You know when you’re frantically trying to search online for a resume or cover letter template, but everything out there looks pretty much the same? Nothing caters to your creative passion, so you just become frustrated and want to stop trying? The same feelings can occur when attempting to establish an important document.
When I need to write anything technical, the best approach I’ve found so far, is to write right away, as soon as inspiration strikes. Sit in a cafe near a window. Absorb the conversation around you. Smile and sip that joe. Then, attack your phone/laptop, vigorously writing everything down. For someone with an extremely complex creative mind, it helps sometimes to forget about ‘everything’ and just write.
Then, once you have a draft, reach out to your contacts, both ones that are familiar with what you’re dealing with and ones that have no clue, and see what they have to say. Their words can prove invaluable and could incite a new channel of thinking within your brain that hasn’t been accessed because of various reasons. Now, you can attempt a second draft and continue to rely on the opinions of your contacts, it will just be easier that way, in some regard, to keep things mainstream. This process may go on for a bit, but again, the reason for writing and just doing it, is to practice until perfect.
Writer’s Block is described as a condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing (Google). It may be rooted in the early childhood emphasis of performance over process. In my opinion, Writer’s Block is definitely of anxiety. It is an inability to locate courage or the fear of missing steps, so what would be the point of starting. The act of writing itself is complicated, so when you combine that with every day challenges, it may seem daunting and near impossible to attain some form of productivity. I like to say, at both the beginning and end of a project, what will make or break your success is taking that first uncomfortable step, asking for help when you need it, utilizing your mental capacity to summarize your main points, then finally learning to turn things off and stop ruminating.
Documents small or large have the opportunity to be both shiver-inducing and in charge.
Here is an example of an acceptance letter I wrote for a sales job. What you do with it is up to you!
- Documenting the customer onboarding process
- Developing welcome care packages
- Articulating in-house processes & access to resources to the team and clients
- Writing case studies about the team, clients and services
- Creating client profiles
- Performing client interviews over the phone and/or in person
- Creating a Q+A document (5-8 questions) for customer stories to promote new business
- Promoting customer stories to expand our networking community
- Assisting with creative and technical content in other formats (blog, video etc.)