If you are a writer by trade, then you’ll be writing an awful lot. Particularly if you work freelance, you might find yourself juggling an impossible amount of articles and drowning in word count.
First tip: If this is happening to you, it is time to raise your prices.
Don’t worry, because there are ways you can become more organised and balance your work life. Nevertheless, there are also ways that you can learn to write faster (and still maintain quality), allowing you to churn out more articles than ever before.
It is, obviously, important to maintain high quality so that you can continue employment and even pride as a writer. If you own your own business and write your own website, then writing a lot of articles can be even more important – there is a direct correlation between website traffic and the frequency with which articles are published. As a result, you really need to find a way to keep up both quality and frequency.
Here are three ways you can write more articles in less time.
- Prepare All Your Topics in Advance
If you find yourself sitting at your desk staring at a blinking cursor, you are wasting your time. You should be writing down a list of topics as soon as inspiration occurs to you, and when you have a spare minute during your working day then you should be looking for other ideas.
When looking for inspiration, check out competitor’s websites to see what they are writing about. This isn’t stealing or plagiarism as long as you don’t copy their idea precisely. In fact, you have an advantage when doing this. Since their content is already published, you can build on it and improve it, giving even more to the audience.
Try to keep a long list of topics so that you never run out. A list of 20 ideas is a good minimum, and you should be adding to this constantly. Sit down frequently and schedule in time to add to your list.
2. Outline Your Articles First
While it may seem like you’re taking up more time by writing a plan, you’re not. If you cannot think in an organised way, you may start writing, not like it, and have to delete the whole thing and go back constantly. This is a waste of productivity and time.
Instead, draft your ideas first; you will be surprised how quickly you can do this. It will probably improve the quality of your post, too, as it ensures that it flows better and that you’ve got all your ideas in.
3. Write Everything in One Sitting
I never recommend multi-tasking. It’s a bad idea to be focusing on multiple things at once, and it will definitely damage the quality of your writing. Silence your phone, and maybe even try out one of those apps that stops you opening up new browser windows. Don’t check your emails, and stop procrastinating.
When you start writing, don’t stop until you’re done. Of course, if you have a very lengthy text that might need revisiting, don’t sacrifice quality by exhausting yourself, but you only need a half an hour break before you return to writing. You can write much faster by doing everything in one sitting and getting rid of distractions.