Speed writing. It seems to be the order of the day for professional bloggers and freelancers in a need-it-yesterday world of client project deadlines. Yet, even if you aren’t up against a clock or bogged down by multiple projects that turn your 40-hour, five-day week into a 60-hour, seven-day week, learning how to write an analytical essay
and how to write a little faster without compromising quality is a good—and potentially profitable—thing. Here’s how:
A few benefits of writing fast:
1. Let’s you take on additional projects, confident you won’t be overworked
2. If you charge by the project, not by the hour, you’ve just upped your hourly rate without having to confront your client
3. Frees up time for friends and family without sacrificing income
So how can you learn to write faster without compromising quality?
Write Once. Edit Twice.
Choose your topic, get rid of distractions (like phone, email, pets and people), sit down and start writing. If you make a typo, don’t stop. If your grammar is poor, don’t stop. If your thoughts are out of order, don’t stop. If the word you want doesn’t pop into your head, just type in all caps WORD WANTED and keep going. If there are names you can’t remember, type INSERT NAME, and if details need to be inserted, type DETAIL, and keep going. Don’t stop writing until you have finished your article, chapter, blog post or whatever piece of prose you’re working on.
Edit Number One is to read what you’ve written. Move content around into a logical order, fix your typos and replace your capped notes with the correct words, names and details. Figure out appropriate title and subheads. Build in the quality that your quick draft lacks. Edit Number Two is to read it out loud—not “to” anyone, just read it out loud. By doing so, you’ll hear yourself stumble over a clunky sentence that needs a little more tweaking, and you’ll notice if you dropped an “a” “the” or “and” along the way.
By writing your entire piece first, your mind can focus on a single task instead of experiencing anxiety and frustration by trying to balance writing, editing and proofing at the same time—three tasks that require very different mindsets. Although it may take a little while to feel comfortable with this practice, remember that “practice makes perfect” – eventually you’ll find yourself writing better and faster. And that paves the way for all the perks of having extra time on your hands for more work—or more play.