If you make a living by writing texts, you need to understand how important it is for you to be able to write quickly and efficiently. Perhaps you are a copywriter who creates texts for several sites and dozens of selling pages, or a field journalist who prepares news items "from the heat, from the heat" from the thick of things. Or maybe a little-known but successful writer, and the publisher demands a new book from you, and you have already managed to spend the deposit.
Whoever you are, if your earnings are related to how much you can write in 1 day, you must create good quality materials and understand that your time is money. In theory, the more you have time to write in a day, the more you can earn money, and the more time you have left for family, sports and leisure. Based on this, we have prepared for you some effective tips that will help you write faster and more efficiently spend your time.
First of all, change your inner convictions.
There is something extremely effective and efficient in your letterbox: intolerance for whining and excuses. You can always say to yourself “I write slowly, I don’t know what to write about, I don’t know how to write,” but all this is nothing more than excuses. All your problems are easy to solve - just start writing. Stop telling yourself that this is normal - do not write for a week or stretch one material indefinitely. This is no good at all.
Stephen Pressfield, author of The War of Creatives, gives beginners great advice:
“Regardless of who you are: a writer, an entrepreneur or an artist, you need to become a professional in your business. You need to take yourself and your work seriously ...”
This is the key difference between amateurs and professionals. A professional cannot wake up and ask himself: "Should I write today or not write?" Train yourself to daily work, develop professional habits, you can even choose a certain uniform for yourself. It may be the most common things, but putting them on, you would say to your subconscious mind: “it's time to write”.
Learn to work competently with your subconscious. If you say to yourself “I write slowly, I’m not getting anything,” it will. Your subconscious mind works according to the principle: "everyone will be rewarded according to his faith." It sounds religious, but the truth is: you are what you think, focus on. Therefore, after reading this article to the end, feel free to tell yourself: "Now I am familiar with tactics and tools that will allow me to write quickly and efficiently, soon I will learn to type with my eyes closed and will quickly create the first drafts of works, and my materials will be of benefit to people ".
Another moment - change your approach. A professional writes not only to earn money for a certain number of words or characters, although this is his main income. He writes because he helps people with his materials, shares his knowledge, and his expertise. In this case, money is only a way of assessing the benefits that it brings to others and its skills. Writing to benefit someone is much easier than creating mindless selling texts to “steam in” someone for a product, create content for the content itself, or for search robots.
Work on the result. Do not be attached to the number of written words, time behind the monitor, working hours, etc. Make a plan and follow it. Something did not have time - finish, do not leave for tomorrow, tomorrow there will be a new day and new tasks. You will stop wasting time on idle vacations and social networks if you have to go to bed at 4 am a few days, because you promised yourself that you would finish the material before going to bed. Your effectiveness, above all, depends on you.
However, do not be strict with yourself constantly. Each of us has bad days - something does not work, something does not have time, something does not work. Remember: to become who you want, you will need time. So work for the result, but do not forget about rest. Do what you like, rest and recuperate. Then your efficiency will be maximum. Further - the practice.
Techniques and tools
Practice, practice, practice. Yes - it's a cliché, but most of the clichés are still true. The more you write, the better you get. Remember the first time you sat down at the keyboard? Remember, with what attention you looked for the right letters, and with what zeal you pressed the keys? Now you can go ahead and master the "blind print".
The lack of most electronic simulators for quick typing is quite noticeable - they force tens and hundreds of times to press the same letter. If you are unlucky and are faced with this, do not despair: there is a program that will allow you to enjoy the learning process. It's called Verseq, you can download it here. In the process of learning, of course, you will make mistakes, but the program allows you to work them out completely unobtrusively, and you will not get tired of senseless repetitions. The program is free for the first 7 days, and then you can buy it for 170 rubles. Of all the analogues that I have met, this is the most pleasant and convenient option.
Select a list of topics that inspire you. Think strategically - you can not be as fast and efficient as you create materials that do not inspire or interest you. Therefore, choose a few topics that you like, and become an expert in them. Expert content is now relevant in any field, from the description of product cards to the installation features of industrial fans. So bother to find a theme for the soul.
Create a checklist and daily plan. We talked about training your mind, now let's talk about improving your performance. Checklist is a list of actions that you will definitely do every day. This is one of the most effective tools you can use to speed up your business. For example:
- get up at 7 am
- spend half an hour on professional self-development
- write 1000 words per day
- publish 1 material and write a draft of the second
- limit the time in social networks to 1 hour per day
- be sure to take 2 hours to rest
- write how was your day
Checklist allows you to define the daily routine you need for yourself and create a draft working day scenario. Write down the key tasks of the next day in the evening, and in the morning you will receive a more or less clear strategy of action from the subconscious. Moreover, such planning saves several hours of fuss and painful search for an answer to a question from the series “what to do next,” interrupted by social networks and visits to the refrigerator.
Set a personal schedule that will work for you. A personal schedule increases your efficiency and chances of success. Some people work fine, dispensing their writing activity. On a beautiful morning, they retreat (some give one specific day to work for creativity) and give as many articles and posts as they can. For others, it’s more comfortable to write every day at a certain time.
