Continuing with the freelance writing theme of the last two posts, I want to show you how to write blogs and articles quickly.
10 Tips on Writing Faster
Between having several freelance clients, this blog, and my family commitments and soon a busy upcoming SignOn fall schedule - it can get overwhelming.
There's been days where I'm pretty much glued to my office chair typing away and doing internet research.
I had to come up with a better and faster way to write. I found 10 tips:
1. Keep a Notebook
Keep a notebook handy with you and anytime an idea strikes, or an article you come across is a good future reference.
After a while you will have a long list of ideas for future writings.
One great website and browser extension is called Pocket. Anytime you're on a website of interest and you want to save it, click the Pocket extension it will save it for you to read later.
2. Write an Outline
I start my articles with a few beginning sentences and then I make an outline of the points I want to cover, usually these are written as headings.
For example, if I'm writing about survey apps, I'll jot down the ones I know (or have) and then a quick online search for a list of more and jot those down too.
3. Internet Research
If you have notes or saved articles, now you can go back and use these in your writing.
A simple Google search on your Title will create a list of similar articles. I sometimes copy the link and post them at the top of my article to refer back to later.
Copy quotes, research sources, and other ideas that crop up from these searches.
Now that I have some reading sources and ideas, I start typing away. Don't worry about "how good is it" yet. Just write.
After you've written, and either are done with the article, or are stuck for more ideas. Go back and start editing and improving your writing.
If you're not good with this part, download Grammarly which will help you with any spelling and grammar editing.
Another favorite editing site is called Hemingway which will help with sentence structure and more.
6. Know your Audience
One great tip for writing anything is to know who you're writing for. Once you have an idea who will be reading your article, you can then change your tone, your terminology and writing style.
It's best to stick with articles and niches that fit you instead of trying to change for them. Writing on topics you have no interest or knowledge of makes writing harder, longer to write and your unfamiliarity will show up in your writing.
One great tip for writing is to write as if you're having a conversation with someone reading your article. This helps the flow of the writing as well as for clarity.
7. Typing Speed
This sounds like a no-brainer, but a fast typing speed will help you write faster.
My tested typing speed is about 47-50 wpm, but that's following a script. If I'm writing from my own thoughts, I actually type faster.
Want to know your own typing speed? Take this free test.
8. Establish a Writing Space
Set up a writing space that's relatively free of interruptions and make it yours. Set up a space for your computer or laptop, room for writing or jot pads and a coaster for your favorite drink (mine's coffee). Decorate the surroundings with your favorite things, inspiration printouts, or a small plant. Whatever you fancy.
9. Limit Distractions
This is one area I still struggle with. Even though I have my office in the guest bedroom and I can close the door if I choose to. I still get distracted by my own mind wandering away, or by a good song playing on Pandora, or right now - a 2 month old kitten chewing on my foot.
To limit distractions you could:
10. Do it for YOU
You really need to enjoy writing and want to do it. If you're in it just for the money, you will start to hate doing it and avoid it, procrastinate, or even burn out faster.
You need to enjoy the niche you're writing in, enjoy learning new things, and not do it for the pay or the accolades.
Write for your enjoyment and learning and the rest will follow.