Monday, December 17, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 43: Space and Time

Take a set break from your work, and don't think about it at all.  Keep your focus on other things, such as cleaning or maintenance tasks that need to be accomplished.  This may feel like procrastination, but if you have been staring at the blank screen feeling blocked, you aren't getting anything done anyway.  When you return from your break, your mind should be refreshed and ready to start writing again.  If not, give it some more time; it may turn out you work better on a tighter deadline anyway. Would like your own newsletter completely done for you each month? Seriously. And for one low price? Think up a title, give us your logo, send us to your website. If you have over 100 employees, we will create a unique and professional nameplate-masthead look just for you FOR FREE. - http://eaptools.com/images/nameplates.jpg

Monday, December 10, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 42: Spread Thin

Distill your topic down to its most basic form, to the point that you can describe it in one or two words.  Then explode the idea outwards from there—perhaps using the webbing technique (bubbles with connecting lines).  Don't neglect to put down any possible aspect, from technical definitions to poetic descriptions to the ways it will impact future generations.  Exhaust all of the possible ways you could talk about your topic until you find something that strikes your muse's fancy. Save money. One low annual subscription to FrontLine Employee serves your entire organization--every employee--for a full year with 12 issues.  Copy, email, or post newsletters on a protected page of your website. Try it out at http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, December 3, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 41: Sounds Scripted

Write your entire piece in nothing but dialogue.  You can use dialogue tags if you need to make it clear who is speaking, but otherwise, leave out everything not between quotation marks.  If you're stuck looking for an opening line, choose a famous one from a movie or television and go from there.  You can write it as a product demonstration, two friends conversing about an event, or an epic movie scene. No more embarrassing grammar mistakes--each  issue is professionally proofread. Will the never make a mistake. Hard to tell. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, November 26, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 40: Get Your Blood Moving


Exercise releases endorphins, making you feel happier and more energetic.  Make it a habit to exercise before you start writing, and you will come to associate it with a good feeling.  Go for a run in the morning before you start your daily writing regimen, or set up your yoga mat near your workspace and clear your mind and loosen up your body.  If you can, write after every time you exercise, including pick-up games and walking the dog, and your mind will soon develop a connection between the endorphin high and the act of putting words to paper. We can help you publish a newsletter of your very own for a flat rate and do so each month. And we will accept for consideration your ideas. Send them to us. About 95% of subscriber article requests are used -- respect issues, conflicts, communication, etc. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, November 19, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 39: Monotony

Find yourself a mind-numbingly dull task—vacuuming, showering, filing paperwork—and engage in it with the intent of letting your mind wander.  Get lost in the repetitive movements or quiet environment of the task, and don't focus too hard on your writing or writer's block.  As you work, your brain will gently tease the words free and you may even be struck by "eureka!" inspiration (but not the vacuum brand kind).  Many people do their best thinking in the shower, when their bodies are occupied and their minds are free to roam without restraints. Do you need a newsletter that is just the right size and amount of content with the ability to edit, add, subtract, reshuffle content, or use the newsletter without making any changes at all? Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, November 12, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 38: The What-If Game



Brainstorm a list of ten what-if questions, and then brainstorm an answer or two for each one.  Make these as preposterous as you can muster, especially if they are related to the piece you're blocked on.  This is the ultimate outside-the-box exercise, and although you may feel very silly writing about flying staplers or the reanimated lunch food, the child's play will free your subconscious to let everything come more easily.  You can play a more serious version of the what-if game in meetings to stimulate brainstorming in a group. End  writer's block and mad searches for article ideas and content on the Internet. Eliminate the deadline pressure. Here's how. Start with a trial to FrontLine Employee. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, November 5, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 37: Size Doesn't Matter

Write a 100-word sentence.  It must be properly punctuated, but it can ramble and meander as much as you'd like.  When you go back and read it, you may find buried in there an idea you wouldn't have realized was present if you hadn't let your words flow.  If you continue the sentence past 100 words, don't stop yourself. Would not it be nice to have no more frustration, embarrassment, or worrying about getting your newsletter out on time. (I once struggled with this myself.) Your monthly issue comes early--a week early--before the month of issue! To learn more go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 36: Cliché Clash

Choose two clichés, such as "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" and "a rolling stone catches no moss," and put them together.  (There are online cliché generators if you can't think of two good ones.)  Use that as your starting point, as if you were proving some old folk saying true—"a rolling stone catches no horse in the mouth."  Having to defend an abstract statement pushes you outside of the box of normal writing and makes you think creatively. Gain more free time for other tasks or for yourself. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, October 22, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 35: Different Mediums

