Double Your Writing Speed: 10 Top Tips

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    Do you want to double your writing speed?

    Imagine being able to produce the same amount of writing you do now in half the time.

    Or even producing double the amount of work you do now in the same amount of time. It’s not only possible to do, but very simple.

    I’ve written thousands of articles during the period I’ve been making a full time living online, and I’ve discovered that the only thing holding me back from writing faster is myself.

    You see, we all have beliefs within that tell us what our writing speed limit is. As I’ve let go of these beliefs and blocks, I’ve found myself writing faster and getting into the writing zone effortlessly.

    With all that said, let’s look at ten simple ways you can double the speed of your writing, right now:

    1. Outline

    The first thing that has proven highly effective for me and my writing is to outline my articles before I start writing.

    I know this sounds ridiculously simple. The problem is that most people know about outlining but never use it in their writing properly.

    For example, with this article I brainstormed a good headline, and I then wrote down the 10 different ways that you can double the speed of your writing.

    It’s nothing fancy, but it works wonders for me and as you implement it into your writing, you may notice the same effects.

    2. Single-Task

    The next step is to single task, and eliminate any and all distractions while you’re writing.

    I know this is hard with Twitter, Facebook and e-mail beeping for our attention, but I’ve found that I can significantly increase the speed of my writing by simply doing nothing other than writing.

    Another really simple tip, but the magic lies not in complexity, but in simplicity.

    So focus on getting your first draft done and then allow yourself to check e-mail or whatever your addiction is.

    Or you may want to wait until the end of the day until you reward yourself.

    3. Destroy Your Inner Critic

    Our inner critic gets in the way of writing the first draft fast, because it wants to have everything perfect before you’ve even written the article.

    You can simply thank your inner critic for caring about the quality of your work and focus on getting the first draft done.

    Tell your inner critic that you will edit the article after you’ve written it. The magic in writing well is not in producing a perfect first draft, but editing and rewriting afterward.

    4. Voice-to-Text

    Another fantastic way to increase the speed of your writing is to use voice to text software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

    In fact, I’m using this very program to write this article. It allows my hands to take a break and it lets the inspiration flow freely.

    It is not without mistakes, but it is amazingly accurate, especially when you’ve used it for a while and it has gotten used to your voice and way of speaking.

    5. Brain Dump

    Whenever I’m stuck, I set a goal to write as fast as I can. If I run out of things to say or write, I will simply repeat the last word to keep the momentum going.

    Brain dumping is a great way to get all your ideas out.

    Once you’ve got the ideas on there, you can pick and choose the ideas that you think are relevant to whatever message you’re trying to convey.

    6. Deadline

    If you want to dramatically cut down the time you spend writing articles, I suggest you get an egg timer or a regular clock and set a deadline for each article.

    If you’re writing a 500 word article, you may want to set a deadline for 10 minutes.

    This will force you to get everything out as fast as possible. It will also help to suspend your inner critic and focus on what’s truly important.

    7. Routine

    We all have routines and rituals that help us get into the right state for writing.

    Mine is often making a cup of green tea and sipping it while I outline whatever I’m going to work on.

    Think back to the last time you felt really good about diving into your writing. What did you do? How did you feel? Where were you?

    8. Place

    There are places where you seem to get into the flow of writing effortlessly. For some people this may mean going to a coffee shop, while others like sitting in nature with no distractions at all.

    I personally prefer writing at my desk with total silence. I may listen to music from time to time, but often enjoy the silence.

    Find your own sacred writing space and spend your time writing there as much as possible.

    9. Replicate the Zone

    Think about a time when you’ve been in the zone. How do you know when you’re entering the zone?

    What do you feel inside your body? What is it that tells you that you’re now in the zone and your writing is flowing effortlessly onto the page?

    You see, when you identify what the zone looks like to you, you can replicate it.

    10. Passion

    This may seem irrelevant at first, but have you ever noticed how much more you get done when you’re passionate about the topic you’re working on?

    I certainly have.

    Being passionate is not only important in writing, but in every area of your life. If you constantly do what excites you, you will produce high-quality work while at the same time feeling good about yourself.

