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    5 Tips to Speed Up Your Writing and Skyrocket Your Quality

    Can you write faster?

    So, how much spare time do you have?

    A lot? Enough?

    If you’re a writer, marketer, entrepreneur, member of a family, or part of a social group,  the answer is probably a resounding–NOT ENOUGH!

    There aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything that you want to do and sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do. So if there’s a way you can shave a few minutes (or more) off a task you do often, that can represent a big change in your life.

    Writing for the internet is one of those things that can be done in a lot less time than we usually give it.

    Here are five ideas that can help you slash your post-writing time. (And probably make the posts a bit better, too!)

    Hammer Out Your Angle

    The worst thing you can do (that we’ve ALL done) is sit down in front of a blank page and wait for inspiration to strike.

    You need to figure out a few things first.

    1. Who you’re writing for, and
    2. What they’re interested in reading.

    You can do this by figuring out who your ideal reader is, and researching the type of blog posts, articles etc. that they most frequently enjoy. Look at other blogs in your industry, and see what style of writing, and range of topics perform the best.

    Draft Your Outline

    After you know your audience and angle, spend some time drafting your article.

    Write an exciting, attention-grabbing introduction, and then create the sub-headings you’ll be using to divide your writing into chunks. This will save you a huge amount of time when it comes to writing your piece, because you already know what belongs where – all you have to do is fill in the blanks.

    Make sure your headings are interesting and give a good indication of the content you’ll be discussing in each section. If you think you’ll need it, you can also add a few notes about the important points you’ll cover in the section.

    Jot Down Brilliant Thoughts As You Go

    Have you ever thought of an excellent way to say something, swear to yourself you’ll write it down as soon as you get to the right place, and when you do – it’s lost in the ether of your mind?

    This often happens when researching, reading or outlining – pretty much any time that’s not a great time to develop the idea further.

    Yep. It’s so frustrating. Sometimes you remember it, but usually only after the piece has been published.

    If you try to develop the ideas as you have them, though, you’ll derail yourself from concentrating on the rest of the piece and you may get one great line in, but the overall quality of the piece will suffer.

    Save yourself the pain by keeping a running list of pithy observations, stirring conclusions or mind-bending opening lines.

    Prepare Dazzling Quotations

    Other people say lots of wonderful things that illuminate a point you want to make. That is why we quote.

    Whenever you notice a line, a paragraph or a thought that speaks to you, dump it (with a reference link) into a text or word file on your computer.

    Having these on hand is amazingly helpful when writing posts because you won’t have that “someone said something about this – it was so good, who was it?” moment that happens to avid readers.

    Prepare Your Useful Links

    Finding and adding links is one of those simple tasks that can eat up time really quickly.

    Not every post requires external links, but plenty of them do. After the thing is written it’s simply a pain in the butt to go through and find everything you want to link to, then go find the right links and then go back again to insert them.

    Just do it first.

    And Bring It All Together

    Once you have your prep work done, you’ll be amazed at how fast a blog post can come together.

    Everything just runs smoothly and the end result is clear, concise and filled with fantastic tidbits that your readers will love and respond to.

    This is especially true when you use a proven and effective formula. Everyone who has tried it says that the Write Like Freddy training program has sped up their writing (sometimes by huge margins) and allowed them to get in front of much, much bigger audiences to loud applause. 😉

     

    About the author:

    Danny Iny (@DannyIny) is the co-founder of Firepole Marketing, the “Freddy Krueger of Blogging”, and the co-author (with Guy Kawasaki, Brian Clark, and many others) of Engagement from Scratch! (available on Amazon, or as a free download). The latest and greatest thing you can get from him (for free, of course) is his Naked Marketing Manifesto, about marketing that really works!
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    About the author

      Danny Iny

      Danny Iny is the founder of Mirasee, host of the Business Reimaginedpodcast, best-selling author of multiple books including Engagement from Scratch!, The Audience Revolution, and Teach and Grow Rich, and creator of the acclaimed Audience Business Masterclass and Course Builder’s Laboratory training programs

    • Great advice. I already have some of them in motion with my writing, but a few are new to me. I’ll have to implement them when I’m writing. Thanks!!

    • Danny,

      I like the idea of finding your links and research articles before you begin to write. It helps guide your ideas and of course helps you finish up the post more quickly when the writing is done. Thanks, Beth

    • One point that I really love is that you have to define your ideal reader. Many times writers make the mistake of trying to write for everyone. The truth remains that you are supposed to talk to just one person. One point I’d like to add along these lines is that writing is a lot easier when you picture yourself answering someone’s question.

      Think about it: How many times have you experienced writers’ block when you were asked a question in real life? Just pick a person and imagine them asking you a question (and you answering that question) and you’ll write much more easily — It has worked for me and with it I have been able to write 50 top quality articles within 2 days.

    • This post was exactly what I needed today – GREAT INFO! Thanks as always Danny! Funny thing is – this was one of two great posts that spoke to me, the other was a guest post on Firepole Marketing. I look forward to the day that I can sign up for your course, in the mean time I am soaking up the tips and signing up for the seminars (yes, I am signed up for the Nov. 13th training) 🙂

      I am happy to see that my comment made it into the first five! (wink wink)

      Happy Writing!
      Kristen

    • Debra says:

      Thanks for the great article. I am just getting my sites up and I think this will help me a lot.

      Debra @ childrenswellbeingblog.com

    • Jevon says:

      Great tips Danny, especially the one about jotting down brilliant thoughts as you go. Just Saturday I had a brilliant idea for a post that I swore I would write down when I reached home. Of course, at home I was left thinking, “What was that brilliant idea again?… Damn”

      I’ve also recently started preparing my reference links list because I always have those “someone said something about this – it was so good, who was it?” moments.

    • My favorite is #1: hammering out your angle. I see a lot of bloggers not doing this. The result? Their piece is bland and unexciting. Even worse is that it doesn’t resonate with anyone. However, if you identify your audience and write as your audience were in front of you, your writing is more likely to touch someone–your intended audience.

      I was once taught this trick: identify your demographic and the type of reader you want to have; for example, moms aged 23-35 who work at home. Then look for a picture (even of some random person) or create a caricature of your intended audience. Print it and then post in on a nearby wall. Whenever you write, glance at the picture so your writing will read as if you were conversing with this person.

    • As someone who’s spent the morning sitting in front of a blank document, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this post Danny!

      Looking for links after I’ve written a post is another problem I had until I started using Evernote. Everything I come across that I think I’ll need to quote goes there. This way I know everything is in one place and if I’ve been really good, that quote or link I’m looking for will be properly tagged 🙂


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