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.

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

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

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

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