By Victoria Greene
Are you a content writer who’d like to be able to work a little faster? No matter how good you are, there are always little ways to grease those cognitive wheels and work a little faster. Next time you’ve got an article you need to get out the door as quickly as possible, these tips could make the job a little easier. Have you ever thought about content curation? And did you know that there is software you can use to limit distractions? It’s true. Here are even more ways to write great content fast.
Are you struggling to come up with a plan for your next article? Well, the chances are that somebody will have already written something very similar to you in the past. The internet is a big place, after all. Why not find a similar article and use it for inspiration?
This can be a good way to fuel the creative fire. However, there is a difference between borrowing ideas and stealing them. Here are a few things to avoid:
- Copy-pasting: Never ever. This is theft and will be spotted as duplicate content. Do not copy and paste any part of an article.
- Rewriting a single article: If you find a good article on the same subject, don’t just rewrite that one article. Cherry pick the best ideas from a range of other posts and allow them to springboard your own ideas, otherwise, you’re just copying someone else’s work.
- Borrowing images: Borrow and recycle ideas that you find in other articles, yes, but do not do the same with images. Images can have all kinds of copyrights attached to them and if you borrow an idea and an image from another source, the fact that you gleaned inspiration from them will be quite obvious.
Use Editing Software
When you’re in a hurry, you might have less time for editing. In these situations, it can be beneficial to have editing software installed on your computer. Here are a few examples of the more popular editing software options:
- Grammarly: This is very comprehensive. Not only does it check your spelling, but also (as the name implies) your grammar. It can be installed in your browser, meaning it will work with all CMSs too. What makes this even more appealing is that it can be used for free.
- After the Deadline: This will not only highlight any typos, spelling mistakes, and grammar issues but will also make suggestions about how you can make your writing more readable. It also considers different contexts in which certain things might be erroneous.
- Hemingway: If you’re after something that will actually edit your work (as opposed to just spotting typos and grammar issues) then Hemingway is what you’re after. It helps you to avoid using a passive voice and highlights words that could be removed (among other things).
Small Things Make All the Difference
If you’re looking for further advice for speeding up the writing process, the following tips might be useful:
- Disconnect the internet: This only applies once you’ve finished your research. With so many fun and exciting things to see online, it’s easy to get distracted. It might be worth disconnecting and doing your writing on Word.
- Turn off your phone: Even with the internet switched off, your phone can still receive messages or reminders to play whatever app you’re currently addicted to.
- Find the right environment: Maybe the reason you’re finding it hard to write is that you’re on the sofa in your pajamas and you’ve got the TV on. You’ve got to have a proper work environment. Go to a library or set up a proper desk in your apartment.
- Eat some food: If you’re struggling to write or to think of ideas, perhaps it’s because you didn’t have any breakfast? Coming up with ideas and writing them down coherently takes up a lot of brainpower, which requires a lot of energy. Fuel your thoughts with healthy meals.
Motivate Yourself to Achieve Great Things
If all else fails, one thing I find to be a powerful motivator is imagining my project once it’s complete. Whether it’s that Mailchimp email shot, the product descriptions for your online storefront, the first few blog posts for a new WordPress site or anything else – imagine it all finished. Imagine the pride and happiness. It could all be yours – all you have to do is start writing.
If you want to get your writing speed up, this should help you to do so. Another option you might like to consider is hiring a virtual assistant – they can help you with a lot of the smaller tasks associated with blogging and content writing. If you’re keen on VAs, you might like to consider supporting Always Write in helping to provide VAs with the training they need. Whatever you do, whether it’s just making sure you eat properly or going all out on a piece of editing software, you’ll find there are lots of ways to speed up the writing process.
What do you find helps you write faster?
Victoria Greene: Brand Marketing Consultant and Freelance Writer.
Victoria Greene is an e-commerce marketing consultant and freelance writer, working with large brands to help them blossom. She loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge with the world and encouraging entrepreneurial dialogue.