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How To Write Faster Blog Posts

How To Write FasterFor me, writing blog posts has always been a pain. As even though I love writing, expressing my thoughts and putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), it takes too long!

Like many people, I go on uncontrollable rants that seem to last for hours. What seems to last for hours usually ends up being 1000-3000 words of useless content… And even if it’s great stuff – I know my readers still won’t read it since let’s face it; who has time to read 3000 words of unstructured blog content?

…Not many people!

Over the years I’ve got a lot better at writing and if I go through the steps I’m about to outline – I can usually crank out 1 high quality 750 word article in around 15 minutes. So here are 6 steps to help you improve the speed and quality of your writing:

1. Keep A List

If you ask any of the top inventors, writers, bloggers or producers when they thought of their amazing idea; I bet 90% of them would tell you it was totally unexpected. Or that it just came to them while taking a stroll in the park. It’s quite hard to come up with more than 10 great ideas on the spot.

Instead try subconsciously thinking about blog post ideas in the back of your head while you’re out. All of my great ideas come to me OUT of the office. Whether I’m in bed, taking a walk or having a drink at a bar; they don’t come when I expect them to. So remember to jot down any ideas AS YOU COME ACROSS them.

2. Checkout Related Articles/Blog Posts (5-10 minutes)

Unless you’re an expert on the subject, you absolutely must read a few similar articles/blog posts. If you wanted to write a post on social media, but don’t know much about it… You CANNOT bullshit your way through an entire blog post. Many people make the mistake of talking through their asses and they always get caught.

Instead spend 5-10 minutes reading or scanning through a few related articles/posts.

3. Plan Before You Start Writing

Always plan out your whole post before you start writing. Generally my plans look like this and I do them inside my WordPress admin:

  • Title
  • Intro
  • Point 1 (brief description of the point)
  • Point 2
  • Point 3 etc
  • Conclusion

For example, the plan I used for writing this post was:

Title: How To Write Faster Blog Posts

Intro: Talk about how difficult writing blog posts are and how I never used to write them because they consumed too much of my time.

  • Keep A List
  • Checkout Other Articles
  • Plan
  • Close Distractions
  • Write
  • Edit
  • Publish

That’s about it for a blog post plan. If you don’t know much about the subject, you should expand on the bulletpoints/points, introduction and conclusion.

4. Get Rid Of Distractions

This was the hardest one for me to do. Living in a house where there’s usually lots going on – it’s hard for me to get rid of distractions all together. But seriously, just do it and you’ll feel great once you’ve written a high quality post in less than 25 minutes. This means closing all tabs like email, Skype, Facebook and any other websites that have nothing to do with the post. Not just online though – turn off the TV and any offline distractions with the exception of some music.

5. Write

Now that you’ve got an idea, done your research, got a plan and got rid of all distractions, you can begin writing. All you have to do is expand on your plan – that’s it. If you read enough information from other websites and blogs, you should know exactly what to write. This is the part where you get really creative so be fun, cool, interesting and well – creative. Don’t be afraid to try new things and most importantly – don’t read back any sentences you write unless you completely forgot what they were. No editing!

6. Edit + Final Touches

This is actually the step I despise. I hate editing, especially my own writing. I gain no satisfaction from pointing out errors in my own writing. BUT – you absolutely must read youe post from top to bottom correcting every error along the way. By the time you get to the bottom, you can make the final touches like adding a few images and or videos.

7. Hit Publish

That’s it, my simple 7 step process for pumping out high quality blog posts in under 30 minutes. I usually do them in about 25 minutes – but that’s just me. Hit publish and start promoting your new post!

In Prosperity,

David Wood

P.S. Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below and opt-in to the list on the right for more cool blogging tips, tricks & secrets.

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20 comments
perrythegift
perrythegift

Now I consider myself a non-writer but I see how those few tips can help my blogging whether it be text, audio or video. Good Stuff!

kensherman902
kensherman902

My favorite parts are  5. Write and 6. Edit...

#5 says...don’t read back any sentences you write unless you completely forgot what they were. No editing!

6. Edit + Final Touches

This is actually the step I despise. I hate editing, especially my own writing. I gain no satisfaction from pointing out errors in my own writing. BUT – you absolutely must read youe post from top to bottom correcting every error along the way...


No editing vs. editing: I don't know if Dave did that on purpose or not but the part in #6 where you must read "youe" post instead of your post for any errors was hilarious. :D P.S.  I almost misspelled instead as "instaed" from laughing at it. Dave is cool. :)  Oh and this comment has been edited. X')

SToTim
SToTim

Thanks Dave, I know you since a year or so - but 1. I've just startet in the Empower Network this year and 2. through reading blog posts like this and watching your videos, I KNOW that you are a good person with a great Vision.

Hope we can see us each other some day - will also try to contact you personally later, have an idea that would make the whole EN even more awesome.

All the best from Germany

Greatim

sgerveh2
sgerveh2

I,m interesting the way your writing is like direct conversation..

Salwar Kameez
Salwar Kameez

I always was interested in this subject and still am, thanks for posting.

roger_moore
roger_moore

If we double ace and show people how it works is easy to succeed online. It is so double ...Thanks a lot David!

D M Plant
D M Plant

Today i read this post and i really happy after to read this post because it is very great tips for me. Such a great work in this post.........

Ronald JeanToussaint
Ronald JeanToussaint

Very good, i was looking for a way to be more productive in my blog, We really need a plan!

TyronneRatcliff
TyronneRatcliff

Great post Dave, I was always taught that if you can't come up with any good ideas to drink a big glass of cold water, I guess they say its suppose to oxygenate the brain and make you think more clearly, going out for a brisk walk usually does the trick as well. 

Lora
Lora

Good information, I am printing this to get ideas.

zen_samantha
zen_samantha

Hi Dave, Excellent blog post.  Checking out your site for overall ideas about blogging lifestyle.  Thank you for always being entertaining and making this network marketing platform cool, interesting and fun.  

PeachyMaeDelamerced
PeachyMaeDelamerced

I'm trying my best not to spend all day doing one blog(pitiful!) till I eventually learned how to cut some time to get it done in a much shorter time.  I spend time with my research though since internet marketing is new to me, but other than than, I just blog my way.  I'm glad 'researching" is in your list or else I'd think that i'm doing something not right again.  Awesome advice Dave!  Thanks!

Dennis Morstad
Dennis Morstad

Thanks for sharing, David... I have often wondered who made up the top ten list... am looking for EN to crack the top 10 someday.

Debbie Pruitt
Debbie Pruitt

Wow. David, I appreciate you so much, you are a wealth of knowledge and dare I say wisdom. I just joined EN a couple of weeks ago, as a newbie pretty much, & I am so thrilled to be a part of this awesome experience. But, what takes you 25 min. takes me about 2 hours. I know it won't always be like that, cuz I am working my butt off to learn learn learn & apply. Thanks for all you do!

Ojo olusegun
Ojo olusegun

You rock my man,this is really a great stuff for a newbie that hate writing like me,thanks a million you are indeed an EVIL GENIUS lol!!!

Robert Mercado
Robert Mercado

Its hilarious Dave because when you speak about editing and how you hate it...you actually had a typo there...You may have done that on purpose lol. Made me lmao but really great message otherwise. I really loved it! Thanks :)

Robert Mercado
Robert Mercado

Its hilarious Dave because when you speak about editing and how you hate it...you actually had a typo there...You may have done that on purpose lol. Made me lmao but really great message otherwise. I really loved it! Thanks :)

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