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.

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

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

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

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. -

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