Most writers wish they could write more quickly – let’s face it, when you’re writing for a living, your income can depend on how fast you can write. It can be particularly difficult when you’re just starting out on a writing career – but even experienced writers often wish they could find the accelerator pedal and ramp up their speed. Writers are always looking for ways to increase their output.
Let’s face it, writing good quality content does take a certain amount of time – but it doesn’t have to take forever. And if you’re serious about learning how to write fast, there are some very practical things you can do to increase your productivity.
In the video below Marie Forleo shares 8 great tips to help you speed things up:
How to Write Fast: 8 Effective Strategies You Can Put Into Practice TODAY!
- 1. STOP TELLING YOURSELF YOU’RE A SLOW-COACH!!!There’s a Buddhist saying “You are what you think”. Take a look at what you’re saying to yourself – if you keep telling yourself that you’re a really slow writer, this can become a self-fulfilling prophecy and you WILL write like tortoise! Don’t underestimate the power of your subconscious mind – if you just start telling yourself you’re a fast writer, chances are you will be!!
- 2. START WITH THE END IN MIND:Think about what you want your reader to take away when they’ve finished reading your piece. What, if anything, do you want them to do? What do you want them to know? How do you want them to feel? Then work backwards to how you’re going to achieve this. Keeping your eye on your intended outcome will help to keep your writing focused and sharp.
- 3. KEEP A RUNNING ‘IDEAS’ LIST: Be honest, don’t you waste lots of time trying to think about what you want to write about even before you start? There’s a simple solution to this problem – keep a running log of ideas. You can get inspiration for your writing from all sorts of things – newspaper and magazine articles, blog posts, TV shows, debates on forums, conversations with friends.Questionspeople ask will often give you a great starting point. If you come across anything that gives you an idea for a potential article, WRITE IT DOWN!! ALWAYS, ALWAYS keep a recording device of some sort handy – this can be anything from a paper notebook to an electronic storage facility – and use it to keep a running record of any ideas that spring to mind.
- 4. K.I.S.S. – KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET: One of the ways to write fast is to be concise. Great content doesn’t have to be long. In fact, lengthy articles can actually be off-putting – online surfers sure as heck aren’t looking to read War and Peace! Sad to say, but the average person surfing the web probably has the attention span of a gnat. People searching for information online want it QUICK and EASY. So keep it SHORT– and that way it won’t take you so LONG to write!
- 5. DRAW UP A WORK PLAN: Spend an hour or two planning out what you’re going to write over the next few weeks or months – as with any work, a writing job requires planning. This will stop you wasting time each day agonising over what you’re going to write. When it’s time to write you can just check out your plan, sit down at your desk, and get on with whatever’s next on the list! You can always adjust your plan as you go along if something occurs to you that needs changing – but at least you have a basic structure for what you’re going to write each day. This can save you a LOT of time.
- 6. DON’T EDIT AS YOU WRITE: Editing as you go along is a really BAD IDEA!!!!It’s absolutely one of the worst things you can do, because it’s guaranteed to slow you down. Worst of all, it can destroy your creative flow of ideas. Don’t try to make it perfect first time around. Just get it all down – and edit it later!
- 7. REMEMBER PARKINSON’S LAW: This is the theory that work tends to expand to fill the time allotted to it – so give yourself a deadline (and stick to it)!
- 8. THINK OF YOURSELF AS THE ‘VESSEL’ NOT THE ‘SOURCE’: I have to admit I’ve had to think hard about what this one means, but I think I get it – it’s about not seeing yourself as the ‘creator’ or the ‘source’ of your content. If you think that way, it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. Think of yourself as the river-bed through which the water flows – the ideas and words will flow more freely if you stop worrying about having to ‘create’ them.