Here’s a freelance writing truth: the more you write, the more you earn. It can’t be any other way. And it doesn’t matter WHAT kind of writing you do, whether you write novels, write articles, or write copy as an advertising copywriter.
Therefore, anything which will help you to improve your writing speed is gold to you.
I’m a productivity nerd: I LOVE anything which promises to improve my productivity, and I think it’s this willingness to write more which has boosted my writing income, and will continue to improve it in the future.
So let’s look at how to write articles to order, FAST.
1. Write several articles at the same time
Batch-write your articles. At any one time, on any day, I may be working on five to ten articles, and have another ten ready to go into production. I have a daily word count I aim to meet, which is vital to me – I know how many words I MUST produce each day. This “must” count is low. It’s a word count I can accomplish even with a grinding migraine, and it exists as a benchmark.
Then I have a PREFERRED word count, which is my goal word count. The point of telling you this is that you need to do something similar if you want to write a lot. Set benchmarks, and goals.
2. Time yourself as you write
Glance at the clock before you start writing, and glance at it again when you finish an article. Your first article may take you several hours. However, within a month or two, you should be able to write an excellent article within half an hour to an hour.
3. Create outlines for all your articles the day before
Whenever I receive a commission to write an article (or more commonly, a package of ten articles for the Web), I create fast list outlines for each article. With the list outline created for each article, I know what research to do, and I research in a batch, as well as writing articles in a batch. I don’t spend a lot of time on the list outline – five minutes per article, tops.
Separating drafting/ outlining articles from writing them helps you to write faster, because your subconscious mind starts working on the articles while you’re going through your day.
4. Write at your most creative times
I like to write first, before I get involved in the day to day running of my business. I may also write in the evenings – I’m quite creative both early and late.
Do your article writing at different times, to see at what times you’re more creative. When do you best write in “flow”?
5. Write fast, then revise tomorrow
Here’s the writing process in a nutshell: plan, draft, revise, final copy.
So when you’re writing your articles, write them fast, and revise them tomorrow.
6. Practice makes speed
If you keep an eye on how long it takes you to write an article, you’ll get faster with every article you write. Practice really does make you fast. So if it takes you four hours to write an article today, in a couple of months it will take you twenty to forty minutes, if you write every day.
Have fun writing articles fast – if you make fast writing a goal, you WILL achieve it.
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