The thing is, creating good quality content DOES take some time to create. We have to accept that. But the thing is most of us take way too many time to create a piece of content, to the point that it becomes not worth anymore and there is always room for improvement.
You will find that writing quality posts really consumes a huge amount of time. Especially for beginner Bloggers, it takes way too much time, to research a topic deciding the structure, actually writing the content and formating. For me, it even took more than a month to create one article. If you are hustling already, trying to be proactive, yet you are finding it difficult to write and publish your blog article faster, then this article is for you.
What to Expect?
This article will be on how to produce more content in a time period. We will talk about practices, habits to incorporate, skills to learn, build a process; and these will help you achieve that. These will not be quick tricks that immediately save some time (for e.g. use spun content). Also, I will share one exercise that I have invented (kind of), which will improve your writing speed or content creation speed.
So here it is
10 Tips to Write blog Articles Faster:
1. Do not focus on quality too much, Focus on Quantity:
Most of the time I find people make it too complicated, spend way too much time on perfecting their articles. Which is obviously time-consuming, also not that useful.
If you identify that you are over-thinker and perfectionist, then the suggestion for you will of course not to. Don’t feel bad about writing a perfect article now, just focus on efficiency. Don’t care about quality just now.
For the absolute beginner – you can not become Mozart, as soon as you get to touch an instrument for the very first time. This time is not for creating masterpieces, this is the time for building the habit of writing and getting comfortable with most common tools you must use (for e.g. Canva, WordPress). Also building the habit of continuously working towards your goal. It s really very difficult to do something regularly no matter how easy the task is.
If you are an intermediate or even pro blogger struggling to produce content fast, of course, you want to maintain a standard, but do not ever try to achieve your hundred percent.
- Once you reach a fairly good quality, after that even if you improve the quality by a lot, most people won’t be able to recognize. People can’t tell the difference between your 80% quality and your 100%.
- After 80% quality achieved already, the effort it takes to improve the quality by 10% will be equal to the effort to create new content of 60-70%.
- Also, at that point quality becomes way too subjective, for other people, the meaning 100% perfection will be different than yours. Not just other people, just say you don’t care about other people, you writing for yourself. In that case also, if one content you now think is 100% perfect, after 3 months you will have a different opinion about it.
So, why not just to publish it now, irrespective of how good it is. Anyway, you will not be happy with the same after six months. So, you better stop now and upgrade the content after six months if then you think upgrading will help.
Here Hank Green explains the same phenomena so nicely that the video has become my top 3 most favorite videos of all time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LAhHDEtTD0
So focus more on get it done, if not perfect it’s still fine. Wouldn’t affect much, unless your content totally sucks now. This approach can save a huge time.
See the best quality comes by keeping creating something over a period of time. You take 3 days to write the perfect article, the thing is after few months when you have more knowledge that same article won’t be perfect anymore. So it is never worth to try to write a post so perfect when you always come back and update the post anytime later. If you were writing a book, then that would be useful, not so much on posts.
2. Gesture Drawing for Writers:
This is an exercise I practice. Though I am not regular now, I consider being, especially when I leave the job and become full time blogger/affiliate marketer/freelancer.
This is my own idea I haven’t seen anyone talk about it, but I’m pretty sure many writers do something like this, but the idea is not so popular.
So, the Idea is, every day you randomly pick an idea and write anything that comes into your mind. Don’t focus on Grammar and Spelling, do think of creating good quality, write anything very fast. It is not for your blog, it is just to practice writing. So, it is kind of sprint for writing. You do it for 15 minutes to half an hour everyday. Mostly before starting to actually write a blog post (or whatever you you want) as a warm up process.
I got this idea from a practice artists regularly, and it is quite popular there. It is called gesture drawing. Basically you have to draw an entire figure or landscape in just like 30sec or 1 min at max, and do this for half an hour to an hour. You only can draw the important things, things and must skip unnecessary details, otherwise you just end up with unfinished drawings.
This helped improved my drawing skill, speed, and observation skills more than anything. So, I’m sure something like that will be useful for writing as well.
For topics and ideas you can simply answer in forums, groups, QnA sites like Quora, also can read blog and comment there, or just can do creative writing. Useful if you do not want you write ups to go waste.
3. Try to get as less destructed as possible
At the time of writing the article stay away from the things that distract you and build habits which are distraction less in nature:
- Maybe first write of Paper not on a multi-functional device.
- If you are writing on Laptop or Phone, disconnect the Internet. Close all the application you do not need right while writing.
- If you typing on one device keep the other one far from you if you do not need it.
- Or, maybe in some cases you need to search the web constantly, in that case would recommend to keep the other device with you and connect that one to the internet. The device you are writing on should stay disconnected and use no other application.
