Why Writing Faster is Better
The best way to increase your writing output and unleash your genius
Do you sometimes struggle to get words on the page? How often are you able to? As much as you’d like? More? Or less?
I know what it feels like to be pinched for time. I’ve worked long hours and still get up early to write every day.
Honestly, some days I’d rather stay in bed.
I don’t because I really love writing.
Want to be able to draft a blog post in an hour, or maybe even less time than that? Stay with me. I’m about to show you how to get words out in record time!
Vomit out your first draft.
I don’t mean you need to get sick over this.
It’s gonna be fun. Got an idea for a post? Write it down. Leave space to write beneath it. Set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes. Force yourself to write the whole time. If you’re using pen and paper, don’t lift your pen off the page until the time runs out. Using a keyboard? Keep typing until you hear the alarm.
We call this free writing. It’s free because:
- You’re not worried about typos
- You don’t care if you make verbal mistakes
- If you don’t know the answer to a question your thoughts raise, you can fill it in later
- There are no limits to how far you can explore your topics
- You’re working so hard to put words down, you crowd out your worries
If you chafe under rules, there is only one. Keep writing while you time yourself. You can go off topic if you get bored, but you can also rant and disagree with your own premise. Besides, who’s gonna know?
The hidden benefit of fast writing
The main thing you’re doing is bypassing your filter.
Your inner critic slows you down. It wants you to pause, reflect, and consider. It wants you to play it safe. It wishes you wouldn’t offend anybody with a coarse remark.
In other words, it wants you to sit down, be quiet, and play nice.
When you quickly pour your thoughts on the page, you get a mess — no doubt. But you also get something of immeasurable value.
Your best thoughts.
Hidden in that pile of verbal dirt is the gritty, honest, real you. Your wacky notion might be an a-ha insight in disguise. Your rant might have the edginess you need to talk with your reader without boring him to death. Your enthusiasm has the power to get him off his chair, unfold his arms, and use his hands to change the world.
Now that’s power.
You publish because you want people to read your riffs, your stories, and your insightful articles. Your first job is entertainment. If the a-ha insight isn’t wrapped in an attractive package, it’ll stay on the floor by the door.
When you bypass your critic, you engage your emotions. That adds fire to warm your words. It gives readers the sense that the writer is human, and probably a lot like them. If they could have coffee with you, you’d be at the shop three times a day, every day.
Now clean it up
Here’s where your rational, safety-minded editor comes in.
You’ll be tempted to make this process slower and more deliberate. Deliberate all you want, but if you go slow, you’re dead before you begin.
Set a time limit. How long will it take for you to go through each paragraph once?
You can chunk the process into parts so it makes more sense:
- Correct your typos
- Edit for sentence flow
- Fill in idea gaps
- Cut away the fluff
- Read it aloud
If you’re writing a blog post, think about how long it’s worth to get the response you want. Remember, it doesn’t have to be absolutely perfect. It can’t. Decide what good enough looks like and let it go.
You can write another post tomorrow.
The objective is to get finished
Time pressure may bother you.
We face time pressure all the time. The rent is due the first of every month. You have to show up for work at 8 every morning. Your date expects you to pick them up at 7.
You can’t live randomly and accomplish much.
Free writing is fun. You do set aside time for fun, don’t you? When you have space to create whatever you want, you feel like you can fly as high as Peter Pan. When you were a kid at play, you threw the limits out the window. Every day was an adventure. Discoveries were stories in the making.
Tap into that and we’ll meet the genius writer inside you.
Give your internal editor a set time frame and your writing will have an attractive edginess to it that will make you a leader in your genre.
We’re counting on you to free yourself.