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

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

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. -

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

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.

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