Writing is pretty easy for me. It’s one of my “super powers”. In college, I excelled in English and always chose courses that would accept a term paper or written report over a final exam. I hated tests! It’s other types of online content (like videos or webinars (yikes!) that are far more challenging. Honestly, if all I had to do was write stuff all day, I’d be happy as a clam.
Anyway, this isn’t about me. I want to talk generally about the issue of writing speed. I this is an issue for many. You feel like it just takes you forever to write a damn blog boost.
I know and understand this is an issue for many. You feel like it just takes you FOREVER to write a blog post. My oldest daughter inherited the writing bug and today is a published author for young adult fiction. My second child, however, not so much.
She’d sit there for a couple of hours working on a school paper assignment only to have less than half a page completed. She’d write a little and then rewrite over and over again. Does this sound familiar?
Here’s the good news, there’s no magic pill I can give you here to make a writing ninja out of you. Like many things, there’s something to be said for experience. But, here are a few tips I find that help a lot.
- First, outline key points you want to cover.
- Just write. Let the words flow out on the paper. Brainstorm your ideas out. Let the words flow out all over the screen. Don’t question it. Just it out. Don’t even stop to correct a typo.
- When you’re done, save it as a draft and walk away. Go do something else. Forget about it for a little while. When you come back to it, you’ll have a fresh mindset and put on your editor hat.
This is when you can better organize your thoughts, pick out subheadings, add more content, media, links, etc. Stick to your outline by cutting and pasting text to make your blog more organized.
When you’re writing, do so in a conversational way. You’re just talking to another person. Although you might think you’re writing to a whole group of people, every single reader is just one person. So writing online content doesn’t have to feel all that much different than writing an email to a friend or colleague.
To summarize, the best way to speed up your writing and make it less of a chore is to first build an outline, separate writing from editing and write conversationally.