I’ve been writing for over 10 years. If there’s one thing I would like to share with you in order for you to write fast, it’s this : practice.
That’s it, seminars over, we can all go home now.
Kidding aside, it does require a lot of practice. When you’re first starting out, I can understand that writing can be a tough challenge for most people. Most people struggle with writing and have writers block. I still have writers block and it will never go away.
It’s like public speaking as well. No matter how many talks you do, you still get a bit nervous. Tony Robbins still gets a tiny bit nervous when he’s about to speak even though he’s been doing it for over 3 decades. So writer’s block is part of the package of being a great writer.
I believe writing is a gift. You have the gift of communication and you can move people with your words. It’s a worthy gift that you can give to the world and should be cherished and honed over your lifetime if you’re serious.
One of the best ways in which you can create quality work is to simply write fast. If you learn how to write fast, you can produce more content a lot quicker.
A person who sits down and writes a 10,000 word article that is perfect may get more likes and followers than you. However it’s just one article. But if you’re writing average pieces of content on a regular basis, let’s say 1 per day, that’s 365 content pieces you’ve produced over the year rather than 1 piece.
Another way in which you can view the effectiveness of articles is through traffic. I like to view one article as one visitor per day. So if I write 100 articles, I should get approximately 100 visitors per day if it’s done correctly. It’s not exactly 100 but it would hover around that number.
Once again, you don’t want to be sitting down and analysing the crap out of your article. This really is putting a disservice to yourself and the community.
By analysing your content while you’re writing, ideas will be lost. I find that when I write fast, more ideas come my way and I just have to capture it before I forget it. But if I sit down and focus on writing perfect content and edit it, I would forget the idea and then I’m sitting there like an idiot for trying to fix my sentence structure.
Now I would like to share with you a few ways in which you can improve the speed of your writing.
Once again, practice will always reign supreme over someone who practices little. Tiger Woods was practicing golf in his garage at age 12 with his dad. That means he had over 25 years experience before he went professional. Imagine that, 25 years of practice before you go pro. Would that give you the advantage over someone who practices every once and a while? You bet.
Writing is the same. Practice every single day. I believe that blogging is a great way in which you can practice your writing. Some content will be crap and some will be great. Some people will read it and some people won’t. Don’t worry about it. The big picture is that you’re using your blog as a way to practice writing and also sharing your ideas even though they are not perfect.
This one is a big one but if you can practice writing freely, you’ll be writing a lot quicker. Of course, it does help to know how to touch type but when you really let go of your mind and just write directly from your thoughts, you’ll find there’s a synergy between your brain and the keyboard. It’s like having a direct link to your brain and you’re dumping the words on paper.
I must admit, sometimes this is a bit tricky. It depends on your mood and what you’re going through. If you’re going through a divorce or some traumatic experience, your mind won’t be in that free state. Your anger may appear and it will reflect in your writing.
So it’s really important to practice writing freely on what’s on your mind. If you keep holding back, you will only be shooting yourself in the foot. You won’t write and you won’t get anything done.
Ignore the monkey mind.
I find that whenever I write, my monkey mind starts to act up. Have you ever noticed that whenever you’re writing, you start to doubt yourself? I don’t know why this happens but it just does. Even if you’re 100% confident in your topic and you’ve been immersed in it for decades, doubt will still exist.
Ignore it. Don’t doubt your writing. After all, it’s you that’s writing it, it’s your opinion and it’s your perspective on it. Don’t let anyone tell you want to do because no one know anything in this world.
Ignore that monkey mind and just write.
Write what you’re passionate about.
It really does help if you know something about the topic. I’ve tried writing pieces about a subject I had no passion or knowledge in. It’s tough. You can’t bullshit your way through it and it just doesn’t work.
But when you’re really passionate in a particular topic, you’ll find that you’ll just write so quickly and have so many ideas to share. So when you want to write fast, pick a topic you love and just go with it. It will show up in your writing and you’ll write really quickly too.
Once again, writing is a gift. It’s an art form and it’s worthy of focus and refinement. I once worked with a boss who was terrible with writing and he absolutely hated it. However I loved writing. So whenever I would email clients, I would send over 100 emails per day and my boss would only write 10 emails. 100 email transactions vs 10 emails. How much more money can you make when you can write and produce more content?
Write faster using the techniques above and you’ll get faster results.
Stay Strong and Be Relentless.