How do I write faster
The amazingly simple tip for writing faster
The big problem for many is that it just takes too long to write. Even if the end result is the greatest text on earth, it's not sustainable if you have a week - or even half a day! - wrote about it.
When you are self-employed it feels totally like work, but unfortunately nobody pays you this working time. Worse still, you lose twice. Because during this time you cannot work on things for which you get money - let alone land new orders. Or you just work unnecessarily a lot.
If you write for others, it is not acceptable because your fee disappears with flat rates or becomes astronomical with billing on an hourly basis.
Writing should be profitable. That's one thing.
But writing should also flow. Because how much it slips while writing has a direct effect:
- on yourself, your productivity and your enjoyment of writing
- on the quality of your texts, because you always read the texts to see whether they are written hesitantly / whether the author was blocked / whether a patchwork has come out because someone has already made it worse several times
If the letter pulls itself, it pulls the literal rat tail behind it:
The end of the song: You torment yourself or write in ever larger intervals. This is the cause of many blogs where there is a post only every 53 days or for newsletters that appear “at irregular intervals”.
Clearly: There are many advantages to writing faster. - So what is this amazingly simple tip now?
Are you ready?
The tip is: hurry up!
"Thank you! What kind of tip is that supposed to be ?! "
A clever one. A tried and tested. A proven to be effective.
My workshop participants can tell you a thing or two about it. They always show me, at least that's how I imagine it, when I ask them to set a kitchen alarm clock and give themselves half an hour to write a short text including a concept. (The conception plays just as big a role as the good old plankton with which I harass you almost every time.)
This tip works for several reasons:
1. You limit yourself.
We all know Parkinson's law, according to which work expands as the time available. Let's take writing your own website. Many new customers groan: “It's all so time-consuming, I've been struggling with these web texts for two months now!” I say: “Then I have to shock you now. Such an image page with a few self-presentation pages takes just a few hours if you work hard on it. "
Of course you can now say: “Unfair, Gitte! For you maybe, you are much faster and more savvy! ”- Okay, then I'll give you five times that time because it's more difficult for you. Then your few texts will be done in three days.
2. You know your topic!
Almost everyone forgets that: You are well versed in your subject. I always say to my customers: “If I call you at this minute and say, 'Hey, you're a specialist in [communication / anatomy / dog training / graphics or or or] please give me a tip about ... / what I do do sensibly in this situation? ', then each of you can immediately help me in your area of expertise.
None of you will say: "Uh, now I have to think for five hours about what is best to do in this situation!" Of course not! Because you know and know your subject. If you can do that, you can "pour" it from your head onto paper.
Those who cannot do that are not good at their job or write on a topic that they are not familiar with. But then that's a completely different problem!
Incidentally, this also applies to everyone who writes for others: Because it is your job to ask for the relevant information so that you can write a good text. If you don't do this, or if you only do so while you are writing, then writing quickly may not work either. Because then you write in the blue. We'll get to that in a moment.
3. You stay focused on what you are doing.
Very few of us have large, relaxed islands of time available for writing. Often a blog text is created on the side or you start with a specialist article, then the phone rings, then you have to send an offer, then it's time for lunch ... that's the stuff that chewing gum writing processes are made of.
- Anyone who gives 10 minutes of concentrated concentration for the conception knows what he is writing.
- Whoever chops down the first draft of the text in one go is almost done.
- Then a little distance and with a fresh eye go over it again for fine tuning.
Of course, there is an important prerequisite for this!
... and that is the right choice of topic and conception. The phase that a lot of people just don't go through. The phase that people like to skip even in workshops - often accompanied by an “I know I should have designed beforehand, but I still started writing.” - It's your own fault! Because that's always a shot in the knee if you want to produce good texts faster.
What exactly is meant by concept again?
Conceiving a text means nothing else than thinking it ahead before you even write a word. "Design" mini-course
Now some say: "Bloody, I think that's stupid, everyone has their own way of approaching writing - I'm just someone who prefers to write straight away."
Yes, you can do that however you want. But if you want to write really good, multi-value texts faster and right away, which you only have to fine-tune to a minimum, then you have to think through what you are doing beforehand. - It is up to you whether you do this in the form of a (meaningful, concrete!) Mind map or draw pictures. The only important thing is: Don't write in the blue if you want to be able to write better faster.
In my workshops, I always insist that the participants try it out for every task: Just do it like that. Trust me that there will be a point in sticking to it. No wonder that the speed is set immediately and the quality of the texts increases.
But there is another reason why these specific thoughts are so important when designing:
As with all skills, you get better with practice. I now have a lead of over ten years when it comes to writing typing texts and books, and this conceptual phase runs automatically in my head. It's like driving a car: in the beginning you have to remember exactly when to switch gears and that you are looking in the rear-view mirror ... and you get completely crazy. But then it becomes flesh and blood.
For everyone who wants or has to write a lot, the ability to think conceptually and immediately recognize clear structures from it is extremely valuable. You also benefit verbally from it, because you pull your knowledge out of your head in a much more targeted manner and then also in a much more structured way.
Limiting your time, that works. But it only works if you sit down carefully ten or fifteen minutes beforehand to choose the topic wisely and draft the text. Then the first draft can flow out quickly and purposefully.
My blog Schreibnudel.de has not been updated since the end of 2020. I no longer offer writing coaching and workshops, you can hire me as an author and for ghostwriting (counselor). You can find details and my current services at gitte-haerter.de.
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