done with the spiral, draw lines from your original topic to the things with which you plan to connect it. Write using these ideas as starting points. For a free trial subscription to an editable, reproducible newsletter for your company that focuses on health, wellness, productivity, communication, and managing stress -- and get this -- you can edit and change the name to call it your own, go to www.workexcel.com

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