Here’s a first suggestion. The next time you’re pulling the hair out of your head, fingers paralyzed, unable to create the next word, try reading. Pick up a book by a favorite author, or browse a magazine or newspaper—anything—to connect yourself to language. The ideas you’ll get from reading may prove the perfect transition to your writing task. We are constantly associating ideas from one area of interest to another. For instance, you may be struggling over a how to best present an argument in favor of a controversial course of action for your business. Opening a passage by an admired writer—especially one in a discipline similar to yours—might just give you the inspiration you need. Or say you can’t turn a phrase the way you’d like. Shifting gears by thumbing through an interesting essay or op-ed piece might give you what you’re looking for: focused, artful, powerful, sentences.
To be a good reader you do not have to be a good writer, but to be good writer you have to be a good reader as well. Reading keeps you in the language groove.
Here are links to books on writing by Philip Vassallo:
- How to Write Fast Under Pressure: http://www.amacombooks.org/book.cfm?isbn=9780814414859
- The Art of E-Mail Writing: https://www.firstbooks.com/product_info.php/cPath/53/products_id/196
- The Art of On-the-Job Writing: https://www.firstbooks.com/product_info.php/products_id/144