If you’re using blogging or article writing to make money–whether you’re writing to get paid for the writing itself or whether you’re writing as part of your social media marketing strategy–then you know that you need to churn out lots of words and lots of pieces.
The problem here, it likely goes without saying, is that when it comes to writing haste makes waste. Even the coldest writing is still a creative endeavor and creative thoughts and expressions must simmer or marinate before being served to others. Nevertheless, the demands of creativity don’t negate the fact that time is of the essence.
More than ever before since the advent of the Internet, as a blogger or other kind of writer you need to create quality content. But how can you reconcile the need for quality with the need for quantity (i.e. the need to write stuff in as short a time as you can)? Let’s look at some basic, elemental methods for achieving this end and enabling yourself to write a quality post or piece in less than a half-hour. (Yes, really.)
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Prepare ahead of time.
Most anywhere you go, keep a notebook and pen or a voice-recorder with you. When you’re sitting at your computer keep your Evernote or some other digital notepad at the ready. Whenever an interesting idea hits you, immediately record it. As soon as you do this, the idea will begin to marinate in your subconscious mind. You also won’t forget your best ideas for writing by doing this.
Revisit these notes of yours on a daily basis until you feel confident and filled with inspiration to write something. Never try to force out your ideas for the sake of speed. When your ideas are allowed to marinate, when the time arrives for you to actually do the writing you will be amazed at how rapidly you can then write while expressing yourself artfully and gracefully.
Less is more.
You’re going to be writing a blog post or an article. You’re not writing a novel or a script for a movie. Make every word and every sentence count so that you can express your idea coherently without the need to meander. And there’s no rule about how long your post or piece needs to be (usually). Do your utmost to say what you have to say in just 400 to 500 words.
Use bullets and numbers.
Writing to “7 Tips for…” or having bullet points that you’re going to follow works both to capture readers’ attention and to get your own thoughts crisp and organized. The less pondering that you need to do once the writing starts, the better for your time management.
Write from who you are, not from what you know.
Probably the most harmful of all writing myths is the notion that you should “write what you know”. Look, even if you’re a card-carrying genius the Unknown is vastly bigger than what you know. Writers do research and can competently learn about nearly any subject matter. Great fiction authors have never literally lived out or observed most (or any) of what they write about. When you write from “who you are” you write with authority, commitment, and confidence. Writing from this perspective enables you to write with the perfect balance of speed and quality expression.
It’s alright to engage in the art of juggling.
There’s nothing wrong with working for 10 minutes on one piece here, another 10 minutes on another piece there, and so on until you’ve got several writings finished. If you find yourself stuck when writing one piece, don’t mull it over for too long. Move on to something else until you sense that you’re “unstuck”. Then, come back and finish what you started.
If you have found yourself having trouble writing good quality rapidly, try out the above methods.
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