Overcoming Writer’s Block – 7 Methods That Work

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Lower Your Standards

Avoid perfectionism onrepparttar first draft and do not stop when you’ve made a mistake. Keep going, mistakes and all and just write. Do not try to edit while you write. This comes later. Let your first draft be a free flow of ideas, thoughts and concepts leavingrepparttar 141038 “critical editor” part of yourself for later. Just think to yourself that perfection is not to be tolerated onrepparttar 141039 first draft. After you’ve completely finished writingrepparttar 141040 first draft, then it is time to bring put on your editor hat and startrepparttar 141041 rewriting process. Don’t jumprepparttar 141042 gun, though, asrepparttar 141043 conflict of trying to write and edit atrepparttar 141044 same time causes many cases of writer’s block. Keep these two tasks separate.

Clean House Literally and Figuratively

Sometimes writers will start a writing project but become stuck over a particular line or paragraph that just isn’t working. Either delete this or copy and paste it into a new document and save it for later. Don’t let a line or paragraph disruptrepparttar 141045 flow of your writing. Get rid of it. Clean house.

In addition, sometimes a writer’s messy surrounding will reflect on their ability to write. Take a break to clean up your writing area. If you work from home, take a break to clean house. Many timesrepparttar 141046 act of cleaning and throwing outrepparttar 141047 old will open us up torepparttar 141048 new, such as new ideas, thoughts or perspectives. Cleaning house literally and figuratively can help sweep away writer’s block.

Take an “Art” Break

Take a break to draw, paint, sculpt, collage or any other right brain artistic endeavor. Sometimes a writer’s brain can get out of balance with allrepparttar 141049 stimulation and activity that is happening onrepparttar 141050 left side. Taking a right brain artistic break will help balance this activity out. You may even wish to paint yourself and then write. Kooky, offbeat ideas that get you out ofrepparttar 141051 norm will work wonders for conquering writer’s block.

Overcoming writer’s block is something that most writers will need to learn how to deal with forrepparttar 141052 long haul. One method may work for you now and a different one inrepparttar 141053 future. It will be handy to have these methods at your fingertips. Print out these methods for future use and share them with other writers, writer’s groups and clubs. Writers need to stick together and this isrepparttar 141054 eighth method for overcoming writer’s block, which is to put together a support group to help overcome it.