For most people, the peak of brain activity occurs in the morning from 8-00 to 13-00. This time is best suited for performing the most difficult and difficult cases, active mental work and solving any important tasks. However, each person has their own personal biological rhythms, and the schedule must be compiled in accordance with them. Just do not play with yourself, thinking that now you can write only at certain hours or when you have a special mood. Part of your serious and professional attitude to writing is methodical sitting at the keyboard, even when you are not in the mood or desire to write anything.
Train yourself to work permanently. You should not wait for inspiration before starting to do something. It usually comes in the process. So get used to being professional. Successful creativity is the pinnacle of competent self-organization. Marina Tsvetaeva went to her office every day as if she were at work, closed for several hours and went through dozens and hundreds of words in order to create another masterpiece. Do not think that she did everything every day.
And now a few words about planning
We talked about working on your approach and optimizing your actions. Let's now figure out how to work directly with the material.
Do research in advance. Each article, book, or selling text is preceded by a stage of collecting and studying materials. Do not think that quality material can be created simply from the air. Do not be like students who begin to delve into the topic of their thesis as it is written (by another person). In this case, you can only write something obvious and banal. Bother to conduct a detailed study and on its basis create a new material that will best help to solve the problem you are considering.
Create the basic structure of your material.. Divide your material into an introduction, main part and conclusion. Work with them separately. Write out the main points, key points, then go back to them and expand. You may even have subheadings for each of the paragraphs. If the material is large, you can conveniently and clearly organize your thoughts, create a mental map using the Mindjet Mind Manager program. The functionality of the program itself is in English, but you can easily enter information into the working fields in Russian.
Start writing, focusing on the final result.. Often we start working on an article, without even knowing how it will end. What do you want the readers to do, after reading your article - to apply their knowledge in practice, to take advantage of your offer, to go and buy another book of yours or review your life? By the way, the purpose of this article is to provide the reader with tools and techniques that will allow him to write his materials more efficiently and quickly, and which he will use in his work.
Do not delete what you have already written.. Open another document and paste there all the fragments that do not suit you. Even if you will not use these materials, they can be useful in the following articles or again be needed when re-editing.
Track your progress. In order not to work through all the text over and over again, you can separate the finished and developed parts of your text in colors. It is best to use color highlighting when working with your material plan. Finished parts highlight, say, blue, developed parts - green, and undeveloped parts - leave white. If your heading still needs to be improved, highlight it in red. If highlighting will cut your eye badly, just change the font color. Now you can at any time look at the plan of your material and clearly understand: what more needs to be worked on and what is ready. This will allow you to track your progress and devote every day or every hour to a specific task and fragment. You can also use this technique for your publication calendar or guest post list for your blog.
Set preliminary and final deadlines. We have already said that you should not stretch the work on your materials. Perhaps you are not limited to strict deadlines, but this does not mean that you can work on your material outside of any deadlines. Set the estimated time of work on the text, the preliminary and final deadline. This will help improve the speed of your letter, help you focus on your work, and also come one step closer to the title of a professional. The ability to meet the deadlines is expensive nowadays scattered attention and an abundance of distractions.
And finally, 10 tips for creating the first draft
Sometimes, when I get bad materials, I go back to the article 10 rules for writing the first draft of Demian Farnsworth and I understand that in most cases I simply didn’t work: maybe I didn’t spend enough time editing or didn’t work on the wording. Therefore, I throw away doubts and work on. This is a great inspirational material, and I want to share it with you:
10 rules for writing the first draft
Drafts frighten writers and bring them into a state of apathy. Even great ones. Kurt Vonnegut once said: "When I write, I feel armless and legless with colored chalk in my teeth." If a writer of his level makes such a statement ... do not be alarmed, but you will feel about that too.
You will make your text adequate after you rewrite it once. From the second time he will be good. From the third or fourth he can become great. Or maybe from the fifth or sixth. Or have to rewrite a few more times. There is no limit to perfection.
So do not be afraid to write like a lunatic. Or as a disabled person with colored chalk in his teeth. Write as our hero-writers write.
To get it right, let's follow a few simple rules. Let them be 10:
- Barricade the door. Stay alone with paper and ink. If there is no ink, take a pen. In a pinch, start your favorite text editor, turn off the Internet and mobile phone.
- Work in the physical and mental state when you want to write. Try to reach it in all possible ways.
- Write simple and stupid.
- Allow your imagination to travel freely and pour out on paper. No limits or limits. The resulting chaos will rake after.
- Break all the rules of writing known to mankind.
- If your text resembles a lunatic letter to descendants, you do a good job.
- Steal stylistic tricks from other writers, all great authors do that.
- Your ass should not lift off the chair until you are done.
- Once you have finished your first draft, leave it for a few days or weeks.
- Celebrate well.
From words to deeds
When you have the habit of writing regularly, and you master at least a few of the listed tools and techniques, you will be able to cope with all the demons of your internal resistance, overcome laziness, postponement and lack of concentration. You finally can seriously engage in the promotion of their creativity. In the end, every day you fight with yourself for the realization of your skill and talent and for your effectiveness. Using these tips, you will start to do more, spend your time more efficiently, and your days will be filled with pleasure and victories.
You will have moments when phrases and whole paragraphs will fly out from under your fingers, as if the world itself throws ideas to you, and they are rapidly pouring out words on paper, trying to make you a great writer, blogger or journalist. Perhaps you will feel like a literary superhero. Therefore, use our tips and techniques, create professional materials and devote more time to rest and your family. You and I have just saved some of your time for your loved ones.