Eight tips to write quicker without quality loss

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Have you ever noticed that there are writers out there who can post a new story or blog post in a flash, and there you are, sitting at your computer and battling to get the words to flow? To learn how to write quicker is like training for sport. It takes practice. It’s all in the preparation. To be able to write quicker you have to be disciplined and you need to have a proper preparation to write quicker without quality loss.

So how do you do it? Here are …….. tips on how to write quicker without lowering the quality of your words.

Think about your subject before you write

Think about the subject you want to write about. Not for an hour, a day, but for days. Bounce it around in your head; look at it from all sides. Look at it from the perspective of all parties involved. What is the relevance of the subject to the characters? Why should this story be told? Who will read this story; who is your public? Visualize the full story from beginning to end.

Do your research

Do you want to write a story? Make sure you know more or less what you want to say about it; that you have the bigger picture in mind. Make a planning: who is your main character, what is the conflict in your story, how does it end, how long do you want the story to be. Make sure you know what you want to write about and what you want to say about it, and that you have a framework for your story before you start writing.

If you are writing an informative article, read what the experts have to say on the subject. One or two sources are not enough – read more! Take notes of important facts, data, statistics and formulate the main ideas you want to write about. Make a note of the points where experts differ from each other. Decide on how you want to approach your informative piece and what key elements you want to use.

No editing while you write

Once you have a framework to work from, it’s time to start writing without any restrictions. Follow your framework, refer to your research and write with as little breaks as possible. Don’t stop to edit your texts during writing. The only thing that is important now is to write. Once you have the full story on your screen, you can go back to correct the spelling and grammar errors.

Do not capitalize the first word of a sentence

If you are writing in Word or Scrivener, there is no need to press in shift to capitalize the first word of a sentence or your I’s. These programs – and some other text writing programs – will do that for you automatically. Even though this doesn’t look like much, it can improve the speed with which you write.

Keep going when you are on the roll

Sometimes words pour from your fingers onto the screen and you are really on the roll, typing, typing, typing as your story takes shape. Do. Not. Stop. Once you are there, totally ‘in the zone’, keep on writing! Being disturbed during this process or interrupting yourself to do something else, is a productivity killer!

You allow distraction; it doesn’t happen to you

You choose where you write, whether it’s at home in your quiet corner or in a busy coffee shop. You can use earphones to cancel out the sound or tune out any background noise. You can switch off your phone or simply decide not to look at it. It’s up to you how much you allow yourself to be distracted.

Look at your screen when you type

If you have to look at your keyboard when you’re typing, you’re not doing it right. You should be able to type at least 90% to 95% of what you write without once looking at your keyboard. Also, if you write less than 50 words per minute, you might want to consider taking a typing course or spend additional time practicing your typing. You need to get your fingers to keep up with the thoughts in your mind and as with many things, practicing makes perfect!

Take breaks

Yes, we said not to stop when you are on a roll, but all of us need to take breaks at times. Do this as smart as possible. The best way to do it is:

  • set a timer for 25 minutes and during those 25 minutes, you type, type, type!
  • take a five minute break
  • repeat the above three times
  • after a four-time cycle you take a half an hour break and then you start the cycle again

Add your own tips

These are only a couple of tips to write quicker without quality loss. Do you have tips of your own to add? Please leave them down in the comments section.

Sources: ProWritingAid, CreateWriteNow,

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