Writing Speed

4 Easy Tricks To Improve Your Writing Speed

Are you a daydreamer? A chronic procrastinator? A slow and deliberative thinker? Whatever it is, you might be having trouble meeting your deadlines or quotas. You just haven’t figured out how to write fastenough.

So let’s see what wisdom we can share from our own experiences and those of others we’ve heard about.

How to Write Fast: 4 Easy Tricks

First Trick

Don’t think about writing fast. That’s just putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. Instead, reframe the way you think about writing:

  • Is writing work? No, it’s the opportunity to do something you love.
  • Do you struggle and procrastinate? No, you’re detail-oriented, which is a valuable attribute.
  • Do you write too slowly? No, but there are ways to approach writing in a more organized way.

And so on …

You can figure this out. Now turn it into a habit.

Second Trick

Set aside certain days or hours that are not only reserved for writing, but are the only times you are “allowed to” write. Do other things the rest of the time so that you will start to look forward to the writing times, and perhaps even be disappointed when they end.

Try to set your writing times during times of the day or week when you are most relaxed and have no other obligations. Work at home if possible, or in another place that’s comfortable for you.

Writing Speed

Third Trick

Start by writing everything you know about your topic. Never mind checking the facts at this point; just get it down on paper (or the screen). Before long, you will realize how much you actually do have to say.

And that will give you the inspiration to keep going.

And you will need to keep going because once you’ve written down all you can think of on your own, it will be time to do research on what you need to learn more about.

But that’s easy because now you do know what you need to know.

Fourth Trick

Try writing by hand on notebook paper. There are a couple of reasons why this will help you:

  • Making physical contact with the words you write–and the tools you use to write them–can give you a sense of ownership of and pride in your ideas.
  • When you need to translate your hand writing into digital writing, you will amaze yourself with all you came up with, including any cool doodles that found their way to the paper.

Also, you should learn how to write in cursive if you never did before. Or take a refresher if you did learn but haven’t done it for a while.

Although writing on a computer captures your creative ideas, writing those ideas by hand is a more holistic kind of creativity.

Before very long, you will be taking pride in your good handwriting!

Have You Written Your Conclusion Yet?

How about ending this way?

Quick–go write down all those ideas you’ve been forming while reading this! Use them as the foundation for a whole new article with advice you want to give other writers who might be struggling with their own “muses.”