5 Simple Ways You Can Tap Into Your Writing Super Power
Maybe you have not thought about it quite like this, but writing is a type of ‘Super Power’, you just have to know how to use it! This ‘Super Power,’ is what pretty much all the Internet runs on: no writing = no content = no internet!
I think most people are aware how content makes the web go ‘round’, but is it really fair to say that writing is the backbone of that content? Clearly content takes many forms, videos, podcasts, images etc. In my opinion writing is the foundational skill for creating virtually all content, at least at the start.
If the Internet is dependent on content, and if you have an online presence or business, then you too are dependent on content. You are dependent in the sense that your income will be either totally dependent on it, or at least greatly affected by the generation of useful content.
It’s probably obvious that good quality content is the currency of any online business. Well-written and of course, well-marketed content not only helps get you noticed by search engines like Google, but also attracts new clients and builds your tribe of followers. If you have any sort of business online, then your goal would be to build a loyal following and great content can help you do that. Hopefully, these will be people who love what you do, and who know, like and trust you, hence they also buy from you.
For this article, I’m focusing on writing as the primary way you will be creating your content.
Even if creating videos is your main thing, you will most likely want to write, at the very least an outline, and that applies even if you ‘write’ by speaking into your recording device. The bottom line is, that great content takes time to create! If your focus is just on taking shortcuts and rushing to get something published then you might find your long term goals will suffer.
Despite the requirement of time to create excellent quality content, there are definitely ways to speed up your content creation so you can get it out there as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality …
Following are 5 tips you can use to speed up your writing and content creation:
1) Create A Plan
Do some basic planning before you begin writing. While some writers are talented enough to write fluently as they go along, others may get stuck halfway and have a hard time continuing. Before you write your content, type out a basic outline listing each basic point from beginning to end. Use this draft as your guide, and improvise if you need to along the way.
2) Just Write! Don’t Edit … yet.
When you sit down to write, don’t keep editing yourself as you go along. This breaks you’re writing flow. You can and generally will edit later. When you start to write a new piece of content, just let the words flow without editing as you go. Write your entire first draft before you even look for any grammar or spelling mistakes. Don’t even be thinking about potential changes. It’s common for people to edit as they go along, and then do it again at when they are done. This is really just wasting time and interrupts or even stops your creativity.
Set a timer. You can use an online timer or you can use one on your desk. Whatever works best for you. You might also want to try using the Pomodoro method. Here is a website with a built in timer you can use https://pomodoro-tracker.com/.
3) Remove Those Distractions
If you happen to be a Mum working from home and you have little children, then this will take some ingenuity and some planning, no doubt. As much as possible, plan a time to write your content, and then make a point to eliminate distractions. I know … it’s an obvious one, right, but are you really doing it? It’s really easy to leave their Facebook, Twitter, or email open, so you continue to get notifications on your phone or your desktop. Shut them all down (including the notifications). This might mean shutting down your browser while you’re writing. That also includes your phone. You might need to turn it off or at least on silent and away from where you can see it or hear it vibrating. Even if you’re not in the habit of checking these tings, just the notification sounds alone interrupt our concentration.
Ideally, find a quiet place where you can concentrate, and if you can turn off push notifications, then you can have your browser open but only with the sites that are relevant to researching your post. If necessary, install a browser plugin that blocks distracting sites. Here is a website that lists several options for Firefox https://launchparty.org/mozilla-firefox-extensions-that-help-block-time-wasting-websites/. And here is an article about similar apps for Chrome https://freedom.to/blog/8-website-blockers-for-studying-productivity-focus/. You can always do a search and see what else comes up.
4) Write Shorter Content
Ok … so if content is so critical wouldn’t it make more sense to have more of it?
As it turns out … No, not always. Great quality doesn’t always mean long! Your priority is to provide great value, if you can do this using less words, then definitely keep your content shorter!
Say what’s important. Say what you need to say but do it in as few words as possible. As long as your readers can get what they need from your post, and can see you are delivering value, then there’s no difference between a 500 or 1000-word post!
Many readers will lose interest anyway when you don’t keep to the point and most people these days are busy, so they love bites of content that are quick and easy to consume and to get what they want as quickly as possible.
5) Practice Makes Faster Writers!
The old saying practice makes perfect is not quite what I want to convey because I think as writers we are constantly honing and improving our craft. I’m not sure there is such a thing as ‘perfect’ because who gets to decide that criteria?
I’ve no doubt as we look at the work of great writers who we admire we could see that as perfection, however, I’ll venture to say, they are likely always continuing to hone their craft and improve their skills. So in a way, perfection has a certain amount of objectivity.
With all that said, it is none the less true, that the more you practice the better you will get, and indeed the faster you will get with practice.
One tip to speed up your writing is batching. When you “batch” your content creation process to create many posts at once. So keep on writing!
6) Outsource Your Writing
Ok, so in a way this is cheating, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Obviously, outsourcing your content creation or at least some of it, will certainly help you produce your content faster. It just won’t really help you as much as a writer. In other words you might not improve as a writer as quickly as you would when writing your own, but it’s all a matter of priorities.
Even if you do decide to outsource some of your content creation you will likely have to go through and edit it to make sure it fits your voice, so in that way, you still get some practice anyway.
So there they are, the quick
5 6 tips you can use to speed up your writing and help you to create that high quality content you need.