Learn how to write content faster with my 10 tips. If you want your blog to produce some quality content, follow the tips in this piece! Long blog posts can be daunting to write. Sometimes you need a little assistance to produce the best content possible.
You want to produce quality content that will capture the attention of Google and create a website full of articles that people want to read and share.
Are you looking for ways to finish your posts faster, my 10 tips will give you a place to start and grow?
Write Your Content Faster
- Differentiate between Research and Writing
- Write First, Proofread Later
- Create an Outline
- Never Struggle to be a Perfectionist
- Try Writing the Conclusion First
- Write the Introductory Part
- Set a Timer
- Practice like an Olympian
- Take a Break – Let your mind organize your thoughts
- Organize Your Ideas, Notes, and Research
When you first start your blog, it can be frustrating to spend hours on a single post you’re not even sure will be worth anything. But the good thing is, the content doesn’t have to come out all at once. In general, start with less demanding posts and work your way up when you see good results.
When I first started writing on my blog I would write a post over 2 days. I would do my research, find a keyword title, look at competition articles on the first page of Google, get some ideas for three subheadings and make some notes. By this time I would have an idea for the introduction, so I would write that.
Once I was tired I would leave it for the day (my mind would still be working away) and come back fresh the next day and finish it very quickly. Structure and practice will make you faster over time!
Here are some writing tricks that can help you improve your blog posts and produce more high-quality content. These writing tips are easy to learn, but they require a commitment to your craft and the ability to keep going.
Let’s get started.
1. Differentiate between Research and Writing
It can be so much fun to read blogs, find the correct facts and brainstorm new ideas. But you’ll waste hours reading posts online, and not produce anything.
Most writers conversely use multitasking – they spend time researching, writing, and drafting their blog posts or creating new content until they are finished. Once that is done, they close down their browsers, disconnect from the internet and start writing.
If you hit a snag and must go back for a fact, do your best to get back in the flow. Resist the urge to stop writing.
Instead, mark your draft with “*” to signal it is the first draft and save time. Then when you come back, you can change whatever needs to be changed. The idea is to get your first draft out of your head and onto the page. You might want to go back again in the future and change whatever needs changing!
When you are adding new posts daily to your website you will be always going back to earlier posts to polish and update them. Google likes this!
2. Write First, Proofread Later
Editing is a subtle part of the writing process, just like curating your blog content. But, it’s also a later step like publishing and sharing that post with the world at large.
Many professional writers don’t stop after every sentence to go back and check if they got it right. They’re in their writing zone, making edits as they go along.
One of the ways to make sure that your writing is professional is to write and edit as you go through it. Middle-of-the-way people say they didn’t understand what they were writing, so they will rewrite.
If you spend all night editing your blog post, getting to the publish button will take hours. Instead, write the entire blog post in one long messy session and edit it later.
Personally, I just correct anything that Grammarly picks up in red and that doesn’t break my flow of thought.
3. Create an Outline
Break up the text into short parts before you start writing to make it easier for you when you begin.
- Body – 3 Subheadings
Be aware that if you write around 300 words for an introduction and the same under three subheadings. By the time you have added 300 words in the conclusion, you will have a 1500 word article, without even having to think too hard.
By breaking an article down into subheadings and ideas you will quickly find that when you do your research you are writing a subheading and adding a few notes as reminders.
The body of your blog post may consist of a few other sections, so including a transition word or phrase is always beneficial.
Note what you want to say in the Conclusion and Introduction paragraphs. Now, use this outline for your blog post
The time you need to write a blog post is crucial because it informs your reader of just how much work you give when writing the piece.
A tool like Grammarly not only prevents moments where you forget to spellcheck or include even one typo but helps prevent that dreadful feeling of writing an ineffective piece that doesn’t have any impact on readers. Grammarly Pro can help you smooth out your style of writing, especially if it’s not your first language or you haven’t written for a living.
4. Never Struggle to be a Perfectionist
It’s not a matter of whether your blog post is perfect or not. While perfection isn’t necessary for every blog post, poor grammar, spelling errors, and typos can disrupt a reader’s experience.
You should know that you can’t cover everything and that if you’re writing or editing something – even if it is your blog posts – it will constantly evolve and so will your skills.
No matter how many times your content gets published, it will never be too late to fix any mistakes or issues you might have. That is the joy of WordPress, you can polish it after you have published and update to your heart’s content.
5. Try Writing the Conclusion First
Your conclusion is where you spend all of your effort writing. It’s a place that should include several short but intriguing sentences, as well as an attractive CTA.
