One Simple Tip to Faster Writing

One Simple Tip to Faster Writing

One Simple Tip to Faster Writing
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One Simple Tip to Faster Writing

Want a simple tip for faster writing? Are you using the right writing method to fit your specific needs? One of the ways you can improve the speed of your writing is to use the method that works the best for you.

Do you write on a computer or do you use a pen and paper?

In the mornings for my blog writing sessions, I use a pen and paper. I do that because writing at that time of day comes more easily on paper and also because using a computer can cause me stress. I also don't allow much time for blog writing, so waiting for the computer to start wastes precious writing time. I am, by far, more productive in the early morning when I stay away from the computer or my phone. By writing on paper, I don't have to wait for the computer to start and for my word processor to open, and I don't get distracted by email or the Facebook app. I am also happier and I find it is a better way to start my day.

But what do you use? Are you using the method that works best for you? Do you get distracted easily or have computer problems (or delays) that slow down your progress? Does it take up precious writing time?

If you are experiencing these issues, you may want to consider switching to pen and paper. The obvious downside to writing by hand is that you have to type the words into your computer later.

When putting up my blog posts, I type the first draft of my article into the blog post editor and edit as I go. Sometimes I find that editing in a word processor bogs me down and keeps me from producing my best work.

To be productive, you have to do what works for you. What method allows you to get the words flowing during your writing session? If you think you would prefer speaking into a voice recorder, but you haven't tried it yet, maybe now is the time. Voice recorders are relatively inexpensive, or if you have a smartphone, you can use it to record your voice. Then you would type it into the computer or hire a transcriber.

The important thing is to find out how you can get the words to flow freely. For me, there are certain times of the day when the words flow more freely by writing with a pen on paper. Other times, I can type on the keyboard.

Which method works for you? Is it speaking into a recorder? Is it writing on paper (and with a pen or pencil?)? Or is it typing on a keyboard?

So, figure out what works for you. If you aren't sure, pick one thing and make minor tweaks as you go.

Jody Calkins
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