I probably learned to write fast when I was writing classified ads and sales letters for my father while I also raised kids and sold real estate. Although I love taking lots of time writing and digging deeply into my soul, my truth is that kind of writing doesn’t happen for me too often.
Along came blogging and I was almost in heaven. Add twitter.com with it’s original limit of 140 characters and I’m delighted. I can throw down thoughts, ideas, give instruction, and answer questions in fairly short order.
I know I do this, but I’ve never broken it down into steps. But Darren Rowse of ProBlogger found Alisa Bowman who did in an article called How To Write Fast. It’s excellent.
Why Write Fast?
I can hear some of you beginning to mutter, “but I love taking time over every word, phrase, sentence and paragraph… I owe it to my readers to take my time… It doesn’t seem right to write fast…”
I know, truly I do, but there are some very good reasons to write fast including:
- Life isn’t supposed to be all about work.
- Writing fast is the best way, IMO, to draft material of any sort. Once drafted, even a shitty rough draft, you actually have something to work with and can begin the rewriting and editing process.
- Writing fast helps to breaks up writer’s block.
- Writing fast helps you keep deadlines. Editors love writers who consistently make deadlines.
- Writing fast clears you mind and thinking so you know what’s next, even if it’s more writing.
How to learn to write fast
Study Darren’s article on the subject above. Then it’s a matter of practice. Really.
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