If you’ve been a blogger or writer like me for a couple of years now then you know how time consuming writing posts could be. And with all the hype about quality content writing, publishing a single post could take a few more hours than it used to. We should never sacrifice quality over quantity. But with more writing assignments at hand we often have to squeeze a few more articles with same number of working hours.
The key to becoming a better writer is not only being able to churn out consistent quality content but to write at a more efficient rate. The key to writing more posts at a faster pace is to develop and follow a writing strategy. So the next time you’ve got a deadline or planning for a much needed break without sacrificing your writing assignments, here are a few tips to make you a faster, more efficient writer.
Make your topics more specific
Create a topic and write within the boundaries of the topic. Some of us make the mistake of trying to hit so many birds with a single stone which only leads to posts which are longer and offer no real benefit to our readers. Start with your title and try to come up with one which more or less summarizes your content.
Make an Outline of your Post
Use bullets and headings, after coming up with a topic break down your ideas into easy to digest content. Headings are a wonderful way of providing breaks into your post and helps stress important point. These could also be launching points where you could write specific content rather than going from paragraph to paragraph.
Videos and Images
Photos are said to be worth a thousand words and using images could quickly turn your 300 word post into a novel. Videos and images are also great for making your posts longer as they take a huge amount of real estate. A well placed photo or video could help capture your reader’s attention better and offers additional content for their senses. Rather than bore them with an endless stream of text, these could provide additional information that no words could capture.
Write now, Edit later
It’s hard to get in the writing zone and when you’re trying to keep those steady streams of ideas flowing, editing could get you off track quickly. There will be enough time to edit the post after you’ve accomplished the main brunt of the task which is writing the actual post itself.
Focus, focus, focus
Collect your thoughts and create a quiet space where you could write your post in peace. Remove all distractions. If you could write your post in 16 minutes or less then it leaves you more free time on your hands for just about anything.
Keep your posts short and informative
Focus on the topic and keep all content geared towards providing as much accurate information on the topic as possible. Never deviate from the topic and stay within its boundaries. Tell it in the first paragraph all the way up to the last paragraph. Make instructions and information direct to the point as possible. Stay away from flowery words as these might only confuse your readers.
Build your vocabulary
This is essential for every writer or anyone who wants to make this more than a hobby. How many times have you found yourself wasting minutes groping for words that best convey your message? An easy way of doing this is by simply reading.
Guest blogger: Suzzane Edwards is a financial advisor and currently works as a consultant for small businesses. When she’s not writing for Cash for Gold, she could be found blogging about simple tips on how people could take advantage of the internet’s numerous business opportunities.