If you’re like me, wondering how you can improve the speed of writing articles or blog posts on your website so you can dish out more content on a regular basis then, lucky for you I have done the research on how to write an article fast. I’ve also been writing articles since 2011, so I got a few tips of my own that will surely help you lift your writing game to the next level.
We all can improve our writing. And speed is also one aspect we can work on to save time.
Writing back when I started was fairly simple than it is today. Back then we could write 400-word articles and still get good rankings for it. And I thought 400 was a lot of words back then. Lol.
Nowadays Google likes regular, longer-form content to get good rankings. In fact, one study found that 1890 words were the average word count of the first page results in Google. [Source]
With that said, a blog post should be as long as it should be to answer the question of that topic. So if you answer the question in 1000 words or 5000 words, that’s OK. You should always write for the reader, not the search engine.
So How can we work on speed so we dish out more content?
Complete Your Keyword Research Beforehand
This one is a bit straight-forward. Knowing what you are going to write about when you sit at the desk is so so important. I usually have a list of 20 – 30 keywords ready to go at any given time for me to pick and choose from when I’m ready to write.
So dedicate an hour one day to come up with a keyword list. And a 30 keyword list will last a good month or 2.
Have Dedicated Days For Writing Content
Find what days you are most likely to work best. You are likely a busy person, working on a job and being part of a family means, times you can work and times you can work “peacefully” varies.
So, to counter that, pre-plan the days you are going to write.
But, if you are a single person, still, you may find that some days words just flow through and other times find yourself staring at a blank screen (Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us).
So if you find that you have the most amount of time to work through and you are fresh let’s say on Tuesdays and Sundays, plan to write 3 to 4 articles on those days.
Dedicate Enough Time to Research The Topic
The bigger the topic, the bigger the research time. I find that sometimes when I’m stuck on writing an article, it is because I haven’t done enough research.
So, I always go back and end up doing more research.
I usually, research for around 30 – 45 minutes average for a 1500 word article. But, if you’re doing a longer piece this might be longer.
Then an hour of writing and another 30 minutes of editing and adding images etc.
Write Down The Title and Subheadings Before You Start Writing
If you are not outlining your articles before you start writing the article then you have to start doing this. This alone helped me double my writing speed.
Basically, if you are writing a 1500 word post. Write down the title of the article, then write down your intro, then the subheadings.
Handy Tip: If you are someone who is struggling to come up with 1000+ word articles on a regular basis, this will help you immensely.
Once you write down the subheadings, let’s say for example 5 subheadings, all you have to do is fill in each subheading with 200 to 250 words only. Plus your intro and Conclusion will lift your word count more. This helps by breaking down the task to manageable bits which you can accomplish quickly and easily.
Write First, Edit Later
I used to perfect my blog post as I write. This as you would have guessed, meant I took wayyy longer to finish.
What I do now and I’m sure many other pro-bloggers recommend also is to write first, edit later.
Don’t worry about the mistakes in your initial draft. Get the words on paper first. Or in our cases on a word document lol.
Once you have written everything down, you can go through what you’ve written from the beginning and start to edit.
My Writing Process is This:
I choose a keyword from my list of keywords
I research the topic
Then I write down the title and subheadings
I then proceed to write
Then edit the draft
Then PUBLISH!!! <— (I love this part)
Multitasking is a No-No
If you are doing this while trying to write for your website, then you need to stop multi-tasking asap. While it may seem like you are saving time by multitasking, you are actually progressing little. When it comes to speed, you have to choose 1 task and just do that task until you achieve your goal with that task.
This is the best way to work. Remember, you are building a business here. You want to focus on your business 100% when you are working.
When you are writing, you kind of want to zone out… What I mean is, you want to get into that flow stage where words just pour out of you. This will just hands down speed up your writing. (Don’t worry if you are new to writing and you haven’t experienced this. It will come naturally as you get experienced).
If your mind is constantly switching between things you have to do later or juggling other tasks while you write, then your productivity goes way down.
Always focus on 1 thing at a time.
Use The Pomodoro Technique
I came across this technique a few months ago, from a really cool video, which I will link below. Basically, the Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique, by Francesco Cirillo.
By using this method when you are working, you will have manageable time periods where you work focused (usually 25 minutes) then you take a 5-minute break.
You repeat that another 3 times then you take a longer break of 15 to 30 minutes.
This way you are only working for 25 minutes, which helps you focus at that time. I find that having a small notepad on the desk to write down the distractions that come to mind so I get to them later while using this method helps me not get distracted in that time period.
I don’t know about you but, I’m the sort of person that gets so many ideas and thoughts rushing through my mind when I sit down to do some work. This impacted my productivity until I started to use this technique.
So I find that by using this technique. I’m telling myself, “it’s only 25 minutes I have to focus”.
I know some of you probably have this problem too. Even the best of us get distracted from time to time, So I encourage all of you to try this method.
Here’s The 5 Step Process For The Pomodoro Technique:
- Decide what task you are going to do
- Set the Pomodoro Timer
- Work away till the times up
- Take a 5-minute break
- Repeat this 3 more times
- Take a longer 15 to 30-minute break
Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I hope this article has been of help you. I definitely enjoyed researching this topic as well as adding my own two cents.
I touched on quite a few things in this post that will help you speed up your writing. Some of these tips included pre-planning like, having a keyword list. And if you’re a perfectionist that perfect each sentence as you write in your first draft then you will find that writing first and editing later will significantly improve your speed just by changing this.
My advice is to combine all these tips together and see how you do in 2 weeks’ time. Also, don’t forget to let me know below if these tips have helped you. If you have any questions, don’t be shy to ask them below.