If you’re a freelance writer or blogger, online writing is something you know you’re good at and I’m sure you’re confident about it, right? And even it you aren’t, when you work at it every day, your confidence will grow as your writing skills progress.
If you have clients, then I’m sure they are satisfied with your work, or else they wouldn’t have hired you or kept you on a long-term basis, right?
I’m also sure you regularly update your blog(s), and when I say regularly, that’s whatever time frame you tend to update. For me, it’s every week to two weeks, but for others it may be 1x/month or every 5 days.
You may even update your social media accounts and practice soft marketing strategies because you don’t want to rely on only one source of income.
Being a freelance writer has many responsibilities and as you grow into your groove, you learn what it takes in order to benefit your business.
So, if you want to get more clients, earn more money and make them eager to continue working with you, then it might be a good time to assess your writing skills and see if you can adjust them to make it faster.
When I say writing faster, I don’t mean sacrificing your great content in hopes of getting more clients.
For some reason, I don’t see writing faster and producing poor content as mutually exclusive, but I know you’re probably thinking, if I’m writing faster, will I still be able to produce memorable and awesome content?
The answer is, Yes.
Writing faster will only help you produce even better content than before. It will make your writing flow better, read better, and relate better.
You will be able to devote more time to researching, reading up on your topic and even have time to read freelance writing tips like this one here!
Using these tips will definitely get you more clients, but soft marketing your brand will create even more business for you.
If you are new to freelance writing, one of the best tips I could offer is to elevate your brand by using soft marketing strategies.
This is an indirect way to market yourself and make sure you are still relevant to potential clients. Soft marketing might mean you,
- Write an ebook and offer it free to your readers
- Start an email list to grow your following
- Promote old posts on all your social networks
- Provide a free newsletter to anyone interested
- Update your social media accounts regularly
- Guest Post
- Comment on other blogs
- Create a content upgrade (like the one I have below this list)
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I won’t go into too much detail about indirect marketing here, but I just wanted to let you know that it’s another tool you can use to create more business.
Okay, so you know writing faster will get you more clients, but can you earn more? Yup, the faster you write, the more you’re worth per hour. Linda Formichelli wrote on Copyblogger that she earns $250 an hour.
How does she do it? By typing wickedly fast (when I grow up I want to be Linda Formichelli).
Maybe You’re Like Me When it Comes to Writing
I know that writing every day will improve my writing skills, but I’ve learned since starting my freelance writing career, that it’s my writing process that was slowing me down.
It would take me days just to think of a topic to write on my blog and then I would spend hours (indirectly, while tending to my children) thinking about subheadings and points I’d want to include.
I would also, once my post was done, scour creative commons photos for just the right photo and edit it to add my own personal touch.
Do you see any problems with my process? Most of my process was in my head. I thought about my blog post idea all day and never wrote anything down.
When it came time for me to type, I would have to spend time thinking about my blog post topic again, and end up writing it down.
I decided to change my writing process and adopted these 7 key strategies to write faster.
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You may already have an awesome writing process, but if you don’t, I can guarantee you that these tips will result in faster writing.
You will be able to write more in a day in less time and earn more money and more clients when you use these 7 ways to write faster.
Let’s find out what they are.
1. Plan it Out – On Paper
I learned that just thinking about my blog post idea all day, didn’t result in faster writing. I still had to write my blog post idea and supporting points down.
So, what I do now is, when I think of a potential topic, I first write it down.
I make an outline and make sure to include:
- A working headline. It doesn’t have to be your final headline, just an idea. For this topic, I immediately wrote X Key Ways to Write Faster. I knew I wanted to make a list, but didn’t know how many tips I could come with and I also knew my topic was going to be about writing faster online.
- My subheadings. The bulk of your post is your subheadings and supporting paragraphs. Again, my subheadings are all just ideas at this time. I wanted to get a basic skeleton of my post, so I thought of as many tips as I could (at first there were 4) and just wrote them down.
- Basic points I wanted to cover for each subheading. Now I don’t always do this part, only if I have the time. For this article, I only had basic points for a few of my subheadings. You may find, however, that once you start typing, those points may not flow with what you are writing and you never end up using them. That’s okay. You could always use those points on another post.
I found once I wrote a plan, I was able to sit down and type, making my writing much more fluid and easier to do.
There may be times while I’m writing, that I get stuck or can’t think of what else to write. I usually just stop and take a break.
This helps me view my work from a fresh perspective when I return, which allows me to write better and faster.
2. Make a Routine Out of Writing
I don’t know about you, but I find that when I have a routine around my writing, I can focus better, which makes my writing flow out a lot faster.
Before I write anything, I usually do the following:
- Make sure my water bottle is full.
- Put my favorite slippers on, since the hardwood floors are chilly this time of year.
- Put my hair in a pony tail. I can type faster when I’m not bothered every few minutes by my hair getting in front of my eyes.
- Clean my glasses. I seem to have smudges on them all time. My children are probably the culprits.
Do you have a routine you do before you start to write? Do you have a favorite place you like to write? If you do, let me know in the comments!
3. Clear Out All Distractions
I know for some freelance writers, having the TV on in the background or your children’s chattering floating by while you write doesn’t stop your flow.
For me, however, any other sound other than the tap, tap, tap of my keyboard, and all focus goes away.
This why I mostly write when my children are sleeping or out of the house.
