How to Write Faster than a Bullet Speeding Through an Orange!
OK, let’s be honest here. You are never going to write faster than a speeding bullet. Creating high quality content takes time. In fact, it can be a real time drain! However if you are serious about making an impact online, then creating highly original and fresh content on regular basis is a must and that is why in this post I am going to share with you;
7 Tips that Will Show You How to Write Faster.
1. Start with the end in mind.
Before you sit down to write a post, ask yourself what is the purpose of this blog post? What are the key take aways that you want the reader to have?
Once you know what you want the content to deliver, reverse engineer the process.
For example in this post I wanted to give you 7 quick ways to learn how to write faster. The advice has to be actionable, practical and of course I want you to find this information incredibly useful, so useful in fact that you share this information with your social networks!
That’s my goal, and from that I work backwards. List the 7 points or outline the body of the work, write an introduction, a conclusion and your call to action and hey presto.
2. Go with the Flow
When you are in the flow of writing, go with it. If you are not sure of the correct word, grammar or link that that you should use then don’t worry about it. Highlight the place where you need to make an amendment, continue with your writing and come back to it once you have finished.
Stopping every 5 minutes ruins the flow and stops your creative juices, making it more difficult to get going again.
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3. It doesn’t always have to be an essay
Quite often I am guilty of writing very lengthy posts. In fact, I find it easier to write longer posts than shorter ones but that’s just me. Weird huh?
Most people online do not have the time to spend reading incredibly long posts, they are looking for some information now and want it delivered ten minutes ago.
Give the reader the information they were looking for. Make it short and sweet. A much easier pill to swallow than a 1500 word essay!
Use points, bullets and headers to break up the content, highlighting the key points that the user can scan if they need to.
You can read more in answer to the question “how long should a blog post be?” by clicking on the link.
4. Keep a Topics List
Half of the problem when creating content is knowing what topic you will talk about. So rather than coming up with the ideas every time you sit down keep a list of ideas as and when they come to you. Use Google reader to subscribe to certain blogs, set up Google alerts to keep abreast of certain topics or keywords and have an email sent to you when there is a new post.
- Keep a notebook on you so when you are watching a film, out walking the dogs or doing the shopping and an idea jumps in your head you can jot it down to use it later.
- Keep a list of the questions that clients ask about your service and use these ideas as fuel for your content creating strategy.
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5. Create an Editorial Calendar.
Knowing what you are writing about before you even sit down can save you so much time. Put aside 2 or 3 hours to design an editorial calendar where you note down exactly what content you will be producing over the next few months.
Then, when you sit down for that sacred writing time you are there to produce content only, not think about the topic or read other blogs ideas. You can get on with putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
6. Work expands to the time allotted.
If you know you have 2 hours to write a piece of content then it will take you two hours. If you know you have 4 hours then it will take four hours, although you will probably have a couple of extra coffee breaks and check on the latest news on the internet while doing it.
Be strict and give yourself 2 hours maximum, in fact be even tougher on yourself and give yourself one hour thirty. By no means take this as an excuse to skimp on quality. It just means you have to deliver the same punch in less time.
Don’t say that it’s not possible because it is. Condition yourself to that time scale and then slice another 5 minutes of your best time.
7. Get off the wire.
Switch your phone off, log off the internet, log out of your analytics page. Say goodbye to Facebook and all those little followers. All you want to have is you and your word processor.
It is so so easy to stop and check your inbox every time you get a new message or jump on Facebook and coo over the latest fluffy kitten photo. That is not helping. Be ruthless with your time now and that means you will have more time to interact and build relationships on your social networks when you are done.
There you have it 7 tips that will help you write faster. Remember quality comes first each and every time.
Share with me the tips you use to help you write quality content faster by leaving a comment below?
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