008-write-faster copy

According to Cliff Ravenscraft over at Podcast Answer Man, 90% of podcasters pod-fade away on or before the 7th episode.

Today marks my 8th weekly episode, so I’m feeling pretty accomplished. I also think it’s the best one I’ve recorded, so I hope you enjoy it!

Today’s Tip

No matter what industry you work in, the best way to keep up with all the happenings is by consuming a large volume of content every day. Blog posts, articles, podcasts, video training and all manner of learning opportunities are out there, but keeping track of it all can be a bit daunting.

RSS readers let you quickly browse your favorite websites, check the most interesting articles or save them for later, and then get on with your work. My favorite RSS reader is Feedly, which lets me create categories for sorting information, share on social media, and save interesting articles to my Evernote account.

15 Ways to Write Faster and More Efficiently

Whether you write for pay as part of your service offerings, or just need to keep up your own blog and website, writing faster and more efficiently is the key to actually getting it done and not procrastinating about it. In this episode, I share my top 15 tips to make writing easier and faster.

  1. Schedule writing time – yes, you really can train your brain to write on a schedule.
  2. Build an idea file so you never have to stare at a blank screen again.
  3. Know your subject matter well.
  4. Take advantage of periods of inspiration.
  5. Clearly define your main idea so you can stay on topic.
  6. Set a timer and challenge yourself to complete the project before it goes off.
  7. Use templates wherever you can.
  8. Outline longer projects.
  9. Be messy – don’t force yourself to write from beginning to end.
  10. Write first. Edit later.
  11. Use speech to text software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking.
  12. Make liberal use of placeholders.
  13. Keep lots of partial projects on hand.
  14. Keep a journal.
  15. Practice.

This Week’s Business Building Resource

Years ago I interned with a copywriter to learn to write better sales copy. I asked her one day what other learning resources she would recommend, and she said without hesitation: Copyblogger.

Since then the site has grown into a complete resource for content writers, copywriters, email marketers, bloggers, and anyone else who puts words on paper as part of his or her job. I highly recommend making Copyblogger a part of your regular continuing education plan.

 

Your Turn

What tricks do you have for writing faster and more efficiently? Share in the comments.

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Comments

  1. says

    #9 and #10 always get me through every writing project. I start out messy, write a bunch, edit later.

    #15 is the most important no matter what method or writing style a person has – the more you write the easier it gets.

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