How to Write Fast

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Writing is slow when you can’t see where you are headed.
Writing is slow when you have too many choices and variations.
Writing is slow when you are tired or stressed.

Know yourself!


Describe your unique characteristics, for example:

  • I need deadlines, or nothing happens have warm up disease (although I am getting better)
  • I frequently mistype 2-letter words and leave the “s” off of singular verbs
  • I’m much better off in the long-run if I spend time getting the lead right
  • I have “get ready to write” traditions
  • I write best mid-day
  • I can get on multi-hour rolls


Before you write

  • Come up with a system for saving stuff you might use
  • Sort and label as best you can as you go
  • Use an editorial calendar
  • Mindmap, or sketch, or outline


As you write

  • Get comfortable
  • Do it alone
  • Picture who you are writing it for in your mind
  • Find your hooks as fast as possible
  • Set a timer
  • “Write drunk, edit sober” – Ernest Hemingway
  • Know where to find your creative genie


After you write

  • Prune all your random stuff back down in support of the hook
  • Cut it out, but don’t throw it away. Save it in a “Cut From” file
  • We all write garbage. Get to know what yours looks like
  • Read it out loud and correct it as you talk
  • Save polishing for last (except for maybe the lead)
  • Stop tweaking. Publish!


More ways to write faster

  • Repurpose in and out of your evergreen (i.e., always relevant) content
  • Recharge that cut content into something else
  • You don’t need THAT much research