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How To Write Fast and Make Your Unique Content Dazzle!

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Last Updated on August 23, 2022 by Ben Oakley

 Writing fast and creating unique content at the same time is easier than you think!

Let’s get straight to it – first thing’s first – you just gotta write!

If you’re not writing anything at all, and I mean nothing, then writing fast is going to be a struggle from the offset. Do you do write any of the following on a regular basis?

  • Fiction
  • Essays
  • Reports
  • Blog posts
  • Articles
  • Tweets
  • Emails
  • Text messages!

If you do any of the above, then you’re already halfway there! And yes – Tweeting is writing. If you’ve managed to squeeze out a 50-word Tweet, then you can write content that will make you money.

10 x 50-word Tweets is a 500-word article – really the bare minimum for a non-time-sensitive article. Many breaking news stories come in at 200 to 400 words and that’s if they’re lucky.

A 500 to 700-word article is the sticking point for blog posts and articles on your site. Long-form articles are generally between 800 and 1,500 words. Even longer for complete guides and full breakdowns.

Bottom line – 10 x 50-word Tweets is a 500-word article.

What does this have to do with writing speed?

You can write fast by using your own voice!

When you post on social media, you’re doing something quite extraordinary – beyond rants and arguments – you’re using your own voice. When you write the same way you speak, the words drop onto the page that much easier.

Sure, it doesn’t work for everything. Writing a 2,000-word essay might not necessarily require your voice to be casual and matter of fact but you can draft it with your own voice and fill in the academic gaps and facts later.

Write with confidence!

Push your chest out, sit up straight and write like you’re penning a masterpiece that’ll be read generations after you’ve gone – even if it’s not. Having confidence in your own voice is one way to ensure you are writing consistently and easily.

Remember to breathe! You’d be surprised how many writers get so caught up in their work that they’re not taking deep breaths!

Your audience may read your work, but they will return for your voice.

There is a tendency among writers, especially fiction writers, to lose faith in themselves before the product is ever brought to market. It’s because we believe that which we write will never be read and we let doubt seep into our souls.

Doubt is a killer for creativity, so the trick is to not doubt yourself.

You can do this by:

  • Not comparing yourself with others.
  • Writing content that YOU find helpful.
  • Believing in your content.
  • Having faith in your ability.
  • Ignoring doom-mongers and nay-sayers.
  • Having fun with your writing.

Don’t aim for perfection every time you write!

Does everything have to be perfect? No! Is this post you’re reading right now, perfect? No! Does it matter? No! Perfectionism has been the greatest hindrance to creativity since time began.

The point of this article is to show you how you can type fast and have something be:

  • Legible
  • Easy to digest
  • Helpful
  • Informative

They are the four major elements you should include in every blog post or article you write.

When writing fiction, your first draft is exactly that – a FIRST draft. Throw caution to the wind. Screw grammar for a few hours a day and let your fingers tap out as much nonsense as you want.

If you’ve got a rough plan in place for the theme, then let your imagination guide you. Ignore the pantser versus plotter debate, it’s a waste of time, do what works for you, find your own method.

If you aim for perfection every time you sit down to write, then you’re not going to get anywhere fast. Trying to write perfect prose in every sentence is like trying to hit the bullseye on a darts board every time you throw a dart.

Even professional dart players will never hit the bullseye on every throw so stop worrying about creating a masterpiece and focus on what matters the most – getting words on a screen and getting your message across.

Of course, before you publish, you will have read your document back and edited it to achieve as close to perfection as you can. That’s the point of a second, third, or even a tenth draft of a written piece.

That first draft however – free yourself from the restraints of grammar and perfectionism and just hit the ground running!

Use a word document, don’t type directly into your blog software!

A word document could be Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, or Google Docs. Even a text pad if that gets your juices flowing.

Using the right productivity tools for the job is one way to improve the speed of your writing.

When you load up WordPress, or another website builder and use it to type your content into, you’ll find something creep up on you from the depths of the digital age – distraction!

If perfectionism is a hindrance to creativity, then distraction is its big brother.

Distractions could be anything from pop-up notifications, on-screen adverts, another tab flashing at you, and your messaging app going crazy in the bottom right-hand corner.

But the biggest distraction of all is the desire to visualise your work as you write it. When you create content in your blog editor, there is a tendency to design it as you write which is a huge distraction.

Examples of blog editor distractions as you write:

  • Headers
  • Heading 2 tags
  • Technical SEO
  • Keyword SEO
  • Text alignment
  • Images
  • Spacing
  • Advertisements
  • Paragraph blocking
  • Adding links

These are elements that should come AFTER the piece has been written and edited, not before and certainly not during.

I used to author articles inside of my website editor and didn’t realise how much it was slowing me down. Once I realised that I should be writing in a Word document and THEN copying and pasting it into the editor, my productivity increased around 33% – and that’s being conservative.

The lowdown on how to write fast and have your unique content dazzle the audience!

Taking all the above into account:

  • Write using your own voice.
  • Don’t aim for perfection.
  • Ignore first draft grammar errors.
  • Don’t write using your blog editor.
  • Write using a word document.
  • Minimise distractions.
  • Write with confidence.
  • Don’t compare yourself with others.
  • Believe in your abilities.
  • Have faith in yourself.

One more important thing to remember and to actively achieve is to celebrate! Not just yourself but the piece you’ve just written.

Whatever it’s an article you’ve published on your website or a self-published eBook – YOU did that, no-one else. If your website or blog is online for the long run, then your article will be there for many years to come.

That book you wrote which proudly has your name in big bold letters on the front cover, is yours! You did that, no-one can take that away from you.

This article you’re reading right now comes in at 1,181 words and it took 65 minutes to complete its first draft! Then twice that to edit and hit the publish button.

Believe in yourself and you CAN write fast, and you CAN write well.

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Ben Oakley is a bestselling author, researcher, publisher, blogger, and mental health advocate from Camden, England. Usually found on Twitter or in the bars and parks of Camden. Agathokakological is his favourite word!