If you usually type, pick up a pen and write by hand.  You may end up with writer's cramp, but push past the pain and you'll find it's a very intimate way to write.  If you usually write by hand, try typing into a plain text document.  Don't let your fingers get ahead of your subconscious—find a pace that works for both your typing speed and your mind.  Changing the medium you're working in may stimulate a different part of your brain and release the writer's block.Imagine this---getting original employee-focused, workplace wellness AND productivity content for your newsletter written by licensed mental health professionals with extensive workplace experience with articles that address communication, solving employee problems, reducing conflicts, substance abuse, absenteeism, violence, crises, dealing with difficult people, stress management, elder care issues, improving the relationship with your supervisor, family problems, achieve goals at work, improving morale, getting to work on time, and hundreds more. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, October 15, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 34: Alphabet Soup

Write a word pertaining to your topic at the top of a piece of paper—either the general name of the topic, or a subtopic you plan to concentrate on.  Underneath that, create a list of related words, but to keep yourself focused, you must have at least one for every letter of the alphabet.  If you get stuck, make up words until you can get back on track.  To keep track of the letters you've done (unless you plan to just write them alphabetically), make the pertinent letters block and bold. Do you have an employee newsletter for health and workplace wellness? Remember----in the past you had a newsletter but no one could keep up with it? Almost every subscriber to FrontLine Employee has had this experience. It is the #1 reason motivating our new subscribers. We're the cure. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, October 8, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 33: Questionnaire


Write your piece as a series of questions that a reader might ask you, and leave spaces in between for you to fill in the blanks afterwards.  When you put down the answers, be as thorough and honest as you can, as if you were answering the questionnaire for a family member or friend.  Then use the material you generate to write the actual work.  Polish the language and tighten the grammar, but keep the honesty and conversational tone! Would like to have your own newsletter for your company or workplace? Well, finally you get a newsletter--easily. And it's your own. Watch your internal communication improve overnight. Also, get your life back! No more lost weekends, deadline pressures, or doing the newsletter "after hours".  It's complete upon arrival, but editable. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, October 1, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 32: Shift Your Focus

Instead of fretting over the piece you are blocked on, set it aside and work on something you're more looking forward to writing. Take this time to work on a personal project or a more light-hearted piece that doesn't require as much concentration as it does creativity. The act of putting words on the paper for a project that brings you joy can make writing easy again when you finally return to your original work. Would like your own newsletter completely done for you each month? Seriously. And for one low price? Think up a title, give us your logo, send us to your website. If you have over 100 employees, we will create a unique and professional nameplate-masthead look just for you FOR FREE. - http://eaptools.com/images/nameplates.jpg

Monday, September 24, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 31: Bubbly

Write ideas you are trying to connect on a page, in random locations, and draw circles around them.  Then draw lines of small circles connecting them, and fill these with phrases that can logically transition you from one idea to another.  Don't plan what you'll fill the bubbles with, because half the discovery is finding out in the moment what your brain will come up with on the fly.  The idea of the bubbles is to go with your first instinct, not concentrate on finding the perfect answer—sometimes the perfect answers are very unexpected! Save money. One low annual subscription to FrontLine Employee serves your entire organization--every employee--for a full year with 12 issues.  Copy, email, or post newsletters on a protected page of your website. Try it out at http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, September 17, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip # 30: Musical Influences

Load your music and turn on the shuffle or random function, making sure you're the only one who will have to listen to the song.  Write for the duration of the first (appropriate) song that queues up—no longer, no shorter.  Be sure to focus on the mood or story of the song as you write, allowing it to guide your piece and direct it somewhere you may not have thought of on your own.  You can also use music specifically to guide a writing session, if you know how a certain song helps you work. No more embarrassing grammar mistakes--each  issue is professionally proofread. Will the never make a mistake. Hard to tell. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, September 10, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #29: Alphabetical

Start your first sentence with a word beginning with the letter A and proceed until you've covered the alphabet.  You'll probably not end up with a perfect piece, but it will give you raw material to work with.  Realize that some sentences will be awkward because of the word you have to choose in order to stay in alphabetical form, but occasionally you'll find a new way to phrase something because you have to work around some unusual syntax. We can help you publish a newsletter of your very own for a flat rate and do so each month. And we will accept for consideration your ideas. Send them to us. About 95% of subscriber article requests are used -- respect issues, conflicts, communication, etc. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, September 3, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #28: Include These Words

Write three basic paragraphs related to the work you're blocked on.  The paragraphs must, somewhere, include the following five words: plaster, rumors, yellow, defense, and insect.  You can recycle this exercise as many times as you would like, because the words can always be arranged differently.  If, however, you're tired of that set, here are two more: dirt, placement, renegade, brown, and striped; template, bag, victory, zealous, and string.Do you need a newsletter that is just the right size and amount of content with the ability to edit, add, subtract, reshuffle content, or use the newsletter without making any changes at all? Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 27, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #27: Genre Jump


