When it comes to producing content the old adage content is king, is certainly true. And while quality often does beat quantity, it still doesn’t replace quantity. With a simple google search you can tell this is true. The sites that pop up on the first page of any search result typically have a huge back catalogue of content. So what’s the key to success online? Obviously once you get past the hurdle of making something worth sharing and promoting it, the only thing left to do is produce more. But how to write articles faster? Well that’s the whole reason that you are here.
1. Make a List
You never know when a good idea is going to come up, and while we always thing that we are going to get back to it later, a lot of times we just plain forget. That’s why creating a list of content ideas is worth your time. If Mark Twain thought jotting down his thoughts was a good idea (and he certainly knew how to write) then it shouldn’t take a wild leap of your imagination to realize you should be on it too. And lucky for us, this is easier than ever. Phones have pretty much all but eliminated the need to carry around a pen and paper, plus as an added bonus, you’re carrying it around with you all day anyway.
I also notice that my mind tends to run in tangents, the more that I think about something the chance are I’m going to develop a train of thought. So one good idea leads to another, and putting in the effort to write one down often keeps my mind thinking up new things to write about. On a good day, I can walk away with a list of ten or more article ideas, which gives me plenty of room to pick and choose.
2. Don’t Force an Idea
Forcing content onto the page may sound like the goal of writing articles faster, but just like a fart, if you try too hard… You’re in trouble. Alright, enough with the gross analogy, but you get the point. If something is legitimately taking far too much effort the put on the page, then chances are it’s either not a good idea to begin with, or you need to do more research. So writing it at that point is only going to produce a less than stellar piece of work. And if that’s the case, then it’s not worth yours or anybody else’s time.
3. Break it Down
Once you have some thoughts for the basis of an article, don’t just start writing right away, more often than not you’ll just end up struggling for something to actually write about. Instead, take a few minutes to plan where you’re going, and how you are going to get there. By creating a list of each point to hit in the article, you are going to have a much easier time sticking to the main objective of the piece. So while it does take a few minutes to come up with a few good ideas, it takes less time overall.
4. Do Some Pre-Edits
If you want to write great content fast, then don’t be afraid to go to the chopping block first. We don’t always think about things clearly the first time round, so take a look at what you are planning to write. There is a good chance that there is something in there that doesn’t belong. And if it truly doesn’t, then cut it out right at the beginning. You’ll save yourself time and effort of trying to figure out how to tie it in when you putting the words on the page.
5. Don’t Sit On It
Or in other words, don’t save the best ideas for later. It may sound tempting to wait until you have a better following, or 100,000 hits a month before you start bringing out the big guns, but the fact of the matter is that doing this is only going to delay your progress. If you want to stand out in the world of bloggers there are two very important things to keep in mind. The first one is consistency, creating a schedule for posts and sticking to it is going to buy you a lot of repeat customers. The second thing is your quality. If you save all the good ideas for later, then don’t be surprised if nobody thinks your writing is all that good in the first place.
6. Master the Basics
Imagine if you could write as fast as these guys type… Oh what a day that would be.
This may come off as almost preachy, but if you really want to write articles faster, then you are going to want to make sure that you have the basics down pat. What do I mean by the basics?
- Spelling and grammar
- Varied sentence structure
- Broad vocabulary
- Good typing speed 60+WPM
- Touch typing
I recommend that you learn touch typing first.
The reason why I say this is because learning how to type without looking at the keyboard does a great number of things more than just increasing your typing speed. Think about this, while you are writing, you might not see an error you made if you are busy looking at the keyboard, so it’s naturally going to dramatically increase your spelling and grammar capabilities.
Something to note though, when I first began training myself in touch typing I was not good, so don’t worry if you aren’t either. My words-per-minute dropped from about 60 to around 20. I wasn’t so sure it was a good idea to stick with it. But now! I can type between 80-100 words a minute without even having to try all that hard. So in the long run it saved me hours. Just keep in mind that it takes time to make real progress here. We’re talking months of practice, but it will speed up your writing, just stick with it.
7. Automate What You Can
If you are writing on a daily basis, then you know how often you end up typing the same things over and over again. Need your bio at the end of an article? Well find a faster way. It’s not just typing either, even if you have your bio saved to a document, then you have to open it, and copy and paste it into place, that takes time too. If you are running your own blog, then make a bio capsule.
If it’s emails, then create an automated signature. Anywhere you can find tools to replace manual entries, do it. Even if it’s only a few seconds a day, that still adds up to hours over the course of a few years. Spend that time doing something productive, instead of hitting copy and paste a bunch.
8. Make It a Game
Practice practice practice, you’ve surely head that one a lot. And while it does stand true, the more you write the faster you are going to get, there is a better way. By turning writing into a game you can really start to see some speed improvements. Here’s what I do. First I set up a timer, my phone works great for this. I set it to anywhere between one to five minutes (shorter times tend to keep my focus better) then I write just as fast as I can for that amount of time. Each time the timer dings I write down just how many new words I wrote. Then every single time I try to beat it the next round.
The best part about this is that it trains you brain to stay focused on getting words on the page rather than to think of the best possible way to flush out a sentence. So you spend a lot less time thinking, and get an incredible number of words on the page without even realizing it.
