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7. Dictionary and Thesaurus. The ones that come with word processor are not sufficient. Get yourself some good old fashioned books, or a dictionary hesaurus on CD.
8. Company style guide. Some companies are very strict about their internal or external communications. They may have rules about style (different accepted spellings, for example) so that everybody who reads your company's literature or correspondence receives a consistent message about your company. You may lose credibility with your readers if everything sounds like it came from XYZ Corporation, except letter you are writing.
9. The right atmosphere. If your office doesn't cut it, find a better place. The library may work. A conference room might provide more space for you to pace as you're dictating your masterpiece. If you're writing about your company's manufacturing plant, it might help you to actually be there while you're writing.
10. Writing is rewriting. Remember that nobody, even Shakespeare, gets it on first try. Your first draft is exactly that - a rough copy, a sketch. Think of it as equivalent of a doodle when artists paint. They don't start with canvas - and neither should you. Unlike many other jobs, in writing, it's okay to make mistakes as you go along. Your final draft will be vastly different from few sentence fragments you begin with.
Using checklist items will set you up for a successful writing session. Have on hand as many of these items as you can each and every time you sit down to write something -- whether it's a letter to your customers or an annual report. By keeping all tools you need in one place, your writing session will go smoother and will be easier on your stress level than without them.
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