Familiarize yourself with the styles found in different genres of writing—journalism, poetry, technical, fiction (and its sub-genres), etc.  When you find yourself hit by writer's block, adopt a different style than the one you originally intended to use and see if the new voice helps free your words.  Even if you can't actually use the tone of a science fiction author in your final draft, it may be a familiar sound and flow more easily when you're initially writing.End  writer's block and mad searches for article ideas and content on the Internet. Eliminate the deadline pressure. Here's how. Start with a trial to FrontLine Employee. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 20, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #26: Quotation Marks

Start each day's writing with a quote, famous or otherwise, related to the theme of your piece.  Use it to focus your writing by making it the thesis statement of what you're writing.  If you prefer, you can defend or disagree with the point that it makes in a persuasive piece.  Some of the sentences you generate may be useful later to bolster up the finished product.Would not it be nice to have no more frustration, embarrassment, or worrying about getting your newsletter out on time. (I once struggled with this myself.) Your monthly issue comes early--a week early--before the month of issue! To learn more go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 13, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #25: Photographic Lens

If you can find a photograph that can accompany your story or piece, focus on that for a while.  Sit and absorb the imagery of the photograph without rushing over it or assuming you know what is going on.  Write about what you see in the picture—what's happening and what it looks like.  Pay special attention to the subtleties—the way someone's hand is angled towards another's leg, the way the dog is cowering just slightly, the way everyone is actually eyeing the food.Gain more free time for other tasks or for yourself. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, August 6, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #24: Opening Lines

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is fill a blank page or screen with an opening line.  Instead of limiting yourself to just one, quickly jot down ten ways you could start the piece, each completely different from the rest.  By the time you're finished, you may have found the perfect way to begin.  Start with your favorite, and if it doesn't work, switch to another one and start anew. Imagine this---getting original employee-focused, workplace wellness AND productivity content for your newsletter written by licensed mental health professionals with extensive workplace experience with articles that address communication, solving employee problems, reducing conflicts, substance abuse, absenteeism, violence, crises, dealing with difficult people, stress management, elder care issues, improving the relationship with your supervisor, family problems, achieve goals at work, improving morale, getting to work on time, and hundreds more. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 30, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #23: Syllables

If you're struggling to find the right words for what you want to say, stop stressing about the exact wording; set your internal editor aside.  Instead, write using only one-syllable words.  Listen to the new rhythm it gives the story or article, which will become much easier to write as you let your unconscious guide you into the pattern.  Continue to write with one-syllable words until you are finding the words again, even if that means letting some multiple-syllable words slip in there. Do you have an employee newsletter for health and workplace wellness? Remember----in the past you had a newsletter but no one could keep up with it? Almost every subscriber to FrontLine Employee has had this experience. It is the #1 reason motivating our new subscribers. We're the cure. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 23, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #22: Fleshing it Out(line)

Start with the most basic outline possible—a single word for each paragraph or point you're going to make.  Then go back and add two words to each item, giving them a little more weight.  Gradually increase these increments of words until you have a fully-fledged outline and know exactly where your piece is headed.  Continue to build on that outline, and eventually you will have the work itself! Would like to have your own newsletter for your company or workplace? Well, finally you get a newsletter--easily. And it's your own. Watch your internal communication improve overnight. Also, get your life back! No more lost weekends, deadline pressures, or doing the newsletter "after hours".  It's complete upon arrival, but editable. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 16, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #21: Visual Timeline

Some writers use index cards or sticky notes to create a timeline for their writing, but to keep your creativity high, make your timeline out of magazine photographs instead.  Hang it somewhere you can see it while you write.  As you make changes, alter the pictures to reflect the new direction your piece is going.  If you need to keep notes as well, use small sticky notes that will easily come away from the pictures when their purpose is served. Would like your own newsletter completely done for you each month? Seriously. And for one low price? Think up a title, give us your logo, send us to your website. If you have over 100 employees, we will create a unique and professional nameplate-masthead look just for you FOR FREE. - http://eaptools.com/images/nameplates.jpg

Monday, July 9, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #20: Rocky Relief

Purchase a worry-stone (a flat stone with a depression in the center where you can rub your thumb) and hold it while you write or type with your other hand.  Focus on the way the stone feels instead of the words, and let your subconscious do the work.  Other worry-objects are useful for this as well, such as beads on a necklace or spinning rings.  Make sure whatever you choose is small and portable in case your writing takes you away from your desk.Save money. One low annual subscription to FrontLine Employee serves your entire organization--every employee--for a full year with 12 issues.  Copy, email, or post newsletters on a protected page of your website. Try it out at http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, July 2, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #19: True Freewriting


Sometimes, writer's block is the result of mental clutter, and you just have to clear it.  Set yourself a 10-minute timer and write whatever comes to mind without stopping until the time runs out. Freewriting by hand is often more productive, as the physical motion coincides with the release of word blockades, but if you feel that typing will give you a faster flow, you can do that as well. No more embarrassing grammar mistakes--each  issue is professionally proofread. Will the never make a mistake. Hard to tell. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, June 25, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #18: Get Into Character





