If you’re like most marketers and small business owners, you need a lot of content. The problem is, creating all this content takes time – a lot of time.
That’s why you’ll want to employ the tips and tricks revealed inside this blog post for writing faster than ever. This helps you get your writing done fast and frees up your time to focus on other things! Let’s get to it…
Set a Timer
The idea here is to challenge yourself to write as much as possible in one solid chunk of time. So get rid of distractions, set your timer for 20 minutes, and then write as fast as you can.
Once that 20 minute “sprint” is up, take a two to five minute break. Stretch, refill your beverage, etc. Then reset your timer and see if you can beat your word count in this next block of time.
This method can also help with productivity, motivation and organisation.
So use it as either a metric in speed or a metric for consistency.
One of my favourite Google Chrome plugins for this is called Marinara which is based on the Pomodoro technique.
Write First, Edit Later
A lot of people make the mistake of editing while they write. They create a sentence, then they delete it and rewrite it. They write a paragraph, and then they start tweaking it.
Stop. That. Right. Now.
I was in exactly the same boat and it sabotaged my writing efforts.
Your first draft should be just that – a draft. So write without editing your writing or censoring your thoughts. Write fast, and don’t worry about whether you made a grammar error, or whether you could tweak a sentence so it sounds better.
Just focus on getting all your ideas down first, and then later you can go back and edit it ruthlessly once you’re all done.
Yes, it is easier said than done; but if you apply the writing sprints and timer technique above, you will find you have no choice but to do so.
As you start creating a lot of content, you might be able to make your own templates for the different sorts of content, such as how to articles, reports, sales letters, tips articles, email and more.
Or you can take a shortcut and get your hands on this package of templates and writing hacks: Web Copy Made Quick & Easy.
Create An Outline
Starting off the process by organizing your thoughts into a thorough outline will make the writing phase go much more quickly. Follow these tips:
-Be as thorough as possible.
Your outline should include all major steps, sections, modules and chapters. It should also include all the subsections, tips, ideas and examples you want to include in the content.
If you do all your thinking upfront when creating your outline, then the writing will go fast since you can write without trying to organize or remember everything.
-Break the outline into “bite size” chunks of 500 words or so.
This helps you create big pieces of content more efficiently. That’s because you no longer have to create a “20,000 word report” (which looks overwhelming). Instead, you just start taking small steps by writing 500 or so words at time, and you’ll be done faster than you thought possible.
Be mindful of word counts.
If you have a certain number of pages or words in mind, then include word counts next to each section of your outline.
This will keep you on track, and it helps ensure that you focus on the most important parts of the content by allotting the most words to those sections.
You don’t need to be chained to your desk creating content 24/7. Instead, use these tips and tricks to create your content faster than easier – you might be surprised at just how well they work!