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.

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

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.

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

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