Great Tips for Writing More Efficiently

Bloggers: Research & Publish Faster than Ever

As a blogger, chances are you enjoy researching and writing regularly. However, you have probably felt how painful writing is on occasion – especially after a long day or a night with very little sleep.

Today’s blog post is dedicated to writing more efficiently, enabling you to do more throughout the day and getting the (somewhat) painful task out of the way in no time.

Research in Advance

Use some of your downtime to come up with basic ideas about your next blog post. It’s easy for me to grab my laptop and brainstorm blog post ideas while watching the latest Game of Thrones episode, for example.

Otherwise, use your handy smartphone and gather all necessary data from there. And trust me, this light research won’t really “defeat the purpose” of having downtime, as you can take your sweet time while enjoying your pastime activities.

You will eventually feel grateful to already have a ‘topic map’ right in front of you.

Make a Sloppy Outline

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Knowing what to write about is one thing, but this must be accompanied with something you can actually see on paper.

Write down some sloppy notes (either on your phone or computer) detailing what your blog post will consist of. A set of bullet points typically works great for this.

If you were to write an article on “Launching a new blog,” for example, your bullet points could look like this:

Register to webhost
Register domain name
Find blog theme
Add basics (social media icons, subscription box)
Implement posting strategy

Now all you have to do is expand on each of these points, making you feel less overwhelmed about the article.

Make Everything Accessible

We have a habit of getting things out of the way if we don’t have an immediate need for them.

However, I have found that leaving everything readily available does not only expedite the writing process, but also keeps me from slacking off.

When you first wake up and see your word processor open (with the previously-done research) as well as the necessary websites needed for fact-checking, you are much more likely to finish the article in record speed.

Something in your head simply encourages you to “do it now really quick and get it over with.” This works for me every time.

Keep your Introduction Short

Writing more efficiently sometimes requires sacrifice…

While many blog post introductions warrant an explanation of the subject matter, other articles really don’t need more than two or three simple sentences.

Let’s face it: The average article introduction only contains filler or otherwise obvious information (including this very article, depending on your perspective).

There, I said it.

This especially applies to “How-to” material, as your target audience already knows what they’re looking for and why they’re reading in the first place. Most people don’t need to be reminded why they’re reading “How to bake a cake” and all the benefits involved.

Gather Some Quotes

A great tip to writing more efficiently is to include the occasional quote from a credible source.

This allows you to effortlessly paste an important point or two, depending on your article’s length and purpose (refer to the ‘research’ phase previously discussed).

This is especially useful when writing news content.

Edit Later

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Do you constantly stop to correct typos while writing your blog posts? Do you delete and rephrase your sentences too much?

Stop this. Immediately.

Let the words flow in their most basic form until you have nothing more to offer. Then, and only then, go back to the beginning and start the editing process.

While most proficient bloggers already follow this tactic, newcomers may be unaware of this and end up feeling overwhelmed long before finishing the article.

Final Thoughts

How are you writing more efficiently these days? Perhaps you obey a to-do list or handle the toughest tasks first thing in the morning?

In the end, everyone has a different way of accomplishing their publishing goals. What’s yours?

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Author: Elvis Michael

Elvis Michael is an avid blogger and e-trepreneur, endlessly exploring new ideas and effective ways to inspire.

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Comments

  1. Some really good tips thanks. Actually just preparing a new post for my blog and will share it with you soon. Thanks Danny

  2. “Edit Later”…. best piece of advice in this post! The other ideas, as the writer mentions, are pretty much old hat for experienced writers and are taught in most elementary writing classes (or were way back when I was in school! ha).

    What is often not emphasized enough to newer writers is that “writing is rewriting”…. not everything that flows from your fingertips will be bathed in gold. You WILL have to proofread and edit. Writing and proofreading are two separate tasks. Proofreading and editing are closer kin, but are also different types of tasks. The experienced writer will write, let it sit, let it set, then go back to it later. That’s when you’ll see those typos and misplaced modifiers jump off the screen at you!

    So, yes, “Edit later”, fine tune, sand and varnish.

    peace,
    revel.

    • Noemi Tasarra-Twigg says:

      “The experienced writer will write, let it sit, let it set, then go back to it later.” -> Number one piece of advice I always give when it comes to editing.

      Out of curiosity, how long do you leave the piece alone before you go back to edit it? For me, depending on time constraints, overnight is optimal.

      • revel arroway says:

        Hey Noemi.

        No set time, but usually two or three days to a week. The best rewrites are those that I haven’t looked at for years. The distance in time allows me to “forget” what I’ve written and makes me able to put on my editor’s cap.

        peace,
        revel.

        • Noemi Tasarra-Twigg says:

          Two days is maximum for me, as far as I can remember. As for years – wow, I haven’t tried that!

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