- Do not play a very familiar song, it take some part of your focus f you like the song. Me? I can’t even stay without singing the song if is my favourite one, that takes away lot of concentration. You can play productivity musics by the way. They really do help.
- Try not to think of another task or article you have to write the next.
4. Sometimes it is fine to get deviated from the the point:
Of course, focus is the key for faster result. But this tip is for someone, who absolutely can’t stop deviating from topics and thinking and writing on other relevant topics in the mid of writing one.
Do not get diverted focus on writing, whatever will make most sense for this blog, other thing just stop. Though we also recommend to do so time to time as some times they take really can reduce the overall time to write a number of articles. 7 days to write 1 article but in 3 days after that you end up with 5 new, complete articles to go live.
5. Do a quick keyword research before writing an Article:
Apparently, it doesn’t reduces the time, but saves you from mistake that could potentially take away a lot of time.
At the same time, if a bit Keyword research makes your content more successful, isn’t the extra time well spent?
Sometimes we tend use wrong words or phrases or keywords, or use the words that are not popular among people. Example: for this particular I was thinking to have a heading something like “how to write fast”, after checking it on Google I found all results are on how to type fast (yes, that keyword makes more sense for this content, glad I did a bit research first), not how to write articles fast as a blogger or as an author. So, if I didn’t make the little search I wouldn’t have realized that I was targeting wrong phrase. Not only my articles wouldn’t rank, but also might unplease readers.
If you write the whole content, then figure out that the keyword is not really suitable, it will take more time to tweak the article, and this work is frustrating.
So bare minimum keyword research is absolutely necessary.
To do that you just Google search the keywords that come to your mind, and see which one suits the topic the best. Check out the results to validate if the keyword is proper.
Consider checking “Google Predictions”, “People also asks”, “Searches related to” for other keywords suggestions.
Also, Install a Chrome extension called Keywords Everywhere to know the search volume, also some more keywords suggestion.
But, yes, it takes some time. But that is why I brought the next point to you.
6. Do topic research in Bulk and keep a topics list
Maybe research about content ideas and what to write on each in bulk. So you will face lack of ideas, or writers block when you want to write a content. I said not just the name of the topic, some more information that you surely want to include, note those down while researching.
For me it a bit works, I generally tend to get divert from topics, or start writing on different topics. But that doesn’t necessarily have to absolutely waste. Those I can use for other posts as well right? Let’s say I took 7 days to create one piece of article that I originally wanted to, but after seven days I end up with that article and 4-5 unfinished once that I can finish in 3 days. Not that bad right? I want it to leverage more and make a process much more productive.
7. Create a Content Calendar:
8. Create Templates:
So, where it applies to create a template that you can use over and over.
This certainly applies to content for Amazon Affiliate Websites. The posts there are like “Review” of a particular product, “top 10 product under **** $”, “buyers guide” – which generally follow standard structures.
So, create a template for each type of articles, maybe a word document, which you will copy whenever you want to write a new post. You do not have to write many same things over and over again, only change the text or info that varies. Also, you do not have to have a mind map in your mind (Confusing? But the sentence is nice and correct, so just try hard if you are fining it confusing). just follow the flow of the template. This can save a lot of time and your brains processing power.
9. Do not Entertain a task to take more time than it requires:
“The amount of time one has to perform a task is the amount of time it will take to complete.”
What that means a task will take as much time you allow the task to take. When you’re up against a wall to complete a task, you are going to be hyper-focussed and finish the work in time.
Actually last few tips are taken from Marie Forlio, but I absolutely believe those would write on those anyway.
10. Do not edit or proofread while writing:
While writing you should be focusing on getting the ideas out of your mind as fast as possible. Do not think about spelling, grammar good vocab and all. Just get it out on the screen (or paper if you like to)
11. Make use of tools:
Use Grammarly for to doing a grammar check quickly. You can Grammarly itself to type out the words, after it got the formatting feature it has become awesome. Or can simply use MS Word. Or, use Evernote. I personally use it, becuase it
allows both online and offline support, can sync with my phone and computer, also can open in a browser.
allows internal linking, which is awesome, you can get link to any of your notes in grammarly, this feature for me is necessary as well.
One reason I prefer to write my first draft on Grammarly because when I mistype, it highlights it with such obnoxious color that i can stay from fixing it. Which I absolutely do not want to do as you I already said it in the previous point.
Convert case, don’t site and type uppercase and lowercase while editing, use tool like convertcase.net title case
Later I might create an entire post on tools for writers. Comment it below if you want it as soon as possible.
12. Be fast typer
Of course, typing fast helps a lot. It is just useful for saving time while typing down the words, well is also one, but when you type fast you get more time to think in between sentences also there will less chance of forgetting something which you already thought of and you couldn’t develop it enough to remember for longer.