You want to write faster?
Are you tired of writing your texts, articles and books taking longer than an elephant pregnancy?
It takes 22 months…
And you not only want to write faster, but better?
Then this article is for you.
In this article, I’ll show you..:
how you can write 1,000 words an hour
What extremely productive authors do to write faster
How you can also write BETTER at the same time
Then let’s do it.
The three spheres to write faster:
If you want to write faster, you have to master 3 things:
The easiest part is the fingers, so I’ll start with that.
Faster Writing Trick #1:
10 is faster than 6.
What do you call a slow writer?
Because he can only type with six fingers.
Seriously, if you want to write faster, 10-finger typing is a must for you.
There are a lot of free programs that can teach you the 10-finger system.
I learned it with TIPP10.
The advantages are obvious:
You are faster…
You don’t have to look at your fingers
You can concentrate on your text and do not have to search for letters
Plus: You can impress your seat neighbours every time you don’t even look at the keyboard while typing 😉
Faster writing trick #2:
The Parkinson Law of Productivity
Dr. Suess managed to write a book with a $50 bet that sold over 8 million copies.
What kind of bet was that?
He bet that he would write a children’s book using only 50 words.
The book “Green eggs and ham” – a children’s book classic.
It was boundaries that made Dr. Suess so creative.
The sociologist Parkinson found out: A task takes as long as the time you give it.
In other words: If you have 10 hours for a task, you will need 10 hours for it.
If you have 5 hours for the same task, then you will need 5 hours for it.
Man always uses the given time window completely.
Write faster: Just give yourself less time and you’ll automatically write faster.
Therefore you should do one thing: Make the Parkinson Law work for you.
Instead of planning 3 hours for an article, just give yourself 1 hour.
And most importantly, set a timer.
When it rings, that’s delivery. It’s like an exam.
So the kick in the ass of time forces you to be creative and productive.
Boundaries are what make you creative.
Faster Writing Trick #3:
Why Jesus walked with his disciples
There is a habit that unites many great people of history:
Jesus walked with his disciples, the famous Greek philosophers walked with their disciples and even inventors regularly went out into the fresh air.
Walking clears the mind.
Walking increases the oxygen level in the body.
Walking makes you creative (this study shows this among others).
I had the best conversations of my life while walking – with friends, with my wife, with strangers.
Write faster: Studies show that walking increases creativity.
But how does it help you to write faster and better?
After an hour of walking, you should get to work immediately and start writing.
You will notice how the words just bubble out of you. You will notice how the ideas flow and how easily you write.
Give it a try.
I know it’s not a simple five-minute trick.
If you won’t listen to me, listen to the famous writer Leo Tolstoy.
He also gave this simple advice:
“Take a walk for an hour.”
Here is my video about writing faster:
Faster Writing Trick #4:
Train the writing muscle
Can you do the splits?
Very few people can.
Do you know why?
Because stretching is a slow and painful process.
And most importantly, it’s a very ungrateful process: If you haven’t stretched for a while, your muscles contract again.
And part of the previous work was then for nothing.
It’s similar with your writing muscle.
If you don’t use your creative muscle for a long time, it gets weaker. It contracts.
In English we say: “If you don’t use it. You lose it.”
This also applies to your writing muscle and your creativity.
Maya Angelou said: “You cannot use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have of it.”
But how do you train your writing muscle?
Either set yourself a time target (1 hour of writing).
Or a word target (write 500 words).
Reach this daily goal every single day and then you will not only be faster but also better.
Faster writing trick #5:
Shoot the editor
We writers are schizophrenic.
We have different people sitting in our heads:
the creative ones
the productive ones
All these people are important. Everyone has a role.
But the problem is that these people constantly obstruct each other at work.
The creative person has visions, but doesn’t put anything down on paper. The producer just wants to start writing, but the editor slows him down and corrects him constantly. And the salesperson asks himself all the time whether this will make any money at all.
The actual writing process belongs to the producer. He is responsible for putting words on paper. He makes sure you get things done.
But the editor keeps slapping him on the wrist.
Write, erase, write, erase… give up.
It’s the daily routine of many writers.
To prevent this from happening to you, there’s a simple solution: Shoot the critic. And don’t bring him back to life until you’ve finished writing.
Let the prolific writer write – even if it’s a bunch of thin shit with cream.
Only then can the editor pull out his reading glasses and red pencil.
That’s how I wrote an e-book within a few months: The Content Terminator.
Only when the book was finished did I start correcting, deleting and revising.
Faster writing Trick #6:
Chop off the octopus’s tentacle
The unproductive writers are like octopuses:
They extend their eight tentacles in all directions: Instagram, smartphone, music, research, YouTube, Wikipedia, email and WhatsApp.
Every 5 minutes there is a “little” distraction.
The problem with this: For your brain it is a huge waste of resources.
Because even if the distraction is only “short”, it takes longer for your brain to get back in.
During this change of activities the brain uses a lot of resources just for the change.
It is like stock trading. Every time you buy or sell a stock, you pay a commission to the broker. No matter how big or small the stock. Every transaction costs money.
That’s why on the stock market they say, “Back and forth makes pockets empty.”
When writing, the rule of the trade is: “Back and forth clears the mind.”
Write faster: Forget multitasking
So say goodbye forever to multitasking and the constant switching between different activities.
Be an octopus with only one tentacle that can only devote itself to one thing.
No matter how “small” the distraction.
Chop it off.
“Forget” your smartphone in the next room.
Turn off the Internet.
Use earplugs or headphones.
Quicker write trick #7:
How I write 1,000 words an hour
The people of Israel wandered through the desert for 40 years.
If they had taken the direct path, they would have arrived in about 20 days.
20 days against 40 years.
With many scribes it’s like the people of Israel: they go round in circles.
Especially with podcasts, I’m seeing more and more often that the speakers don’t worry about the structure of the episode.
Even with articles, many write “just go for it”.
Constant writing and deleting. Endless gibberish. Slow writing tempo.
The most effective (and easiest) trick to increase your production speed massively is this one:
In English: Make an outline.
Sounds banal, but will increase your writing speed significantly.
Just define two things: the beginning and the end.
The connection of these points happens almost automatically. Almost magically.
If these two points are clear for an article, you can easily write 1,000 words per hour.
But if you don’t have these two dots, you’ll wander across the blank page like the people of Israel – until your last nerve dies.
The next time you get down to work – be it video, podcast or article – define the beginning and the end.
Your readers, listeners and viewers will thank you – by not clicking away immediately.
Write faster Trick #8:
The red thread
We all know it: the red thread.
But how do you create it?
And how do you keep the thread from beginning to end?
I have a simple and effective method for this:
Write the headline first.
The headline is only one thing: a promise to the reader.
So the headline gives you a frame so that your article doesn’t get out of hand in all directions.
And at the same time it provides the red thread: All you have to do in your article is fulfill the promise in the headline.
No more – and no less.
Write faster Trick #9:
The Ctrl-C method
Writers are terrified of the blank page.
A blank page alone causes writer’s block for many.
Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “All beginnings