As content creators, we have this burning desire to create more content–faster. If we can learn any new tweaks to our writing process to save time or improve quality without impacting speed we're all in.
In this guide, I will give you practical writing tips to write fast -- and introduce you to a process using the amazing Frase tool that will feel like you've been gifted with writing superpowers.
- 1 First, realize it's not mystical voodoo magic.
- 2 Get the distractions away from you.
- 3 Know what you're going to write about
- 4 Use Frase.io for the research you need
- 5 Outline the major points you want to hit
- 6 Use Frase to make sure you don't miss important sub-topics.
- 7 Write the content of each section.
- 8 Use Frase to polish and fill content gaps.
- 9 Use Grammarly to edit and fix.
- 10 Publish your new masterpiece.
- 11 Final thoughts about quality and speed.
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First, realize it's not mystical voodoo magic.
If you search Google for how to write articles faster, you're going to get all sorts of ideas that will give you a headache. Things like "maximize your flow" or "craft a mission statement." What does that even mean?
Other advice will be to go into keyword research tools and craft sub-topics to the sub-topics and on and on. Or Google the sub-topics to find more questions, etc...
Honestly, these can give you some useful information, but they also steal precious time. I'd say these techniques are the 80% giving you 20% of the outcome -- aka, a waste of time.
I do like Lifehack's advice "write until your fingers hurt." 😊 (I wish they didn't have so many ads on their site, I apologize).
And Neil Patel discussing timed intervals is a gem too: "Similarly, if you restrict the time that you have to write an article to three hours, it's more likely that you'll complete it within that time. The trick is to block time out of your day to focus on writing."
Get the distractions away from you.
First thing's first. Put the phone away (screen down), the iPad, too (unless you're writing on it) close extra browser windows and tabs. Turn down the TV.
Whatever is around you that could interrupt you in the tiniest way needs to be dealt with. Any distraction will slow your writing.
Maybe even go so far as having the discipline to turn off the notifications in your social media apps like Facebook and Twitter.
Within reason, of course, and what distracts one person may not distract another. You know you -- if you need total silence, find it. If you need rock music on loop, do it.
Put yourself in a situation where you can sit and write without breaking your concentration too often.
Know what you're going to write about
This probably sounds obvious to you. To write rapidly, you need to know what you'll write about (and it helps if you genuinely understand the topic). But sometimes, even the best of us have a lull in productivity.
You could use this technique I've discussed in the brainstorming phase to have a pile of article ideas ready any time you need it. That way, when you sit down to write, you don't waste time brainstorming the topic. You can grab one from your list and be off to the writing races.
Form a habit and passion for writing.
This won't happen immediately for most of us. In fact, at first, you'll likely feel all sorts of resistance. You'll make excuses to not write. You'll leave progress to chance and that nagging feeling knowing you need to publish new blog posts creeps up on you.
If you can muster the discipline, the skill it takes to overcome this beast -- in time, you'll grow more proficient. You'll get into the flow of writing quicker.
Take me for instance, I write 1-3 articles a day right now. I can sit down, grab a topic, and start writing immediately.
This wasn't always the case. But it does get easier, even if you don't think it will. It's like a muscle. The more you exercise it the stronger it becomes. You got this, don't question yourself. Follow the process and you'll succeed.
Alright, now you need to plug your topic (target keywords) into the magical application called Frase. This app will give you the superpowers you seek. Ready?
Use Frase.io for the research you need
Frase.io is an AI tool that will take the keywords you're targeting for your article and bring carefully curated research to your fingertips. Yes, the research comes to you so that you can write.
No more Googling for content and ideas sprawled all over the internet. In the Frase editor, it sits just to the right of the screen -- always there when you need to reference something.
I recommend glancing over all the summaries and the topics to have a general understanding of what Google is looking for when someone searches for the keywords you're targeting.
Don't dwell too long here -- take a peek, then move on to the next step.
Outline the major points you want to hit
To work fast, you need to be ready for what you'll write as you move through your article. This means an outline. Think about all the steps you want to take your reader through as they learn from you.
Create the outline to pull the reader along and act as great sub-headlines for those who will skim your article. Make each one actionable if you can and about a point you want to make.
