How to Shorten Your Writing Time
No matter what sort of writing you might do, being an efficient writer isn’t a bad goal. The less time you spend writing, the more time you can spend doing other things you love.
When you’re a professional writer, the less time you spend actually writing means that you make more money in the time that you do spend at the computer. Or, it can mean more time to spend on other projects and reducing the stress of an ever-growing workload.
To ensure you’re spending as little time as possible writing, here are some ways to shorten your writing time:
- Make an outline – Before you even begin to type, do your research and make an outline of what you want to say. Over time, you may find you can write without an outline, but especially for complicated pieces, an outline will give you a path to take and it will help ensure you stay on the path. Outlines are also a means of getting buy-in from your employer or client.
- Write a horrible first draft – Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Just get started. Write a horrid first draft just to get it done. Stalling because you’re worried about perfection is not going to minimize your time at your desk.
- Give yourself extra time – Funny enough, if you give yourself more time than you need for your writing, then you won’t feel rushed. For some, this might lead to procrastination, but for others, the calmer pace means you will have the energy to do better work in less time. Delivering before the deadline is always a good thing.
- Hire or team up with someone else to proof your work – Instead of spending your time editing your work, have someone else do it. The finished work will benefit by being reviewed from a different perspective.
The more efficient you are as a writer, the more you can do with your life. Like write even more, or have some time for self development.
What tactics have you found that shorten the time you spend actually writing? Please share a comment.
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