Speed Writing – 8 Tips On How To Write Faster


Write Faster

If you write for a living than you know how important it is to write quickly.  When your income is connected to how much you can write in one day, you not only have to have good quality content, but you understand that time is money!  The more writing that you can produce in a day, the more potential you have for earning money.

Of course, you might have noticed that the faster you write the more issues you have with your writing.  Speed often means errors, mistakes, and problems.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there are ways to increase your writing speed without all the problems.  Learning how to write faster and still be effective can result in you earning more.  With that in mind, here are some tips to help you write faster.

8 Ways To Write Faster

1. Don’t Edit While You Work

Yes, you are going to make mistakes, but just let your fingers fly as fast as they can.  A great way to write faster is to just get all of the content down on the paper without worrying about those little red or green underlines that you might be leaving in your wake.  Once you have all of the information on the page, then go back to edit and clean up your piece.  This is a much more effective use of your time.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice

Yes, this is a cliché, but what’s funny about clichés is that they are usually true!  The more that you type, the easier it gets.  Remember the first time you sat down in front of a keyboard?  Do you remember hunting and pecking?  It took time to learn how to type without thinking about it.  Just like any skill, the more that you practice the better you will become.

3. Create a Plan

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No, you don’t have to write out a full outline as though you were still in school, but if you create a basic plan and direction for your writing it is going to help your writing flow much more easily.  Try writing out all the main points that you want to talk about first and then go back and expand on them.  Perhaps these can be your subtitles to each of your main paragraphs or just a good way to structure your post.

4. Create a Deadline

Yes, your client might not need that writing project until the end of the week, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until five minutes before that deadline to start working on it.  Give yourself the time that you really need to work on the project, long before the deadline approaches.  This is going to help you to stay on track, well ahead of your deadlines, and give you more practice with speed.

If you aren’t set a deadline, then set yourself one!  Deadlines are great for putting a bit of pressure on you to get stuck in.  Of course, if you set your own deadline then make sure you stick to it.

5. Stay on Track

As a freelance writer we often have to fight against the many distractions that vie for our attention every day.  One way to write faster is to cut out as many of those distractions as possible.  This could be anything from going on social media sites to regularly checking your emails.  It may appear like your working, but that article is still going to need writing.

Give yourself a time limit of how long you are going to work before you allow yourself to indulge in distraction.  Then, give yourself a time limit on how long you will do something other than write.  When you have a strong plan for your distractions you will see that you are able to accomplish much more in a day.

6. Use the ‘Five W’s’

This is an old writing trick.  With any writing piece, make sure that you include the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘when’, and ‘why’.  By using this template you already have a simple outline that allows you to easily follow along without having to reinvent the wheel with each new project.

7. Research Ahead of Time

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If you need to do some research for your writing piece do this before you sit down to write.  Take care of all the research ahead of time.  This will put ideas in your head and give you a clear path for what you want to say.  Not only that, but trying to research a subject whilst you are trying to make a deadline is not going to look very good.  You can’t hope conduct proper research when you are in a rush, that’s why you should always do this in advance.

8. Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

Remember, everyone has bad days.  If you don’t get through as much as you would like to, that’s okay.  Give yourself a break and keep in mind that it takes time to get where you want to be.  Keep at it and you will do fine.

What other methods do you use to help you write faster?  Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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About Stephen Aedy

Stephen is a content writer and editor at DissertationWritings.com, a company that provides dissertation writing service and research consultancy. He specializes in the writing of academic papers, scientific research and teaching students to write better.

  • Clair Trebes

    Great post this Matt! 🙂 Like you I do a lot of writing and I felt myself nodding my head in agreement as I went through these tips you supply.

    I’m self taught with both the flow, ideas and actual typing so would say for anyone out there starting that tips 1, 2 & 4 really stand out for me – with the practicality of what we do!

    I do think a lot of the time people are put off by the fact they ‘can’t write’ or don’t know ‘how to blog’ – its just a case of finding your identity in how you write, and then having the confidence to publish it for people to see!


    • I think out of all the great tips Stephen suggests, I find that #4 is one of the most important (certainly for me anyway). Having a deadline, even a self imposed one is such a great way of producing content consistently. Without that pressure, then I’d probably slack off a bit. It helps to keep me on my toes and makes me get more done.

      You make a great point Clair! I’ve spoken to many people that want to write, but who just don’t have the confidence to do so. If I’m honest, I was a bit like that myself when I first started. You just have to take a deep breath and hit ‘publish’ that first time, it’s not as bad as people think. I’m sure you and many other writers/bloggers out there can relate to that.

  • Hey Matt these are great tips for writing and especially for those that get stuck with writing blog posts. I especially appreciate you sharing not to be hard on yourself, after all it does take time and I agree with that 100%. Too many online marketers, small business owners and entrepreneurs want to turn everything into a race instead of a marathon.

    We must be on the same wave length right now too Matt, because I just wrote this blog post a couple days ago, hope you don’t mind that I share, C:UsersLynnDocumentsMy http://socialmediabar.com/how-to-blog-post

    I look forward to sharing your tips to others. Have a great day!

    • As it’s you Lynn, no I don’t mind 🙂

      Yes, too many people want to be some sort of internationally recognised writer straight away, but it doesn’t work like that. You have to earn your stripes and earn your audience first. That’s why writers shouldn’t be too hard on themselves as it takes time to do this. Like you say, it’s a marathon not a race!

  • Andi the Minion

    Hi Matt, some great tips here, Tip no 1 is very important, I try to write and keep writing so I get loads down on paper before I edit it all. It is important that you create a short list of ideas and points to cover in the post then start writing so Tip no 3 should be done before any writing is attempted.

    It is very hard to write when you have no idea of what you want in your article, a good plan will make the writing flow and before you know it you will have 1000 words staring back at you.

    • Totally agree! Planning out your post beforehand is SO important. Writers can’t expect to just pull out a perfectly thought out article from thin air, it takes time and planning to make it work. Practice certainly helps, but planning is vitally important.

      I tend to plan out what my paragraphs are going to be before I start writing. That way, I can control how the post is going to flow. If I make a point in one paragraph, maybe that naturally leads on to the next point, etc. I find this a much more structured way to write my posts. I guess it’s like planning out a beginning, middle and end of a story, you know where you are going with it.

  • Swarnam

    These tips are very useful. Thanks a lot!

  • I always have my deadline as yesterday, so you know what that means, I am already behind in what I need to accomplish today !

    • I know what you mean! 🙂

      It can be tough to keep up with certain deadlines, but if you get into the habit it will serve you well in the long run. Setting a publishing deadline is something that has helped me a great deal, and bar a few minutes here and there, I have only missed one deadline since I started the site and that was because of internet problems.

      Readers appreciate when a blogger posts regularly as it gives then a reason to keep coming back to the site.