I also make sure that when I write, all my little alerts on my computer like my email and calendar alerts are muted.
Nothing bothers me more than seeing a small window at the corner of my screen prompting me that I have a new message.
While making sure my house and laptop are quiet and free of distractions, I also have to keep my desk and room organized and clean. I am a big believer of a clean house gives you a clean mind.
Maybe you have your desk littered with old receipts, magazines or extra pens.
Having these items on your desk could be stopping you from clearing your mind to focus on your writing process. So spend a few minutes a day, cleaning up your space and see if you don’t end up writing faster.
4. Find Your Writing Place
Some writers enjoy writing at a coffee shop or public place. They might get inspired by the people coming in and out for coffee and this fuels them to write.
For me, I need to write at my desk, on my computer. I can’t write on the couch or at the kitchen table. I find I need the structure of my desk and the environment to inspire me to write.
Anywhere else doesn’t seem like a work environment, and if I want to write, I need it to be as if I’m going to work.
You might not have a place of your own to write and must resort to the kitchen or living room. As long as it works for you and you are able to write quickly and with ease, then don’t change.
But, if you think that where you’re writing could be affecting how fast you can write, then maybe switch it up. Put a desk in the living room and see if that helps.
Maybe convert a hall closet into your office.
5. Just Write
… and don’t edit while you write. I know this is hard for some (like me), but I can promise you that if you just write and not stop for any misspellings or wrong words, you will end up writing faster and better.
In the past, I was always thinking,
- “What’s another word I could use instead of…?”
- “What’s a better way to say…?”
- “Didn’t I just read about this on another blog? Let me check”
- “Let me fix this misspelling”
Do you often think like this as well? I still do, but now I just don’t always pay attention to my thoughts. I’m getting better at just writing it all out and fixing any mistakes at a different time. This definitely makes me type faster.
So next time you want to check a source, add a link or fix that spelling mistake, don’t.
Just write and forget about everything else. Write and write and then write some more.
The less you edit your work as you go, the better chance you have of completing your thoughts and generating good flow.
6. Fuel Your Writing With Passion
Do you remember the last time you wrote about something you were excited and passionate about? Maybe it was something in your niche or something that was dear to your heart.
Whatever the topic was, your passion was able to fuel you to write incredible content fast.
I know it can be hard being passionate about some of your clients’ topics.
For instance, it might be difficult to find some enthusiasm in plumbing equipment or medical information on different heart medications.
But let’s break this down and see if we can try to find some passion to write about plumbing equipment and heart medications.
I’m also going to let you in on a little secret I recently found out (it’s empathy).
Plumbing usually involves a problem, change or re-model, but if you can empathize with your target audience, then I’m sure you can find some relatable content to make you passionate about it.
Maybe you’ve read some comments on various plumbing blogs and notice a common thread, that there is financial hardship when it comes to unexpected plumbing problems.
You can then get in the mindset of people who are faced with unexpected costs and write how various plumbing equipment could be installed as a DIY project.
This can help alleviate their plumbing problems while doing it at a reasonable cost that won’t overburden their finances.
Medical Information on Different Heart Medications
Let’s use empathizing again to turn an uninspiring topic into something full of passion that will register with your client’s audience.
With heart medications you might realize that once patients take them, their lives improve tremendously.
They can go back to being themselves and not have to worry about any complications their heart may cause them.
When you write about medical information on different heart medications, you might include a Second Chance section where you write about how heart medications can give a person a new outlook on their lives.
If you practice empathy while you write, you can find passion, or at least a new perspective that gives you a bit of enthusiasm, in just about anything.
And when you can find passion in just about anything, clients will be coming to you for your services.
7. Get Into Your Writing Rhythm
I’ve mentioned your writing rhythm in some of my other tips because it’s very important in helping writers write faster. Once you get into your own writing rhythm, nothing gets in the way of great writing.
It may only happen a few times, but if you can figure out when that happened, then you can tap into that whenever you want.
It might be an environmental situation that helps you get into the rhythm of writing. Maybe you need a clean space or you need the window open to get into the zone.
It might be a good night’s rest that’s given you all the energy, enthusiasm, spark and interest in writing. You find that when you sit down, writing becomes effortless and quick.
Over time, you will learn how to get into your writing zone and use that to help you write faster and better.
For me, I find that I can get in the writing zone when I have an outline of what I’m writing, have all the information available before I write, and a quiet room to work in.
When I can accomplish all this, I find that a 2000 word blog post only takes me less than an hour and a half. Of course that doesn’t count the next phase of writing, the editing.
Editing can take hours or days, depending on the length of the your writing, amount of mistakes and structure of your article or blog post.
This is where you take your time and not rush into polishing up your work.
Writing faster can open the door to new business opportunities with the possibility of creating financial security.
When you can pump out quality posts in half the time as other freelance writers, you can dedicate additional time to getting more gigs and perfecting your pitch.
Practice Makes Perfect
I’ve recently adopted all these tips to make my writing faster, and it’s working. It’s helped me become more confident in my ability to produce quality writing quickly.
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Of course, when you practice writing, it will help improve how you write and how long it takes to write it.
If you’re new to freelance writing, all you have to really do is to just write! Write daily and read blog posts!
What have you found to be the most effective in writing faster? How has writing faster improved your career? Please share your thoughts in the comments.