Wouldn't it be great if you knew how to write a blog post quickly and easily so you could move on to other business matters that you enjoy more? Lots of people struggle with staying on top of their blog writing schedule because they get hung up in the process. It takes longer than they want. They struggle to find the right words and to convey exactly what's on their mind. We all have our strengths, but even if you aren't a born writer, there are tricks that make blog writing easier than you might think.
I'm a former newspaper reporter. Every day at work I had to crank out two to five articles to meet deadlines, and that was on top of other responsibilities that included proofreading other people's articles, laying out pages and going to meetings. In order to hit my deadlines and please the editor, I had to write fast and well. The following blogging tips are tricks I had up my sleeve that helped me to accomplish that.
Here Are Five Tips for Writing Fast:
1. Set a Timer
If you give yourself two hours to complete a blog post, you'll take two hours. Instead, give yourself 15 minutes to write. I can almost hear you thinking, “Fifteen minutes? That's not long at all!” Please don't fight the system. Remember, the point of these guidelines is to teach you how to write a blog post fast, not in as much time as you feel you need to take. If you use the timer method, you'll write your blog posts in a jiffy. I promise.
2. Do a Brain Dump
Race against the timer to write everything on your mind, and do it fast. Don't stop to correct misspellings and punctuation marks. Let your fingers fly, and don't worry if you're making sense or following a logical order.
It may take some restraint to not go back, re-read, and correct, but the more you write fast, the more you'll learn to favor it. If you find you're stuck for what to write, quickly make a bullet list of main points. This is your skeleton. Now flesh it out by spilling whatever it is you know about those points.
3. Start Anywhere
This ties in with the brain dump method. You do not have to start writing in a logical order. For example, instead of beginning from the top, writing the title or introductory paragraph, start wherever you feel like. You might already know something you want to convey, but think it belongs in the closing paragraphs. That's OK. Get it down to overcome the blank page and blinking cursor. You can fill the rest in as you go.
4. Reorder Your Sentences and Paragraphs
After you've kicked up keyboard dust typing your thoughts like a speed demon, and you feel you've covered everything, it's time to read over what you wrote. Some sentences and paragraphs will need to be reordered. Cut and paste them as needed into a logically ordered introduction, body, and closing paragraph.
5. Fix Your Mistakes
After you reorder your thoughts, correct any misspellings and punctuation errors. The best way to spot mistakes is to read your article once or twice from your computer screen. Take a break, and then print your article. Now read it on a sheet of paper. You'll spot more errors if they are present. There's something about print that makes typos pop out like a sore thumb.
Use these five blogging tips, and you'll more efficiently write your blog posts. If, after trying this method, you still have problems with blog writing, you might consider other modes of communication like video blogging or podcasting. This is blogging after all. You don't have to do it the same way everyone else does. Be uniquely you, from the words you use when you write to the way you choose to communicate with your readers. If you do this, you'll be far more likely to keep up with a blog posting schedule, your articles will be packed with more energy and personality, and your readers will be clamoring for more.
What tips do you have for writing fast? Drop us a note; we'd love to hear from you!
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Monica Crowe teaches non-techie business owners how to set up and use their websites, blogs, and e-newsletters so they can make more money doing what they love. You can read more of her blogging tips at www.monicacrowe.com.