You sit down to write, and after a few hours, you still don’t even a rough draft ready. It takes you a lot of time to finish a single post.
And when you compare yourself with other writers, you find out that they can write the same amount of words in less time. Your competition can publish more high-quality posts than you.
They get the audience, the shares, the links before you’ve even finished writing.
Your time is limited because you have kids or you have jobs and you’re doing this on the side. So wasting time writing a post is putting a major monkey wrench in your plans.
Imagine your life if you could type faster.
You could finish more posts in less time. Grow your blog in half the time. And double your business growth without spending more time.
Well, that’s what you are going to learn in this post. You’ll discover the tips and tricks I learned to be able to increase my writing speed to write more posts in less time. You can apply these tips even if you’re new to blogging. But remember the basic use of grammar and punctuation checker after completing your copy. It’s better to redirect any mistakes that are there in your article rather than publishing it blindly.
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Write Down Your Commitment
Have you ever woken up and wondered what you should do next?
You’re overwhelmed by all the tasks you need to do and your mind keeps wandering. Finally, the day is over and you realize that you didn’t get a lot done.
Of course, it does.
And then you think that the problem was with motivation and willpower. If you were motivated, you would have gotten more done. That’s what you think, right?
Well, the problem is not with motivation.
Here’s a bit of research that proves it. A research study was done to measure the effect of motivation and having a plan for people to see whether they would exercise or not.
They had a control group (Group A), a “motivated” group (Group B), and another group, called Group C, which had a clear plan of when and how they would exercise.
38% of the participants in Group A exercised once a week, 35% in group B, and 91% in group C.
The results of this study are astonishing.
The motivated group did less than the control group! And the percentage of people who did exercise when they had a plan was through the roof.
As you can see, having a clear plan beforehand of what you want to achieve can make a huge difference.
So you want to write more?
Have a clear plan before you sleep with what you want to achieve the next day. What projects are you going to work on? How long will each project take and when do you plan to start each project?
Write it down on paper and you will see a huge difference.
Break Down the Writing Process
This step has made me not only write faster but enjoy writing.
As you know, I write a lot, so if I didn’t like writing, you would be able to see that in my writing and I would soon get burned out. So anything that makes me enjoy writing is a huge boost to my productivity as well as the quality of my work.
When I want to write a post, I don’t do it all in one day, though I do often have multiple projects ongoing at any given time. But for an individual project, I prefer to do all the research needed for the post in one day. Then I outline it for another day.
Then I write the whole thing another day. Then I edit it on the fourth day.
I may do research and outline the same day, but I don’t do research and writing on the same day anymore. The difference in my speed is huge. When you start early in the day as fresh as possible, and you start tackling one post after another, you will get a hell of a lot of posts done.
That’s why I split up my writing process and don’t do it all in the same day. And when I’m in a hurry, I do multiple posts together. This is 10x more enjoyable for me and the effect on my speed is insane as well.
Use the Pomodoro Technique
This technique doesn’t technically make me type faster, but it does help me accomplish a lot more throughout the day.
It’s how I was able to build my business while working on the side.
If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a simple technique, where you do a certain job for 25 minutes with no distractions as a timer counts down. If you get distracted, then this cycle doesn’t count and you have to start over.
After that, you take a 5-minute rest, and then repeat the cycle 4 times, at which point you then treat yourself to a bigger break.
It’s a very simple technique, but it helps you eliminate distractions, increase focus, and get more done. So not only do you get a lot of work done in less time, but the quality of your work is better because of your higher degree of focus.
So how exactly can you apply it to get more writing done?
Before you start, determine which part you’re going to do: research, outlining, writing, or editing.
After you determine what you want to do, start the timer and while the clock is ticking, you just do what you need to do and don’t allow yourself to get distracted or else this cycle won’t count.
If you’re writing, don’t bother with editing the post. Just get the words out of your head as soon as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because you’re just writing a rough draft and you’ll dedicate time to polishing it up later.
Whatever you do, this technique should be a must in your life to get much more done in less time.
Follow a Template
Starting from scratch and wondering what to do is a sure-fire recipe for failure.
You need to be like a big manufacturer. How do they manufacture a lot every day? They have templates and processes that are followed to make sure they’re as efficient as possible.
You need to do the same. You need to have templates and processes that you use when you want to write your post.
Here’s a sneak peak of my template:
- Intro: I empathize with people and show them that I understand them and then hint that at the end that I have a solution. I may also use the PAS formula, where I share the pain, agitate the problem, then share the solution.
- Body: I provide the solution for the problem and I try to dig deeper to provide value for the reader
- Closing: I try to inspire people to take action
- Headline: I usually use one of Jon Morrow’s Headline formulas and tweak it to suit the topic.
Having this in mind, I’m able to go from an outline to a post in less time. Before I started using the template, it would take me hours just to write a post like this, but with the research in place, it takes me a lot less than that, less than an hour to finish a post like this.
Use Txt Expander to Save Some Strokes
Here’s a neat tip. One thing I’ve noticed about writing is that there are a lot of sentences that we write multiple times every day. Things like our bio, information about the company, or the product that we have, and so on.
Writing the same thing out over and over again is a waste of time.
Find the common phrases or sentences that you write and use a tool like Txt Expander, so that once you write a few characters, the entire sentence appears.
It’s a great time saver.
Write in a Distraction-Free Environment
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
You start writing in your browser and without even consciously noticing it, you open a new tab and open Facebook and you waste half an hour or so before you even realize it.
We’ve all been in that situation. Using the Pomodoro technique helps a little to solve this problem, but you might still fall into this trap from time to time.
You need to focus on writing in a distraction-free environment. The best tool that helps you write effectively in a distraction-free environment is OmmWriter.
It has a very simple interface that blocks the apps in the background and let’s you just write without distractions. The app isn’t free, though. It’s a pay-what-you-want app.
You Can Write More
Getting a post done doesn’t need to take you ages. You can use the techniques that pro writers use to speed up the process.
In this post, you discovered a few tactics that helped me double my writing speed in the past 2 years.
I don’t guarantee that you will double your speed tomorrow, but I’m sure you’ll notice a huge improvement, and with time, you will be able to double your initial speed.
The only thing is that you need to change your routine and start applying the above tactics. Do this and finishing a post will be a much easier job 🙂
Here is my author bio:
Kulwant Nagi a blogger, affiliate marketer and a well-known speaker in India. He started his blogging career in 2011 and managing more than 20 blogs on various niches right now. He teaches how to start a blog, drive traffic and make money with it in a professional way.