Improve Your Writing Productivity with Speed Writing Tricks
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Writers know that it’s already difficult enough to find time to write something of good quality. That’s why it’s important to make one’s writing time efficient and productive. But in reality, that doesn’t usually happen. In my case, even when I do find time to write, I often just end up downing too much coffee and staring at my laptop for hours, not knowing what to write.
Thankfully, we can use these five different tools to help ourselves write faster:
Brainstorm whenever your brain is inactive
Whenever you’re doing chores or waiting for the bus at the bus stop, you can make use of this time in order to brainstorm an idea for your next article, blog post, or literary piece. These tasks don’t require your brain to work at full capacity, and you can take advantage of this by starting the first draft of your piece in your head. Some people advise always having a notebook or a tablet so that you don’t forget your ideas.
Deadlines are your best friend
Even if you weren’t given a formal deadline, learn to enforce deadlines upon yourself. Do everything in your power to meet your deadline and push yourself to finish whatever you’re writing. This is the type of discipline that all writers must have.
Don’t just wait for inspiration, search for it
I know that there are times when a piece just comes out naturally, as if someone walked over your shoulder and whispered to you all the words that you should say, but that doesn’t happen all the time. You often have to look for inspiration in order to be constantly inspired. Do this by researching about the topic you have in mind or immersing yourself in the things that inspire you.
Stay away from the Internet
Or at least, stay away from websites that can be potential distractions. Google Chrome has a fantastic app called StayFocusd that keeps you from visiting websites that can potentially waste your time. Use it.
Use an outline
Use an outline in order to make sure you don’t get stuck in the middle of writing and also to make sure that you spend less time on revisions. Using an outline ensures that what you’re writing has a clear direction even before you start writing.
Time your progress
Use a timer in order to figure out which parts of your writing time you’re most efficient or inefficient. This way, you can work on which parts you’re having trouble putting together, and focus on improving them.
How about you? What do you do in order to finish your pieces faster?