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The Office Writer

Written by Peter B. Mann

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Inrepparttar text: Here, too, you should choose an “up” or “down” style. The “down” style: Capitalize onlyrepparttar 140754 first word of every sentence, plus proper nouns. The “up” style: Capitalize Federal, State, Department, and so on. Your choice of “up” or “down” style will also apply to any subheadings. Whether you choose “up” or “down,” you should always capitalizerepparttar 140755 pronoun “I” and relatives’ titles when used withrepparttar 140756 proper name (for example, “Uncle Dan,” but “my uncle“). Capitalize Mother or Father when addressingrepparttar 140757 parent directly, but not when referring to him or her (“my mother,” “my father”). TYPES OF PRODUCTS The News Article A news article’s first sentence --repparttar 140758 “lead” -- is its most important element. The lead must contain as many ofrepparttar 140759 key ingredients -- who, what, where, when, why, and how -- as possible. These facts informrepparttar 140760 reader ofrepparttar 140761 main thrust ofrepparttar 140762 news and provide a context for understanding what follows. Subsequent paragraphs provide further information. They appear in order of descending importance for a very practical reason: If there is not space enough forrepparttar 140763 entire article, it may be cut fromrepparttar 140764 bottom without destroying its essence. This factor distinguishesrepparttar 140765 news article fromrepparttar 140766 feature story andrepparttar 140767 editorial. The Press Release A press release is a news article with spin, company propaganda. It reportsrepparttar 140768 news about a new product or business development in a positive manner. There is not likely to be a downside included. Of course, that describes a proactive press release; a reactive one might very well include negative information -- ifrepparttar 140769 company perceives that it needs to acknowledge certain facts in order to salvage its public image. The Opinion Piece or Editorial Writing an editorial or an opinion piece is similar to writing an essay, although less formal in structure and style. In all three,repparttar 140770 author asserts a point of view and supports it with logical discourse or facts. The piece may define, describe, or explain a concept or a proposal; evaluate and/or compare ideas, systems, processes, or activities; make and defend a choice among options.Opinion pieces should always be labeled as such. The Feature Story A feature article may take various forms -- a human interest story, a celebrity interview, an in-depth explanation of a current issue or development, a profile of a local leader,repparttar 140771 saga of a successful business. The list could go on and on. Feature articles are characteristically longer than most news stories. All features attempt to interestrepparttar 140772 reader in something unusual. For instance, an article might examinerepparttar 140773 role of women in Arab societies,repparttar 140774 new elements inrepparttar 140775 revised SAT, orrepparttar 140776 Internet business that is being outsourced to India. Perhaps a local man has been selected to appear on Jeopardy! There is really no limit torepparttar 140777 possibilities. For a company publication, more likely topics might be staff reorganization, United Fund drive progress, product development, and an officer profile. Andrepparttar 140778 CEO will probably want you to ghost-write a column bearing his/her byline. The Newsletter Asrepparttar 140779 editor of a newsletter, you will have a number of key decisions to make atrepparttar 140780 outset. *What size will it be? Most newsletters are 17” x 11” folded to 8 ½” x 11.” *How many pages? Four or any multiple of four. *Binding? If more than four pages, saddle-stitch binding. *Self-mailer? Leave space for recipient name/address, return address, and mailing indicia. *Number of columns per page? *How often will it be published? Matters of Style *Typeface for text and headlines? Type sizes? *What font and size willrepparttar 140781 subheads be? *Should type be flush left and ragged right or fully justified? (Justified type is flush left and right. Ragged right lines end withrepparttar 140782 last full word that fits.) *What size willrepparttar 140783 masthead be? Where will it be placed? *Will articles jump from one page to another or be printed in a continuum? *Will you use artwork or photos? Cut lines or captions? *Where will you placerepparttar 140784 staff box? *Will you list all ofrepparttar 140785 contents -- or selected items -- in an article or box onrepparttar 140786 front page? Matters of Content *Chances arerepparttar 140787 topics to be covered were spelled out initially, either by your boss or byrepparttar 140788 organization’s leaders, or perhaps they were dictated byrepparttar 140789 organization’s purpose/function. *Don’t work in a vacuum. Appoint a committee of people representing different parts ofrepparttar 140790 company/organization; meet with them in a planning session for each issue. *It’s a good idea to have a mix of news items and feature articles, plus brief notices in boxes that break uprepparttar 140791 page. Variety makes a newsletter lively and keepsrepparttar 140792 reader interested. Article Review Establish procedures for review of your articles by staff members prior to publication. After type is set, arrange for another staff member to proofread, backing you up. About Layout Whether you are doing desktop publishing or sending camera-ready copy to a printer with an offset press, you will have to lay out your pages. To do so, you should create a template withrepparttar 140793 number of columns ofrepparttar 140794 width you have chosen and feed your headlines, articles, and artwork intorepparttar 140795 template. You will be able to set type in multiple column widths to enhancerepparttar 140796 visual appeal of your newsletter. Artwork You will probably want to userepparttar 140797 CEO’s picture with his/her column, and you may also use mug shots of employees who are mentioned in other articles. Original artwork adds sophistication to your newsletter, and if you can afford to hire an artist, you will probably want to follow this course. It will be up to you (and your boss) whether to use a mix of photos and original art or use original art exclusively. Speech Writing If you’re assigned to write a speech forrepparttar 140798 CEO, insist on interviewing her or him aboutrepparttar 140799 purpose,repparttar 140800 content, andrepparttar 140801 desired outcome. Listen carefully torepparttar 140802 CEO’s speech patterns. Short or long sentences? Serious or light demeanor? Articulate or not? Terse or long-winded? Discuss whether to open with a joke or get right down to business, how to structurerepparttar 140803 material, how much timerepparttar 140804 speech should take. The more successful this interview,repparttar 140805 betterrepparttar 140806 speech. http://www.youreditoronline.com

The author has more than 40 years experience as a writer and editor. He was manager of corporate publications for Educational Testing Service, a newsletter editor for Merrill Lynch, and held various positions with educational agencies and as an education reporter for three major dailies. He is retired now but offering his editing skills on the Web.

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