Do you know how long it took me to write this blog post? Just under one hour. I wasn’t really counting seconds, but I looked at the watch before I started, and then after I finished. You can do that too, you know. It’s not really that hard, and I’ve come up with a couple of tips to help you achieve your goal of writing quality content, fast.
Being a full-time writer is hard, and it takes a couple of talents to succeed. Those talents include (but are not limited to) curiosity and education (you need to know a lot of things about a variety of topics), imagination (some people could stare at a blank page for hours and come up with nothing, while others just open up Word and start typing), and typing skills (you need to be fast).
Doing writing for a living is a great call, but if you want to earn decent money, you need to write a lot and start by learning how to start a blog (by Author: Rafael Reyes). You don’t have all day for a 500-word blog post, that stuff needs to be moving.
Writing a good piece means nothing if it’s not being engaged with by the audience. So you also need to make sure to optimize your blog for the search engine. If you’re not familiar with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), I suggest you run through the Local SEO Guide: How to Actually Rank.
So here are a couple of tips on how to make quality content, fast:
Split the article in three parts
Introduction, Body, Conclusion. Those are the three basic parts of any article, and by splitting your content, you will easily be inspired to write faster. In the introduction you write about what you will be writing about (Example: Today I’ll be writing about getting a blog post done in under 45 minutes). The body is the topic of the article, while in the conclusion you write about what you wrote about (Example: And there you have it ladies and gentleman, that’s how you write in under 45 minutes).
Everything is easier to write if you break down the article to a list. For example, this article gives nine tips on how to write faster.
Writing on the go
In most parts of the world, people travel to and from work a lot, mostly on trains. Use that time to write something down on your laptop or tablet. It will save you a lot of time which you usually use just to look around.
Writing about topics you know
There’s not really that much to say about it. When you have the knowledge of a topic, writing is easy.
If you don’t have the knowledge – find it. Do some research on the topic and include that data in your article. It will use up lot of space and it will be useful for the reader.
Read a lot
This relates to the previous tip. If you don’t have the knowledge about a certain topic, your writing will be sluggish. Whenever you have extra time, read about anything and everything. You never know when it can help you.
Write in series
Take a certain topic and write 10, 20 articles on it. After a while, you’ll be flipping blog posts like burgers in McDonalds.
Quotes and advice
Similar to data, using other people’s words is always a good thing. Just make sure the people you quote are relevant to the topic and are strong opinion makers.
And yes, you need to type faster. An average person types approximately 40 words per minute, while a professional writes up to 75. If you’re below average, that’s what you can work on. Here’s a good typing test which can not only test your skills, but improve them, as well.