5 Ways to Write Anything Fast

If you are as pressed for time as I am, writing fast becomes a necessity. When I sit down to write, I’ve got to churn out copy as quickly as I can. How do I make that happen–and how can you do the same? Here are a few tried and true methods I use.

  1. Lose the Inner Critic. Don’t do any editing, correcting or changing while you write. Consider this a first draft and let it be bad (or good). Whenever the voice of your Inner Critic tells you to go back and fix something, tell it to shut up, take a hike or go find someone else to bother for a while.
  2. Don’t stop for research. That means no using the Internet, no looking up quotations, no searching for information, no using spellcheck or Dictionary.com. If you find you need a piece of research as you write, leave a blank space with a little note about what belongs in that spot and keep writing. You can come back later and fill in the gap.
  3. Write fast. Force yourself not to sit and think too long without your fingers moving across the keyboard. Simply write fast. Get as many words done in 30 minutes, for example, as possible.
  4. Write like you talk. It’s not true that we write like we talk. Grammar dictates that we must sometimes write differently. However, to write fast, simply write as if you were talking to your best friend. Don’t worry about grammar. Write in the first person and address the reader as “you.”
  5. Use a timed-writing exercise. I sometimes call this “cooking your writing.” Get an egg timer or any type of timer that can be set for short intervals, like 10 or 15 minutes. Set the timer and then write in short bursts. Give yourself a short break in between and then start again. Do this four or five times using the other four tips and you’ll be writing at lightening speed.
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Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers and bloggers to create published products and careers as authors. Additionally, she helps her clients and readers achieve their potential, fulfill their purpose and make a positive and meaningful difference with their words. She is the author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers, all published by Writer’s Digest Books. As a hybrid author, she also has published 17 books independently. She is a nonfiction book editor and doctor, proposal consultant, and an Author Coach and Trainer as well as a Book and Blog Coach. Some of her clients have sold 320,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. Nina also is an award winning blogger and journalist, international speaker and founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. Also a Certified High Performance Coach, Nina strives to help creative people Achieve More Inspired Results personally and professionally.

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