If you're having trouble finding your voice for a piece, borrow someone else's. Put yourself into the shoes of a reporter, a wallflower, a spy, or even a passer-by and write the way they would see the idea, scene, or story. You may not be able to use this character's voice later, but you will see the material from a new perspective. It may help to imagine the piece being read out loud by the voice of a television or movie character. We can help you publish a newsletter of your very own for a flat rate and do so each month. And we will accept for consideration your ideas. Send them to us. About 95% of subscriber article requests are used -- respect issues, conflicts, communication, etc. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html


Monday, June 18, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #17: Regular Rewards

Set tiny word goals on your project, and every time you reach one, reward yourself—with a single piece of candy, perhaps, or with one game of solitaire.  Don't get distracted and indulge in more than one reward, or the system will collapse.  If you stick to it rigidly, eventually you will have plugged along right through your entire piece!  Find a reward that works for you, even if that means experimenting over a few days.Do you need a newsletter that is just the right size and amount of content with the ability to edit, add, subtract, reshuffle content, or use the newsletter without making any changes at all? Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, June 11, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #16: An Ideal Space


Surround yourself with trinkets and images that inspire your creativity.  Make sure your writing workspace is as accommodating to your muse as possible, even if that means getting a little silly with the decorations.  Do you write by hand?  Leave your favorite kind of pen and notebooks out where they are easily accessible, in case you're struck by a great idea while you're otherwise occupied. End  writer's block and mad searches for article ideas and content on the Internet. Eliminate the deadline pressure. Here's how. Start with a trial to FrontLine Employee. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, June 4, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #15: Scheduled Creativity


Set yourself a regular time to sit down and write, even if you are just typing the same word over and over, and stick to it.  Eventually, your brain will become used to the routine and the words will be more readily at your fingertips.  Many people prefer the early morning, when they are first awake and their brains are fresh from sleep, while others prefer the nighttime, when they can dump out the data from the day onto the page.Would not it be nice to have no more frustration, embarrassment, or worrying about getting your newsletter out on time. (I once struggled with this myself.) Your monthly issue comes early--a week early--before the month of issue! To learn more go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, May 28, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #14: Strictly Speaking


Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed and bring a recording device with you (anything handheld will do).  Narrate out loud the piece you're stuck on, as if to a friend—you may find that using your actual voice will help you find your writing voice again.  If your piece has multiple character voices, don't read them all in the same monotone—improvise and add color.  When you listen to it later, you can edit for clarity, but maintain your voice as much as possible. Gain more free time for other tasks or for yourself. http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Monday, May 21, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #13: Commercial Ending


Watch an advertisement on TV and pay close attention to the ending.  Write what would happen next if you were in charge of the campaign, and use the ideas you generate as starting points for what you were stuck on.  If you're feeling really ambitious, combine two commercials and start at the place where they would collide.  You can use this as a way to brainstorm advertising campaigns of your own, or just as a way to get your muse moving. Imagine this---getting original employee-focused, workplace wellness AND productivity content for your newsletter written by licensed mental health professionals with extensive workplace experience with articles that address communication, solving employee problems, reducing conflicts, substance abuse, absenteeism, violence, crises, dealing with difficult people, stress management, elder care issues, improving the relationship with your supervisor, family problems, achieve goals at work, improving morale, getting to work on time, and hundreds more. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #12: Character Sketches

Concentrate on the characters in your writing—real people or otherwise—and come up with short profiles or biographies.  Use these to inform future work that includes them.  Don't skimp on the details—go into clothing choices (and the reasons behind those picks), favorite music and meals, hometown, even the place they leave their dirty laundry.  A lot can be known about a person by the little details of his or her life.Do you have an employee newsletter for health and workplace wellness? Remember----in the past you had a newsletter but no one could keep up with it? Almost every subscriber to FrontLine Employee has had this experience. It is the #1 reason motivating our new subscribers. We're the cure. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Writer's Block Obliteration Tip #11: Backwards Progress

Start your day's writing with the last sentence of what you want to have written; this will give you a clear destination as you inch towards your goal.  If you get stuck, write the second-to-last sentence, and so on, until you meet in the middle.  You may want to write your entire piece backwards, if you find out this flows more easily for you.  However, you'll want to go back and revise afterwards, because the language will sound very different when read forward than when you wrote it backwards. Would like to have your own newsletter for your company or workplace? Well, finally you get a newsletter--easily. And it's your own. Watch your internal communication improve overnight. Also, get your life back! No more lost weekends, deadline pressures, or doing the newsletter "after hours".  It's complete upon arrival, but editable. Go to http://workexcel.net/FE/fe-trial-request.html





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