Chopping Through Writer’s Block

Writer’s block usually occurs for one simple reason – people are not ready to write. Many think if they clear their schedule, get a coffee and sit down at the computer, this will grant them magical powers of inspiration. Instead, frustration is often the result. The two biggest enemies of effective business writing are (i) procrastination and (ii) impulsiveness. Procrastination involves writers spending long hours thinking about something they should be composing. To avoid getting started or perhaps from the worry that what they first write must be instantly correct, they stall and move on … [Read more...]

Having Troubles with Your Business Writing? Get It Down P.A.T.

Most examples of poor business writing can be traced to the root: the absence of a proper outline. Writers often begin without a clear sense of Purpose, Audience and Tone (P.A.T.). Writing with these things in mind will yield successful results because they show you have a plan for your readers – and you respect their time. Here are several points to consider when preparing a letter, report or memo. Purpose Why are you writing this particular letter, memo or report? (This is the single most important question to ask yourself in anything you write) What, When, Where and How – adopt … [Read more...]