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Chapter 18. Put It in Writing > Breaking Through Writer's Block - Pg. 198

Put It in Writing 198 you have a more big picture view of your work. Plus, it can be encouraging to see what the finished product is going to look like. If you do most of your writing by hand, consider switching to a typewriter or computer. Even if your final product needs to be handwritten, typing a draft might make you more efficient. · Take a break. When you're completely stalled and none of the other techniques is working, drop what you're doing and do something else. Take a walk, make a phone call, surf the 'Net, do anything that will clear your head and relax you. An added benefit of this technique is that, in the process, you might also find inspiration for your writing. Whether you're trying to write a quick thankyou note or a major report at work, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that being a so-called good writer or bad writer has very little to do with your procrastination. Not having well-honed writing skills can certainly slow you down, but the biggest bouts with writer's block come not so much from how you write, as how you approach the writing task. The psychological and situational obstacles described in this chapter are usually the culprits. Once you recognize what it is that's holding you back, you can start to deal with it, and get those words onto paper. The Least You Need to Know · Thankyou notes don't have to be perfect; they just need to get written and sent. · Don't be intimidated by formal invitations that require a written R.S.V.P. There's a standard format to follow. · When it comes to condolence letters, short but warm is the best approach (except for those to very close friends). · Make a point of occasionally writing a nice, old-fashioned letter sent through the regular mail to a friend or relative. · When writer's block hits, rely on the grab bag of ten techniques from Chapter 12, as adapted for writing in this chapter.