How to Speed Up Your Article Writing Process (without losing quality)
We, bloggers, are required to publish a ton of content on a frequent basis. But writing content is just one part of the deal. There are many other aspects of blogging that barely leave you any time to write a single word.
It is at that time that you ask yourself the famous question:
How can I write faster without losing any quality?
Well, many have tried to answer that. But, to be honest, there is no simple answer.
However, there are many ways you can shorten the time spent on writing articles without sacrificing any of the quality you intend to publish.
Let’s see what you can do:
1 – Hire A Content Writer
If you are not writing content at a speed of light because writing is not your cup of tea, then you may want to consider hiring someone else to do it. In fact, even if you are a good content writer, you may want to outsource some of your workloads.
Many websites offer you the opportunity to hire writers. You can ask for their work samples, pick your favorites and pay them to handle your writing for you.
But that can only be done if your blog is making enough money to allow you to hire others. If that’s not the case yet, then the tips below will help.
2 – Cut Down on the Distractions
Sometimes you are writing at a speed of +100 words per minute. Your fingers are typing at an incredible speed. Ideas are flowing out and taking shape on the white document in front of you.
Suddenly, you can’t type anymore. Why?
Because you have just received an email. Or because you have a new Facebook notification.
Maybe an unread text. A small ring interrupts your writing, and now you can’t write anymore.
That is the worst thing that can happen to you. Not only does it slow your writing down because you need to check and respond to that email, but you may not be able to finish writing at all.
If you lose your chain of thoughts, you won’t know what to write about anymore. So, because of one quick text, you have to postpone the work to another day.
That’s why you should put your phone on airplane mode. You should also work without constantly checking your social media accounts.
You can check your emails two times a day: once before you get started and once when you’re done working.
The thought that something may be urgent so you should respond to it is just a fantasy. Very rare are the occasions where it is actually worth responding to anything within five minutes.
3 – Don’t Edit Yourself While Writing
The problem with a perfectionist (and most seem to be so) is that you look for perfection at all times. That includes when you are still writing your article.
If you get stuck at a word, or you think you misspelled something, just move on. You will come to edit it later.
Sometimes, when you are using an editing and proofreading software, like Grammarly, it highlights in red your mistakes as you write. (Read Damjan’s awesome review of Grammarly HERE).
Every writer hates that color, and it bothers them when they see it. The first reaction is to go ahead and correct it, but that shouldn’t be the case.
Leave the simple spelling and grammar mistakes for later. Turn off your spelling and grammar checkers while you are writing the first draft.
You are not going to send that version to your client or publish it to your blog anyway.
You can edit your work once you’re done writing it. Still, I always recommend leaving it a day or two before checking on it again when you’re not under strict deadlines.
4 – Write Under Pressure
During the last week of January (22nd to 28th), I was able to write 3 academic essays for my own studies and 3 articles for a client. Each of these was about 2,000 words. A whopping total of 12,000 words in -less than- 6 days.
The reason I was able to do so is quite simple: I had a deadline to submit the work.
There was no room for interruptions and playing around. There was 100 percent focus on writing the best quality content under the shortest amount of time possible.
I followed my content writing process, adapted it to my writing needs, and made sure I finished every assignment in a day.
5 – Outline Your Work Before You Start It
The next two tips may sound contradicting, but they are not.
If you want to write as fast as possible, then you need to know what your content is about. You need to have a structure to follow.
Each point you make needs to lead to the next point on your outline. That order of thought will keep you focused and organized, even when you are at a loss for words.
Even better is that because you already have an outline, you can choose to work on whichever section of the article.
If the first part seems to be more complicated than you thought, then you move on to the following section. You can come back to fill the gaps later.
6 – Start Free Writing
The worst thing that can happen to a blogger is not knowing what to write about anymore. And that’s because there is so much to write about.
So, you feel overwhelmed and not able to produce a single word that meets your standards and guidelines.
The solution is simple: ditch the standards.
Open a new word document and rant about a topic you want to talk about. Just free ball it.
At the end of your rant, you’ll have an almost complete article that you can simply edit to your liking.
If it needs more structure, then add it. Mistakes? Correct them. Missing data? Do some research.
Whatever your article needs at this point is easy to get. It’s not like having a blank page.
Not only will you have an article ready, but you’ll eliminate your fears of a blank page. Writer’s block is a real problem, and free writing is a real solution.
7 – Use Your Voice to Type
You don’t have to always use the keyboard to write your articles. Now, you can simply say what you think out loud. If you are short on time, you can dictate, and a software like Google’s voice type will take care of the rest for you.
You will need to enunciate your words carefully to minimize the typos. But then again, you don’t need to edit as you speak. You can leave that for when you’re done and need to have a look at your work.
It is known that we speak faster than we write. So, following this logic, it is clear that your speed dictating your article to a software will be much faster than writing it all by yourself.
If you are not comfortable with editing, then the next tip will help you out.
8 – Hire an Editor
Writers are perfectionists, but they don’t like to be told their writing sucks. It is safe to say that about everyone else. And quite frankly, no one is expecting content by Edgar Allan Poe here.
Still, you need to keep the quality of your content at a higher level. When you are writing fast, your concern is always the quality.
However, I have found it that an editor can worry about that more than I should. That’s why I have hired one from UpWork, and all my content goes through her first.
I don’t need to worry about typos anymore and grammatical mistakes anymore. I use Grammarly to fix out 75 percent and the rest she takes care of.
The best thing about it is that rather than spending time rereading and rewriting my work, I save myself some time to research my next article.
You can use an editor as well. They will help make your content read better and give you enough time to worry about your next piece.
9 – Write Even When You Are Done
One thing I haven’t felt in about two years is boredom. There is so much to do that there is barely any time to feel or be bored.
But, feeling lazy, that’s not going anywhere.
So, when I am done with my daily tasks, I usually have a look at my editorial calendar. There are a lot of articles that need to be worked on.
That reminds me that work never stops. So, I start working on the next piece.
This way, you will always be ahead of your schedule. Instead of always catching up with your day, you can be ahead of it.
And when you finally feel that “today you don’t feel like doing anything”, you can rest assured that you are ahead of schedule.
As you can see, there is secret to writing faster that doesn’t include putting work into your craft. But it is possible to write faster, better, and not waste time.
That is the most important rule: No time wasted.
After doing this for a while, you’ll realize your writing speed isn’t changing that much, but the time spent writing is much shorter. And that’s because you are spending it all on writing the content and not worrying about everything else.
About the author:
Youness Bermime is a professional content writer and marketer. He currently writes to help other bloggers become more successful in writing content and promoting it effectively. He believes knows that SEO is not dead, and that content will always be king.
You can learn more on his blog at WritersDo and ActionTakingMogul. You can also follow him on Twitter.