Don't try to fill in the content here yet. Craft the useful outline first. Somewhere around 5-6 headings will usually produce a 1,200-ish word article when it's all said and done.
We'll dig in a bit more for some sub-topics next.
Use Frase to make sure you don't miss important sub-topics.
Frase to the rescue again. After you have your overall outline, take a peek at the research Frase shows you on the right again. Compare other articles to yours and the topics -- find where you can add some sub-headings within your outline.
If you can't find sub-topics to use then don't waste too much time. There's no need to brute force this -- if sub-topics don't naturally flow then move on. But don't give up too easily, sub-topics will help you write faster in the next step.
Write the content of each section.
Now it's time for the main event. Write, write, write without stopping. Any moment when your fingers aren't tapping keys is a moment you're not making progress in your writing (unless you're using dictation to speed things up). Tap, tap, tappy.
This is where you should just flow. Write what your brain comes up with based on the section of the outline you're in. Don't forget to add lead-in and lead-out sentences to make it a smoother reading experience.
Don't waste any time editing and rewording things. Just write -- pour your brain out into your article. Use the outline as a guide to keeping yourself on track as you pour more wisdom and experience out for those you seek to help.
Don't forget to be of service. You are writing for a real human being. Don't think of SEO or what Google wants. Write about what your reader needs. Frase will help you make it Google-ready later.
For now you need to keep writing until you've filled in the content between all the headings in your outline. Then we'll move on to polish it up and fill in gaps based on Frase's research.
Before we move on though, you may have noticed this process isn’t using AI for writing... well, the writing isn’t — yet. When I get the AI writing assistance guides ready I’ll update this guide.
🚀 Got a second? Because I'm curious -- as someone interested in writing quality content fast, what would you search for in Google to learn about it?
Use Frase to polish and fill content gaps.
By now, you should have essentially the rough draft of your article done. All the content between all the headings written. Now you can spend some time to focus on the gaps. This is where Frase comes into the picture again.
Don't worry about really editing just yet, Grammarly will take care of that later (or whatever app you decide to use). Use Frase's topics and research to fill in the gaps between what Google expects in top-ranking pages for the keywords you're targeting and what you wrote for your human readers.
A feature in Frase to pay particular attention to is the topic score. Essentially, it's a measure of how well you've used the keywords Google wants you to use. Your goal should be a topic score of 100% -- but in some cases, you can't reach it.
Use your best judgment. Please don't force it. If some topic words don't seem to fit with what you're writing, don't use them. Be as thorough as you can then move on.
Don't forget to explain things.
When polishing the content, make sure you're explaining things to your reader. Often when writing, we'll use words like "this" or "it" to shorten the paragraphs. While good, make sure you've at least explained what "this" and "it" are before using them.
Never assume your reader as fully understands the topic as you do (otherwise, why would they be reading it?). Complete your thoughts and make sentences flow and dance together. Grammarly will. help with this to some degree too.
Use Grammarly to edit and fix.
Alright, now it is time to edit. I like to use Grammarly here and let it fix any punctuation and spelling errors. Grammarly also has some AI rewriting capability too.
It'll offer suggestions to make your writing overall better. Let it work its magic but be careful -- sometimes it can produce weird results. Always check over things with your watchful eye.
The goal is an article free of major spelling and grammar errors, good punctuation, and yet retains that human element only a writer can infuse into their words.
Publish your new masterpiece.
Personally, this is where I'd say you're done--writing. It's where I would be done. From here, I create any graphics needed and make sure to link to resources both on and off-page. Don't forget to cite sources you draw any statistics and quotes from.
You could prepare some quotes and snippets to include social media campaigns if you'd like -- or maybe add the new article into your email sequences.
Final thoughts about quality and speed.
I wasn't going to mention this, but I want to say -- while Frase is amazing, real writing speed comes from writing about something you know something about. If you're forcing yourself to write about topics you know nothing about -- of course, it'll be slow going.
Frase will help because it brings the research to you. But please spend the time to read it over thoroughly. A quality post will draw attention and traffic.
You could write an article really fast, but if you don't add that something extra based on studying the topic with some depth, you'll end up with an article that won't likely garner much attention.
And an article that doesn't get attention, no matter how fast you write, is a waste of your time.
Good luck! ❤️+✌️
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