It makes sense to write the conclusion of your post sooner rather than later. This will help you focus on the narrative of your article sometimes and it is a trick used by many professional writers.
Record the main points of your piece. Explain what you said and why it’s true. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t quite proved your point yet. That’s a minor concern and one you can fix after you’ve written the conclusion.
6. Write the Introductory Part
All good writers know how important it is to entice readers with the first line. That first line can get someone to the second, and so on. 35% of sales are made from the opening paragraph, so grab your reader’s attention.
It’s not much use if you only have two hours to publish a piece, so make sure you allow yourself enough time. Don’t rush into writing; instead, plan it carefully. And keep in mind that energy levels will vary greatly depending on how well planned your article is and how good your first sentence is.
7. Set a Timer and Write Content Faster
A blog post is an opportunity to expand your thoughts and awareness. It’s essential to be aware of how long you are writing for, and such features as word-count limits are great tools for reminding writers when it’s time to take a break.
Set a timer for 30 minutes. Work on your post without stopping for 30 minutes, then take a 5-minute break, stretch, walk around or get a coffee. I often use these mini-breaks to practice a lead riff for 5 minutes, it refreshes my mind.
You can use these half-hour time windows to complete one task related to your post. Maybe you want to prompt yourself to reach a specific word count before the buzzer sounds.
Break the tasks into chunks, the first 30 minutes writing the introduction and one subheading. The second 30 minutes writing the next 2 subheadings, and the third 30 minutes writing the conclusion and an edit.
This is an amazing way to go about your work. You can achieve more with less pressure by outsourcing some tasks and correcting them (get a copywriter to write the article and polish it yourself.) It’s a beneficial strategy to run your business and accomplish more.
8. Practice like an Olympian
It’s essential to practice what you’re doing to be good at it. Many people continually work on their craft and practice every day; this allows them to excel.
Writing can be difficult, but good things come to those who put in the time and effort. If you write a blog post every month, it will take several hours of writing to warm up and produce something worth sharing with your readers.
If you’re a new blogger and your work is moving slowly, don’t worry about it and keep doing what you’re doing. It may take a while longer, but you will get there.
Like any new skill, practice over time will have you speeding up. Analyze how you organize your writing and gradually perfect the sequence so that you don’t have to think about how to do it, you just follow your plan of action.
9. Take a Break
Block out distractions and create time for focus. So, what if you’re blocked for a little bit?
Keep your mind occupied with other tasks to avoid burnout. Focusing on other aspects of your job can keep you fresh in the long term. Go for a walk and let your mind plan your writing. I like to work in my garden, weeding clears my mind and I’m ready to write when I sit down at my computer.
Sneak back to your desk in the evening hours when nobody is looking, and then write perfectly crafted copy as fast as you can. Impress on your family that you need quiet and no distractions while you work (this isn’t always easy to get) but persist kindly and gently to remind them.
I find that if someone interrupts me I make eye contact and totally listen to what they have to say, comment, check that they are done, and resume my work. This way they feel validated and pretty soon they give you time to work, especially if you have set times that you regularly are working.
10. Organize Your Ideas, Notes, and Research
It’s essential to have a post that links to other blog posts, cites scientific studies, or provides evidence to be convincing. This research takes some time. I personally like to keep these notes on my computer so that I can access them quickly (I will even open a fresh word document with the research, links, and graphs ready to add to my post.)
It is important to create a system that works for you. It doesn’t have to cost money or take up time, just choose a simple system to keep your notes tidy where you can find them quickly.
Some people keep their research, ideas, and notes in Evernote for reference while writing their posts.
You can save:
- Blog posts
- Scientific papers
- Giveaways from mailing lists, etc.
Evernote is an excellent tool that you can use to store and organize all the research, ideas, and notes you have. This will make it so easy for you to find them later on when you need them.
Becoming a fast writer takes practice like any other skill in life. Creating a system that works for you from organizing your research to creating an outline and setting a timer. All these tips will help you to grow and become skilled and it is a skill worth having.
Wishing you success on your journey.
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2 thoughts on “Write Content Faster: 10 Tips”
Some really useful tips here, I had never thought to write the conclusion first until now. Setting a timer is also a really great habit to get into, it definitely allows you to stay focused and move onto another task or duty if you do over-run, you can always go back to finish something off a little later.
I enjoy a short walk with a light podcast around 30 minutes before I begin composing a new article, I find this works for me similarly to how you work in your garden to clear your mind.
So very true Danny. You just have to find a way that is comfortable to let your mind sort the idea into a sequence. If you make it a healthy habit even better!