Blogging is time-consuming.
You have to sit down and start writing, and before you know it, you’ve spent hours upon hours writing your blog post.
But since you need to write a blog post, this is a necessary activity that you need to proceed with in order to run a blog.
Of course, if you’re a blogger, you probably think the writing process is fun, but what if you could streamline your writing process to write the same blog post in a shorter period of time, so ultimately, you get more time for other things.
Since we’re always looking to become more productive, completing a blog post in a shorter period of time without compromising on quality is something that no blogger would say no to.
Therefore, in this article, I am sharing 5 ways you can speed up your writing and create high-quality blog posts in a shorter period of time.
1. Define what you’re Going to Write about Before you Start
It happens to everyone.
You sit down to write, you put your fingers on your keyboard, but it’s empty in your head and you just can’t come up with anything to write about.
Before you know it, you’ve spent fifteen minutes not writing a single word.
The first step to writing blog posts faster is obviously to start writing, and by streamlining your process to make sure you get started right away at all times, you can easily produce more text faster.
So before you sit down to start writing, make sure you’ve defined the topic you’re going to write about previously. Perhaps even the day before. When you know what you’re going to write about, you’ll naturally start processing that topic and go around thinking about it consciously or unconsciously in your head. As such, when it’s time to sit down and start writing, your brain will already have processed the topic, allowing you to get started faster.
2. Make an Outline
A big-time thief in blogging that makes you less productive and writes slower is having to constantly hold up and think about your new sentence, and your next paragraph.
By making an outline with all of the questions you want to be answered, and outlining them with subheadings and headings, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to cover in your blog post, so when you’ve answered the question of one subheading, you can simply continue with the next one.
3. Write about Things you’re Genuinely Passionate About
If you haven’t written about topics that you aren’t genuinely passionate about, you’ll be surprised at how huge of a difference this makes when blogging. You don’t have to do anything else in terms of strategy and execution, but by simply writing about topics you are engaged with, you’ll naturally write faster and better. Plus, you’ll enjoy blogging more!
Best of all, your readers will be able to tell, making your copy so much more interesting and engaging.
So many people write about things they’re only half-interested in because it’s a good niche, or it’s a niche that’s less competitive, but if the niche you’re industry is competitive, you’ll still often succeed better in that compared to if you blog about a niche that you aren’t too passionate about.
4. Be Well Researched
If you constantly have to make research in your writing process, you’ll intervene with your writing flow. Constantly having to double-check details, and studying information is something that can slow down your writing quite substantially. If you’re well researched before you get started writing, you’ll be able to write your blog post from start to finish, without having to stop and think, and stop to find some information. It’s better to set aside time to do research before you start writing, and then set aside a time when you’re only going to be focusing on writing.
5. Write Often and a Lot!
It’s no secret that practice makes perfect. When it comes to this, there’s really no shortcut.
I’ve now written more than one thousand articles, and when I first got started, I tried to consume every blog post about blogging, how you could write good blog posts, and what the best practices for writing was – just like this article.
And sure, these helped a lot, but there’s nothing that taught me more and helped me improve more than simply sitting down and starting to write, and making that a daily habit.
The more you write, the better you’ll become. You’ll be able to identify awkward sounding sentences, words, and you’ll be able to express your point in a more seamless appealing way.
There’s really no shortcut around this, so start writing now, because before you know it, you’ve written hundreds of blog posts and are an expert at writing.
About the Author
Jens Wirdenius is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of marketing blog Veloce International and the influencer marketing blog Veloce Network. He is a social media and marketing nut, sharing his passion for business and online marketing in his articles.