    As you finish reading this article, I want to remind you that you already have all the resources within you to easily write faster, better, and higher quality articles.

    We often get in our own way, and as you become aware of this, you can begin to realize that you can get into the zone whenever you want.

    About the author

      Henri Junttila

      Henri writes at Wake Up Cloud, where you can get his free course: Find Your Passion in 5 Days or Less. And if you liked this article, you will enjoy one of his top articles: 11 Ways to Eliminate Writer's Block When Nothing Else Works.

    • It was very informative and I look forward to reading more of them from you!

    • Thanks for such useful tips.

      I’ll definitely follow them as I need to improve my writing skills 🙂


    • Thanks for the great tips Henri! Being somewhat of a perfectionist, my inner critic always starts working as soon I write down the first word of an article. I put your tips, especially the ones about outlining and silencing the inner critic, to the test in writing the next article for Zen to Life. I didn’t use a timer, but it went quick and smooth!

      Years ago I tried Voice-to-Text with L&H Voice Express but that didn’t work all that great. Once my writing starts bringing in some money, I’ll definitely look into Dragon NaturallySpeaking as well.

    • Janet says:

      Wow! Henri! You just nailed everything I do wrong, particularly the inner critic. I’m off now to read your article on how to get inspired to write (my other problem!)

    • I have pondered the idea of purchasing the Voice-to-text software you mentioned but had doubts about how well it would actually work. You have given me the incentive I needed to purchase the software and give it a try.

      I too use outlines to write. That way you can ensure that you get the meat of the article or story in and then everything else is gravy. I find this helps cut down on writing time considerably.

      I love the idea of repeating the last work when you get stuck. I have also found that starting a word association game using the last work helps to get my brain going again.

      Thanks for the tips.

    • Thanks for the suggestions!
      I had never really thought about the voice to text…i’ll check it out.

    • Aurea says:

      awe man.. thank you! I am going to try hard at putting this into practice because sometimes i get so lost with my ‘inner critic’ that hours pass!

    • I can certainly understand the amount of efforts you’ve put in to write this article. All important points covered and precisely explained. For me I need to work on destroying my inner critic; I keep modifying my sentences and waste a lot of time.

    • bill burns says:

      “If you’re writing a 500 word article, you may want to set a deadline for 10 minutes?!” If you’re living in the U.S. and forced to bang out as many words as you can in hopes of making more than minimum wage, then set a timer; do 500 words in 10 minutes; and then take a Ramen noodle break. Give me a break.

    • susan says:

      thanks for your suggestions. i think it is time that i use the outline method.

      i broke my shoulder a month ago and still have another month before i can use that arm. one handed typing is difficult especially when a lot of writing needs to be done. of course there is lots to be done this coming month. so i will check out Dragon NaturallySpeaking.

    • I am learning every day. I really think the Dragon software might be very helpful. I love to read and write. I have so many writing topics to be passionate about too.

    • Eric says:

      The Dragon software sounds interesting. Am going to check it out. Great ideas here and I think being passionate as well as getting in the zone really helps because everything feels more natural then and helps to free your mind and let the words flow.

    • Rosemary says:

      Hi Henri,
      As someone who is a master in the art of ‘getting in her own way’ I am delighted to read your reminders here of how to stop messing about and just get down to it. When I was writing as a freelance journalist I would mind map my ideas, then do the research, mindmap again to sort what I decided was relevant and then the article would almost write itself. As for being ‘in the zone’…a sure sign for me that I am there is when the clock hands seem to fly around like something possessed! What a great idea to simply thank the ‘inner criitic’ for his help and promise that you will edit it afterwards.I think my main blocking problem has always been that I want to get it perfect first time around and hate the thoughts of wasting time going off on tangents. Thanks for these simple but so effective reminders Henri.

    • doug_eike says:

      I like the Dragon-Naturally-Speaking idea. I used that program years ago, but at the time, it wasn’t well developed, and I went back to typing. It sounds as if the program has improved. Thanks for the tip!

      • Henri says:

        It definitely has improved -a lot-, so check it out. You may just be surprised!

    • fifi leigh says:

      interesting article. i enjoyed reading your article.

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