Writing blog posts can be time consuming and a lot of work but they don’t have to be. There are a whole lot of little tweaks, hacks, and tips you can use to hone your post/article writing skills, in this article I’ll share with you a dozen or more things that you can do to speed up your writing skills and I’ll also share what works for me.
For starters lets me say that everyone has his/her own style and using what works well for others may not be the best way for you. However it never hurts to impalement things that work for others into what works for you, who knows you may combine the techniques to produce the best, fastest writing method ever.
Alright for starters when writing an article it’s a good idea to have an idea of what you want to write about, no pun intended. Have a place that you feel relaxed to work in, for me this is just sitting back in bed, on the front porch swing, or in a rocking chair as long as it doesn’t make my butt hurt. Also the more you can write the more potential money you can make, not always true some people get lucky and write just a few and make some good money, but this article is not about making money that comes later.
Once you are in your zone, your work area is setup, and you have the idea for your post in your head you could just start banging away at the keys and this works for some, not so well for other. Some people are gifted with the ability to just flow through articles like it was part of their diet and crank out ten or twenty articles a day, while the rest of us are lucky if we get done writing one of two.
Here is what I like to do before I go to sleep. I take a pen and a tablet [paper notebook] and write out ideas for post topics. Some of them I know a good deal about and others I need to do a little research on, for the ones that I’m a little iffy on I place an asterisk * by.
The next morning or whenever I get started, I start by finding the place I’m going to do my best work at, open up my laptop, open up my notebook, turn my phone on silent, lay my Android tablet nearby just in-case I need to research more than I can on my laptop.
Once my laptop is on I open OpenOffice and add in post title then start filling it in with everything I want to cover or know about the subject, I also open up a web browser and do a search on the subject to see how many other article are online. I then open a couple of the top ones in new tabs, and even a couple for a few pages away in the search.
I then glance over them to see if there is anything in them that could make my article better. I read them quickly, take a few notes if there is not much that could help me and move on to the next one. I never just copy the work of someone else, I may take a key point that is common or if it is unique to their article I’ll copy it and add their name and site to it.
That is something you just don’t do, never steel the content that someone else worked on. Use it if you must but be sure that the credit goes to them, or better yet ask them some bloggers may have no problem with you using some of their work for a link back to their site.
Anyway moving on to writing faster. I like to do most of my work offline, well drafting it off line and once I’m done I copy it to my blog as a draft where I’ll tweak it a bit. [That’s to funny not to mention, I was typing tweak, but didn’t hit my a key hard enough so my auto-correct made it twerk]
Alright all joking aside, well maybe not all joking that would make it a very dull read, even more so that it already it so just deal with it ;). Ok moving on… many good and great bloggers agree that using a simple structure for your posts is a great way to speed up the writing structures like lists.
They also say it’s a good idea to play around with your headline, hack it a little you don’t want the same title as ten-thousand other articles, you want to stand out a bit, but still be in the same group… headlines like 7 Ways to Earn More Money Online, How-to Achieve Your Goals, or whatever. Just play with them and you’ll come up with something.
You’ll want you headline to provide a benefit that your readers will be drawn in by and make them want to read your post. You can write your article however you like, you can start with a simple list of tips and expand from there adding sub-headlines to help explain things a little better and break it down into more readable content. People tend to digest things in smaller doses. I’m not saying to skip on all the great content you are writing, just to break it up a bit, when will even make your article/post look a bit longer.
Give an inspiring conclusion or your best tips at the end, you can even add a call to action to get your readers to subscribe to your list but that’s another topic altogether. Introductions are important but when you write them is not that important, some people do it before they start on the main content of their article and some do it after the article is done.
I mainly do my introduction before I start writing, and usually only do one draft because I don’t go back and change the spelling of words I do that while I’m writing, which is not the best way to do things if your looking to bang out ten article a day or more but it works for me.
Sometimes mistakes are alright for some bloggers, as long as people know what you are talking about. I personally try to avoid them but sometime overlook them especially when I was doing all my work online. I never did like looking too stupid unless it’s just for fun lol.
Anyway I could go on and on and on, but for your sake and mine here are some quick tips in list form and I don’t want to start breaking one of my new habits that being a one hours time limit per post, and if I can get done faster then great yeah me.
