Want to whittle down the time you spend writing and still keep the quality at par or even better?
This post is for you.
Writing quality posts every day is a chore and takes the life out of you.
You spend hours staring at the blank white screen… waiting for words to appear.
They don’t. You lack ideas. Even if you do start writing, work progresses at a snail’s pace.
All of these are valid problems. And here’s your solution.
Plan your writing well in advance
You could write down your ideas for your blogposts either a month in advance, a week ahead or even a day ahead.
But planning can’t be skimped upon.
Your goal is to reduce the time you spend on writing. The key is to realize that you aren’t wasting minutes and hours on writing but rather coming up with the title and post ideas.
Once the outline is fleshed out you need not worry about putting them into paper. Building on an outline is easy as pie. But you need the outline first.
Research first then write
Researching and writing shouldn’t go in-tandem. Research, have a clear idea about what you’re going to write and then close down all those tabs and start writing.
Researching and writing are two separate processes. It’s beneficial and productive to tackle those tasks separately.
Separate out distractions
Seriously, clamp them down.
Your smartphone isn’t a tool to stay connected. It’s the greatest piece of distracting shit ever created by man.
It’s possible that those 8 hours you claim to be working on a post, 5 are spent whiling away on Facebook.
Working from home is a mixed blessing. It’s freeing apparently. On the flip side it’s easier than ever to get side-tracked.
Use a timer
Do this once and you’ll know how much of your time you general spend on unnecessary things.
Set a timer when you start blogging. As soon as you stop writing go for something else stop it.
Start again when you begin writing again.
Do your usual stuff— Facebook, networking, emailing, feeding your cat. Just glance at the end of the day and look at how much of it you really spent writing.
Once you get a quantitative estimate of how much of your time isn’t spent on your blog you get a very real visceral image of things.
Self-realization is the beginning of self-actualization.
Write but don’t edit, just yet
Writing and editing are two separate tasks.
It took me years to actually believe that and then follow the maxim.
And it did a world of good to my writing.
When you write be the open tap. Ideas should keep flowing unceasingly, incessantly.
Edition comes later.
It’s a whole new process. You get better sentences. You check for clunky beginnings and endings and wordy sentences. You snip, snip and snip again.
You are sculpting your creation to perfection. New thoughts, way of words, phrases idioms and examples come flowing to you in this phase.
Include intractions in this phase if they don’t come naturally to you.
Do you need that ‘that?’
Will a shorter sentence convey this particular idea as succinctly as the longer sentence?
Think hard and think deep. These minor things improve your post in a big way. There’s no particular style guide that teaches you how to perfect the nuances of writing.
You get there with practice.
Check those grammar mistakes. Check those typos.
Proofread once again. Hit publish.
There you go. By separating the two processes you get a picture perfect blogpost.
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