Not everyone has hours to write, but when you have a website, you need to have a continuous flow of content. So how can you create the content you need quickly — without sacrificing quality?
Tip 1: Get Rid of Distractions
If you only have half an hour to write, get rid of distractions. Turn your phone on silent and consider downloading a website blocker. You can block yourself from accessing certain websites for a given amount of time.
If you work from home, close yourself off in a room for 30 minutes.
Pro-tip: Work in a loud office or can’t stand total silence? Buy some noise-cancelling headphones or play some classical music.
Tip 2: Don’t Work on Another Task Until You Have Finished Writing Your Piece
This goes along with distractions. Do not allow yourself to focus on another task until you’ve finished your content. Don’t check emails or answer phone calls if possible, as it might interrupt your flow.
Pro-tip: If you must take a break in the middle to accomplish another task, be sure you stop at a good place. Don’t stop in the middle of a paragraph where you might lose your thought process.
Tip 3: Do Your Research First
Try to get your research done first if possible. Take notes and have them side-by-side if possible. If you have two screens, you can keep your notes on one screen and write on the other or you might want to print out your notes for quick and easy reference.
Pro-tip: If you don’t have time to do your research beforehand, don’t write with a source right next to you. You might accidentally copy the source’s language or structure.
Tip 4: Get Organized
If you can’t find your research notes in the stack of papers on your desk, you might be unable to write at all. If you only give yourself half an hour to write and you spend 15 minutes looking for your notes, you cut your time in half. That 15 minutes might allow you to write something, but it might cut into quality.
Pro-tip: If you have time, write an outline first. Taking five minutes to organize your thoughts can save you an hour of reorganizing later.
Tip 5: Rush Yourself
You have a limited amount of time; make the most of it. Don’t overthink your words. Get your thoughts on the page (screen) and edit it later.
Pro-tip: Can’t stop overthinking your writing? Try an app like The Most Dangerous Writing App that deletes your text if you stop writing.
Tip 6: Use an Editing App to Cut Down on Editing Time
Use an editing app like Grammarly. If you type in the app, it will tell you where you can improve your writing (e.g., replace an overused word or change passive to active voice). It will also tell you if you spelled something wrong, used the wrong word, or accidentally plagiarized someone else’s content.
Pro-tip: Run it through again if you change something; you might find that you made an error while trying to fix an existing one.
Important: Don’t skip your final proofread. Computers are not infallible, and you might find that it overlooked a mistake or prompted you to add or change something that was unnecessary.
Tip 7: Take a Break Before You Edit
Proofreading is integral to producing quality content. Before you edit your content, take a break. If you don’t have hours to wait, take a walk around your office, go grab lunch, or accomplish another task. That will allow you to look at your content with fresh eyes.
Pro-tip: Check out my five tips for editing quickly.
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