by Laura Brown
Originally Published May 26, 2013
Many of my clients tell me that one of their most pressing needs is getting through their writing tasks faster. We’re all in a terrific rush these days, and writing has become a critically important part of many jobs.
Here are a few tricks to help you write faster:
Use a template. If there are writing tasks you do frequently, take a few minutes to create a template that you can use over and over again. The point here is to avoid reinventing the wheel every time you write. Your template can be as simple as a paragraph outline. Refine the template as you continue to use it, to make it as efficient as possible.
Make a time for writing. Mark out a time in your day just for writing—for answering e-mails or working on any other writing tasks you’re facing. It doesn’t have to be the same time every day; it just has to be 100% dedicated to writing—no phone calls, no other interruptions. You can get a lot of writing done in 20 minutes if there are no other demands on that time.
Think before you write. It may seem counterintuitive, but taking some time to plan out what you’re going to write can save you a tremendous of time in long run. When you start writing before you know what you want to say, you often end up spending more time later reworking and rewriting your text.
Finally, get into the habit of proofreading what you’ve written. Even the most experienced writers make more mistakes when they’re working in a hurry. It may take a few seconds to proofread your work, but catching errors before they reach others can save you a lot of time in cleaning up the misunderstandings or confusion that can result from typos or muddy expression.
For customized help in getting through your writing tasks more quickly, contact me to set up a needs review and individual consultation. I look forward to helping you work more efficiently!