Have you ever been in a situation where you just wanted to write faster because a lot of writing needs to be done or you are way behind a tight writing schedule and you don’t just know how you’ll go ahead and complete them before time? Have you?
Well, if you have then you’re still a human being since we’re all prone to continual mistakes. Even me, I’ve been in a lot of such situation before which nearly made me to stop writing the piece altogether and just do something else.
But later I got a hint of a strategy which is kind of cool to implement because it makes you write faster than you can actually write now. I’ve given the strategy a try and it has really worked for me, since I can now write up to 2000 words in 1 hour these days implementing the strategy.
This writing strategy is very awesome so I’ll be showing you how to go about it and get those writing of yours done way before they’re due to be written and submitted to your numerous clients.
These are the tips in no particular order:
#TIPS 1: Research Thoroughly Before Writing. First of all, what we put out on the computer screen usually depicts how much of a topic we have stored up in memory. This means, if you don’t read up properly on that topic you want to write about, you’d constantly find yourself going back to the internet to find more facts or read more on the topic in other to get enough backups to use in your writing.
Of course when you’re doing this on a continual level, you’d see that you’re wasting too much time on a section of the article just because you haven’t done groundbreaking research on that part; thereby making you waste hours on a feeble 500 words article.
However, the best thing to do under such circumstances is to do thorough research on the topic you want to write on first. Find important info’s that will aid you in writing that topic and try as much as possible to store them in your mind.
If some the info’s are too much to store up in your brain, then jot them down where you’d be able to reach them in no time when you want to refill on what you’ve read.
After doing that, the only thing remaining is just to write. You don’t need to think of what you are to write on since everything is now in your head; all you need do is to write and not stop.
#TIPS 2: Write out Your Outline First. Another way to write superficially fast is to write out the outline of that article or articles out first before you even embark on the writing aspect.
This means that if you want to write an article, putting down all the sub headings will aid you more in writing the article.
Apart from adding sub headings, you can also put find images that correspond with the sub heading that you’ve put in the article. If one of the sub headings talks about goal setting; then Googling and finding an image that paints and brightens the goal setting sub head will do.
In the spirit of doing this, you’d find out that when you’ve written and proofread the article, the only thing remaining would be to send the article to the client or publish it on your blog, if the write up is yours.
#TIPS 3: Set a Time Barrier
WE humans do more efficiently when we are put in a tough time constraint project or given a deadline to a project which needs to be completed before the set time. We find ourselves doing and outperforming our usual pace of work just because of the deadline gave us.
Likewise in writing, I time myself by using the Pomodoro app for Chrome, because when I put a time constraint on my writing, I normally find myself completing the write up earlier than expected, or sometimes, even completing it at exactly when the deadline is just minutes away.
When I time myself, I set it to 30 mins work time and set the short break to 10 mins in other to recover and read a little about the topic before I continue writing again.
So when I hit the timer, it would not only block all the sites that normally distract me when I want to write, it would also give me a 30 minutes work time void of any internet distractions.
After the 30mins has elapsed, I get to enjoy a 10mins break that I can use to read more on the topic I’m writing on. This way, I find myself writing more efficiently because of the 10mins rest and the brain refill I did.
#TIPS 4: Turn off Microsoft Spell Checker. As you already know, Jane, Microsoft word usually shows us a red line under each word it thinks isn’t correct. However, even though it’s a good thing to know an incorrect word as we type; I really don’t think corrections should be shown to us in our first draft which, of course, is usually full of typos.
So if you’re are like me who dislike corrections on my first draft, then you might want to turn off the Ms-Word Spell checker for your first draft, at least, you can turn it on after you might have finished writing the first draft.
Now, you might want to ask, “How do I turn it off?”
First of all, click on the round MsWord logo. (As shown you below).
Once that action has been done, this will immediately bring up a little window. Now, proceed and click on “Word Options”.
After click on “Word Option”, a new page will load up; proceed to click on “proofing”.
Immediately, the proofing section will come up. (Screenshot below)
Now make sure to uncheck all these buttons below (as shown in the screenshot above) –
- Check spelling as you type
- Mark grammar errors as you type
- Check grammar with spelling
After doing all this, you can then continue writing your first draft of your article without having MS-WORD show you every little mistake you make while typing.
Apart from turning off Microsoft Word spell checker you can also limit your urge to correct your wordings as you type by making sure to reduce drastically your use of the backspace button – which plainly is used for deleting words while typing. I know trying to stop using the backspace will be a bit hard if not impossible, but you really need to give it a try in other for you to be able to reduce your constant word deleting.
Because the more you delete, the more time you waste on that same section of the article, which kind of makes writing boring and tiring.
#TIPS 5: Keep Writing, Don’t Stop. After doing the above tweak to your Microsoft WORD, the next thing to do is: write. I know it sounds absurd, but whenever you make a mistake don’t correct it, just keep writing and don’t stop until you reach the end of the article.
Yes, I know it doesn’t make any sense, but it works very well and makes you write faster. No matter the error you omit, leave it and continue writing.
If you will start doing this, you will find yourself writing 15 words in 1 minute and that’s like 500 words in 15mins. So, you might even finish an average 1,000 words article under 30mins, not excluding the editing and planning aspect.
But you won’t be able to hit that target of 500 words in 15 minutes, or a 1000 words article under 30 minutes if you are always editing and correcting every little error you make as you write.
In addition, remember that the mistake you’re currently correcting now can also be corrected same way at the end of the article, so it’s usually good to focus your mind on your writing and not on the mistakes you make while writing the piece.
Once you start doing this, you’ll find yourself writing more and faster and finally getting to complete those articles before the scheduled time and also faster than you write other articles of yours in the past.
#TIPS 6: Practice Fast Writing with Writing Softwares. I included this bullet point almost when I wanted to post this article. I knew there was something I was missing on the topic how to write article faster.
How can you get better at something without constantly doing that particular thing frequently? You can’t, except you practice doing that particular thing on a consistent manner.
So this entails that the more you practice writing with your ten fingers, the better and faster you’d be when you write.
With that said; you can improve your ability to write faster by leveraging these writing softwares below that aid you write fast and also help you gauge how fast you write.
These are some of the writing softwares –
Use them to practice fast writing and you’d surely notice significant improvements whenever you decide to write an article on a very fast manner.
#TIPS 7: Write on a Personal Tone. It has been proven that writing on personal tone, as if you’re writing to someone very close to you, is one of the ways to write faster as a writer.
Ever wondered why I start each of my articles on the note,“Hi Jane,”? Well, I’m assuming you don’t know that yet.
I do that because addressing you as Jane keeps the article at a personal level thereby making me write faster since it’s like I’m writing to someone very close to me.
And when I’m in that mood, words usually don’t fail me since it seems as if I have a lot to say.
This is the same strategy Science fiction author, Isaac Asimov used in his entire novel writing expedition.
He used that strategy to write over 500 novels, both fiction and nonfiction in his entire lifetime as a novelist, just because of the awesome ability of not thinking of himself as writing, but picturing himself as a person who’s having a personal conversation with his friend.
Likewise, you should give it a try, it always works. Try and start your articles or novels with a person’s name that’s very close to you.
Start it like I usually start mine. I first of all start all my write ups with – Hi Jane.
Then after that, I go ahead to explain the write up as if I’m talking or writing a personal letter to Jane in a way she would understand.
You geddit now, right?
If you truly want to be a fast writer, then focusing on these tips and making sure to learn using them as your own strategy will aid you be a better and faster writer.
So give it a try today and write the heck out of your keypads.