9. Get a Partner
I’m not saying you have to have someone who actually works with you, but rather someone to support you. Accountability is so much harder when there’s not a face behind it. Get someone to measure that amount your writing, or the speed at which you’re writing it. For a whole litany of psychological reasons we don’t want to disappoint people. So when you make that someone you actually know, rather than just the number of viewers to your website, it’s going to be a whole lot more effective.
And if you actually do get a person to work alongside you, you can easily turn it into a competition. Whoever loses hast to buy coffee, or something like that. It can be a fun way to increase both of your productivity.
10. Don’t Worry About Editing Yet
It’s a good idea to try and keep things in shape the first time around, but writing always leads to mistakes, and you make more the faster you go. If you want to really get things moving then you need to remember that mistakes are going to be there either way. So if you make one, don’t beat yourself up, and don’t spend all the time in the world going back to fix each one. Instead try to keep things moving, you can always go back and edit later.
11. Write How You Speak
Imagine this: You go over to a friend’s house and sit down over a cup of coffee to talk about work. There’s no pressure, it’s just your friend, you’ve been friends for years, so you just talk without reservations. Now let me ask you, do you take your time to deeply ponder every single sentence? Do you pull up a thesaurus to try to find just the right words to convey your message in a deep and impactful way?
If you answered “Yes” then that’s why you don’t have a lot of friends. If you answered “No, I am a normal person.” then good for you! And have you noticed how at least 95% of the time when you are talking, the sentences come out just right? That’s because we’ve been training how to speak since the day we are born. So tap into that skill!
All too often people fancy themselves to be some sort of literary master, who crafts the most elegant and distinguished articles the world has ever seen. Don’t do this. Honestly, have you ever tried to get information from an article where someone was acting like that? It’s annoying, which is the reason why their readership is low in the first place. In comparison take this article for example, I’m hovering around 1,750 words at the moment and it only took me about 45 minutes to get here. Why? Because I write, just like I speak. It’s not some super power, it’s just a matter of not second guessing the way it sounds when you say it. Think about it like this, for me, this has been no different than having a simple conversation about how to write faster. There isn’t anything more to it than that.
12. Expand You Niche
It would be hard to find someone who wants to start a blog that doesn’t know a thing about niches. The term floats around so much today that I think it’s actually detrimental. Here’s the deal, if the only thing that you are talking about is how to get a good interest rate on a mortgage for a commercial property, then yeah you are probably going to get all the traffic on the internet for that one search term. But that’s not a lot of traffic!
So don’t be afraid to expand your niche to encompass a much larger scope of potential writing opportunities. Now maybe your business is centered around facilitating loans for business properties. So yes, you do want to keep that as your primary focus, but instead of just this one topic, include everything that surrounds it.
Write about how to start a new business, or what to look for in business properties. You can talk about the different types of loans, and how to refinance, or pay them off quicker. The people looking for content like that are probably going to be considering business loans anyway, so it’s a great place to start.
13. Make Money While You Practice
Here’s a great way to get some experience while at the same time increasing your bottom line. One of the things that I did when I first started blogging, was I went around an found various sites that were looking for freelance writers. Then I got to work. Now when I was doing this, I was focused on how much money I could make per hour. And while it was out of necessity at the time(I was pretty broke there for a while) Now It’s more like a race.
The faster you can write articles that sell, the faster you can create articles for your blog. Plus, it’s a good way to learn about new industries, and other blog’s styles so that you can more easily define your own. Because when you know what people are willing to pay for, then chances are it’s worth more than that for your own stuff.
14. Be Prepared
When you first start writing an article the intro can be easy enough to get through. But the second you are done with that it comes time to actually dig into your research, and if you don’t have any, then the clock is ticking while you’re switching back and forth between the internet and your article. It’s a big waste of time. This whole part of writing should be covered before you even start the first sentence. You should do this at the same time that you are planning the basic topic points that you are going to cover.
This goes the same for links too. If you are going to be incorporating a bunch of links into your content, then make sure you have them lined up before hand. Not having to jump to another page just to incorporate a little hyper-text may only save you a little time, but those little things add up, and that helps you write articles faster.
15. Learn to Love It
I like writing. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, and it should be the same for you too. Because if you are going to spend years of your life creating the best possible content that search engines can bring, then you should at least love what you are doing.
Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t love every single little part about writing. Reviewing and editing your own work are some of the most boring parts that come to mind. But still, actually loving what you do, does a lot to make sure that you keep focused on the task at hand.
There’s a concept called the flow state. With a whole lot of pseudo and real-science behind it, it’s certainly worth your time to look into. But here’s the deal, if you can just write enough so that it becomes something easy and fun, then you will reach the point where that’s actually what you want to do. Then being able to write faster isn’t the biggest concern anymore. It becomes a “tortoise and the hare” type scenario in which you just keep working because that’s what you want to do today. If you get to that point, you can churn out three articles a day without even batting an eye. And the best part about that? You’ll be motivated to do it every single day.
So do yourself a favor, and look at the good things, try to enjoy the process, the more you do that, the more you are going to develop fond feelings for this trade.
When you wrap it all together, you start to see a consistent message here. Sit down, and write. That should have gone without saying, but it’s true. The fastest way to create more content is not to spend hours on end searching for tips and tricks, but rather to get your mind in the game, and the pen to the paper. If you can do that, you’ll write articles faster than you ever thought you could.
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