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Defeating Writer’s Block

For many of us, writing content for a parent update letter, an e-newsletter or social media is difficult. When there is so much to say about what is happening in our schools and district, the hardest part can be choosing a topic to write about.

If you ever experience writers’ block, consider this tip from the great novelist Ernest Hemingway: “To get started, write one true sentence.”

In Hemingway’s A Movable Feast, he wrote that when he was challenged by writing he would tell himself,

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.

So, the next time you’re unsure of what to write about, take Hemingway’s advice and begin with one true sentence about your subject. Then, go from there.

With that difficult first step out of the way, you’ll find it much easier to get the content flowing.

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