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How to write faster

By Edited Mar 1, 2016 5 8

When I was in nursing school we had an assignment that we had to turn in every week. Some of my classmates took as many as five hours to complete the assignment whereas I usually wrote mine in one hour and still got the 'A'. Whether it's writing a paper for school or writing an article, or writing a novel. We're not given merit for how long it takes to write it. We are given merit for having written it and writng it well.

To write well, you need an assigned workspace. In today's world your workspace can be as simple as a laptop you take from place to place. You do your research when you're near a wi-fi. Organize your laptop so that it is conducive for the way you write. I personally had to get rid of the computer games from my computer so that I didn't waste the time that I should have been writing playing with them. If in public places, avoid starting conversations with others when writing. Save conversing as a reward for after you've finished your writing session.

Organize your writing day. Have set times that you'll be answering emails, doing research, answering the phone and writing copy. Group your activities. Do all the emails at the same time, do all your research at the same time. Plan your writing projects. Organize and then focus on what you have to do today then before you finish for the day, write down what your next step will be so you'll be able to pick up where you left off the next time you are ready to write. Set a minimum DAILY word count but don't frustrate yourself by trying to do too much too quickly. If you've been doing 200 per day, plan to write 300 then build up from there. keep track of your progress in your number count.

Keep a notebook of writing ideas. When you're between projects or just need a break from a current project, surf the web and read what others have written. If you see an article that you have a different slant in, write down your idea in your notebook. Keep your notebook with you at all times. Keep it on your nightstand. You might discover that you come up with the best ideas in your sleep.

Whenever you need a new idea, look at your notebook. Write down the topic that jumps out at you. Take five minutes and write down everything you know about that topic that you can write in five minutes. Are there topics within that topic that you can easily write into an article? If your topics are too broad, continue to break your topics down to article size material. By doing this, you could very likely come up with numerous article ideas from the same basic topic. It's a good idea to break your longer projects into article size chunks as well. this way you only have to concentrate on a small portion of your work at a time.

Before doing any research, outline what you think should be in the article. This way you will know what information you'll need to research before you do your research and get bogged down in the miriad of information that is available to you.

From your article topics choose the topics to write that require the least research time. Start with the easy articles. Research only the information you need to write the article. You don't need to know that everything about a subject, just what you need for the article. Today with all the information on the internet, much of what we need to know is just a mouse click away.

Once you've done your research, go over your outline again and rearrange the information into how you think the article should be organized. Time yourself using a timer. Spend no more than five minutes on each segment of the article outline. Follow the outline straight through until you are done. If you're not sure what you should say in your introduction or in your closing paragraph, don't worry about it until your article's body is complete then go back and write those paragraphs to make them fit.

Wait to edit until you've written a first draft. Too often the reason we don't write any faster than we do is because we try to edit our articles as we go along. We're trying to do left brain work and right brain work at the same time and that doesn't work. Do your left-brained editing only after you've completed your right-brained writing sessions. Read over your content and make sure it is correct and matches your research. Read your article out loud. Make sure the article flows and the transitions flow correctly. Look over each word individually. Be sure that punctuation and spelling are correct.

Whether it's an 'A' on a school report or an article or book in print. Learning to write faster gives you either more time to write more or more time to do other things. All it takes is a little practice every day.



Sep 11, 2009 4:48pm
Great writing tips!
Nov 30, 2009 11:01am
Nice article. I am very unorganized so I will use some of your tips. Thanks.
Dec 6, 2009 1:15pm
Neat like the way you view writing.
Apr 7, 2010 9:16am
Good advice. I find starting a new article difficult but once I have got going I am okay about getting it finished.
May 26, 2010 11:52am
Great advice.
Jun 2, 2010 9:53pm
I'm printing this great advice!
Nov 17, 2011 3:12am
Great tips, and great article! You've actually given me a few new ideas to help me write faster, so thank you! Just FYI, You've got a spelling error: miriad should be myriad. : )
Nov 19, 2011 3:17am
Very good writing tips. If you treat it as a job, you'll get more done. Write then edit.
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