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Writing Articles At Speed - Advice For Newbies
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Writing Articles at Speed  -  Advice for Newbies

If you’re trying to set up a website or a blog one of the things that you will want to do is fill it with quality content. Of course, if you find writing difficult or believe that your time will be better spent elsewhere you might choose to outsource that activity to someone else . However, outsourcing costs money and that’s not always an option, so its important that you learn about writing articles at speed so you’re not spending all day producing content and then neglecting other important activities.

Write on a regular basis

If you don’t write on a regular basis you are unlikely to get faster at it. The more you write the easier it gets.

Write in peace and quiet

Don’t try and write where there are lots of distractions. JK Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in a cafe because she had no choice, but most of us can’t focus with noise around us. Better to get up half an hour earlier in the morning and write in peace and quiet than trying to write when you’re going to get constantly distracted.

Develop strategies for overcoming writers block

A lot of people are sceptical about writers block saying that it’s an excuse for being lazy. That may be but it is true that some days it can be really hard to get the words in your head down on a page. To help that you need to develop different strategies for overcoming writers block. One of the things that I use is I always leave an article half written ready for the next day. This means that I am able to pick up the thread of writing much more easily that I might if I was trying to start from scratch. Find strategies that work for you.

Complete timed exercises

When people start out article writing they often spend hours just writing one article. I’ve been there. It used to take me about 8 hours. Luckily I had the time, but it’s not something I could keep up. One way I speeded up my writing was taking part in timed exercises with other writers, where we would have 30 minutes to write. 15 minutes to edit , add images, links and to publish. I remember thinking ‘I will never be able to do this’. But of course I could – not immediately. But after three or four times I found I could

Use a timer

If you just want to practice improving your writing speed by yourself, then work with a timer. You will have to be disciplined enough to set a time and then stick to it, but it really is a good way of decreasing the amount of time you allocate to writing. This isn't an excuse for producing sloppy work. Writing articles regulary in this way will help you to focus and channel your ideas more quickly.

Do blocks of research

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a writer is to be disorganised. There’s no point in finding one keyword and doing research for one article. Do a block of specific research and keyword research and then start writing. You will often find that ideas for a couple of articles will flow out of one idea and your enthusiasm will naturally improve your writing speed.

Accept ‘good enough’

It’s important that you produce good quality content. However, it’s equally important that you don't spend hours writing a single article constantly trying to improve it. If you have those sort of perfectionist tendencies you'll have to crush them. Sometime you will just have to accept what you've written is ‘good enough’ and publish your writing. After all if you're writing on a regular basis your writing will become easier.

Summary

If you want to get quicker at writing then there are a number of different strategies that you can apply to improve your speed. Remember practice makes (almost) perfect. Do it on a regular basis and your writing will become faster and easier to produce.


Street Talk

S. Gray  

When I began writing at Street Articles, I would literally spend hours on one article making sure it was absolutely PERFECT before submitting it for publication. I was becoming a little discouraged because I was making the process a lot harder than it is. In order to submit articles on a regular basis, I had to do just as you suggested and squash my tendency to perfect my articles. It helps to use a stop watch to keep an eye on the time I spend creating an article, too. I also agree with you about the fact that the more you write, the faster you'll become. I went from writing just one article every 1 or 3 days to sometimes writing 2-3 articles per day. That's not a lot, but it's an improvement. Thanks for the tips and reminders, Beverly. I really enjoyed reading this article!

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks Sonya. Glad you enjoyed it. I agree it's good to work with a stop watch - it's what I had to do. 2-3 articles a day is good. Remember that won't b the only thing you're doing in a day!

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  about 9 years ago
S. Gray  

I know I really have to work on the social aspect of this whole thing. I'm hoping I'll improve in that area also :)

  
  about 9 years ago

Will do this boss !

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks for reading Eugene!

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you for your ideas. Sometimes it takes me an awfully long time to write an article or a blog with high quality content. I am bookmarking this article, because I really need help in that area.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks Sarah. Glad you found it helpful. You can find more tips through the links.

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  about 9 years ago

Thank you. Your links were definitely helpful.

  
  about 9 years ago

All good points. I use some of them, but when i write I need noise!

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks Shaw. I vary some times I like lots of noise, but I can get really involved and then I'm happy to work in silence.

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  about 9 years ago
Amy4  

I always enjoy seeing your articles arrive in my inbox. I know it is quality content! Another great article Beverley. I definately will be using your resources as motivation when I get back into my WA work and street articles. I feel like you should have a "motivational comment of the day" pop up in the morning on the front page of AOL, Yahoo, or MSN. Your articles are exactly what people need when they turn on the computer to start the day!

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  about 9 years ago
  

Amy. Thank you so much for the compliments. They were lovely to read and made a very good start to my day. I'm glad you find my articles useful.

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  about 9 years ago

i like the Idea of leaving un finshed article for the infuston of the next day .I dont have to feel not acomplished and go to sleep peacfully . See it is all about titles that we give to things .BY the way is any body can tell me how to take picture from skype to facebook ?

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  about 9 years ago
  

Hi Ronit Thanks for reading. Yes you can sleep peacefully by knowing that you have an article that you can pick up the next day.

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  about 9 years ago

download to your computer from skype, then upload from your computer to facebook.

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  about 9 years ago

You hit it on the head! Can I call you Coach? LOL You can call me Cowboy! I have experienced everything in the article from disorganized to writer's block and needing quiet to write! All great advice! You newbies out there take note! Liked and G+'d!

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks McK. Glad you enjoyed it an thanks for sharing.

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  about 9 years ago

Good advice Beverly. Thank you

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks Jackelyn. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  about 9 years ago
Johnney  

Very nice coach, especially like the doing blocks of research paragraph, something I need to do. Thanks.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks Johney. Doing your research in blocks of time should really help. Beverley

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  about 9 years ago
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