Quick List of Speed Tips:
- Come up with ideas for posts in advance | this reduces wasted time you can do this by making a list.
- Make an outline each and every time | Use you idea, start with the key points, you can expand on them after your basic outline is done. Every topic will be varied depending on what’s it about but the basic just of it is.
- An Introduction
- You main content
- Facts, case studies if any
- and Conclusion
- Breaking your outline down into bullet points that help move through the post can help greatly, they should have a beginning, a middle, and an ending.
Reaching is a great and sometimes fun way to come up with great content for your next post or even the one your working on now and using the right tools and make it even better. You spend an hour or two the night or morning before you plan to write coming up with ideas and then doing some research, take some notes, and when you start you article you should breeze through it.
Once your are writing don’t stop, if you come to a point that you need to do a little more research on or fact checking just mark it with an asterisk, X, highlighter, brackets, or whatever. Once your done with the first draft while the idea is still fresh in your head then go back and edit the points you marked.
Most professional writers don’t stop after every sentence or paragraph, they wait until they are finished before they go back and edit it. Unless they are highly productive and nail it on the first try, but hey we are human we make mistakes, we are not perfect and even our computers screw up from time to time. The point is if you stop after every sentence to change, refine, and edit your post it will take hours to get it published.
Just write the whole thing in one setting. Granted there are times when your on the go and an idea hits for a great post, well you can write out a quick title and key points then and fill it in when you get time, but for the most part when you start an article finish it staying within your outline.
Once this first draft is done, then go back and change the errors and add to it if needed and remover stuff that just does not make sense. Add your images and other media at this time if you have any.
Don’t Worry About Being Perfect
Your not writing literature your writing a blog post so it’s alright if it’s not perfect. However you should correct any typos, grammar, and spelling mistakes just so you don’t look like too much of a dummy. The awesome thing about blogging is that you can always go back an change it and fix anything that you may have missed.
After all we are human and our eyes get tired so we sometimes miss things the first, second, or even third time around. I know I have and still do, I’ve looked over some of my old posts and while reading it come across something that made me say WTF, well if I said it then how many others said it… so I edit it real quick in hopes no one else will see it, it doesn’t happen often but it happens.
Like the old saying goes practice makes perfect, or close to it I say. You need to train yourself to just write, you may want to go back and waste time, don’t move on. Your writing will suffer, I fix most of my errors as I type now, but not always, like I said not every tip is for everyone you have to find what works for you, using these tips can save you a butt load of time.
I do only fix my errors after each paragraph or section, never after each word or sentence. Also work using a timer, this timer can be used to say OK your done for the day, or hey take a break and clear your head. It could also be used to let you know that you are getting close to you time limit.
Lastly take a break, if you run into a road block just save your work [better do that often], get up and take a walk, a nap, watch a movie, have sex, whatever gets you out of your funk, do anything but think about your post. After a bit of a break get back to work and you maybe surprised that you start to flow.
Also don’t expect that you can cover everything, that’s the great thing about the internet. You can link to other sites that explain things a little better, no sense in reinventing the wheel, I don’t think it’ll give you a smoother ride using any other shape.
Keep Your Notes and Other Research Organized:
Being organized can really help speed thing up, it also takes time to put all those notes, ideas, links, and other research into one place that just works, for a time I used Google Keep and still may dip into it a bit but now I use Evernote, sure it cost a little if you want more but the basic features are enough for most people.
Any tool can work as long as you use it, heck even online like Google Drive and Docs are a good way to go. It gives you a place to store your documents, notes, photos, video, sex tapes… uh cough… never mind that last part, you can store anything you like and access it from any device you like as long as you have internet access and remember your password.
I personally like to give myself two hours for research and post writing, then allow about half an hour for editing. Also here is a tip that may not speed up your writing but make it look a bit better… add some white-space.
Other Sites With Great Information:
Well there you have it that is all I have for this article until I decide to make it better, or cut out the fluff. Anyway I hope you enjoyed it and found it a little informative, please leave any suggestion you may have or would like to see in this article in the comments. I will read them, and add them to the list and keep the best ones for myself… cough you can’t see that last part, you are getting sleepy.