How Do You Write Quality Articles When You Have Little Time?

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  1. CJ Monet profile image60
    CJ Monetposted 10 years ago

    I just published my first hub and also recently started maintaining a blog and a website. It's all new to me, and  everything takes a lot of time because I am learning new things every day. I also work full time 6 days per week.

    I am wondering if you more seasoned writers can suggest tips on how to write faster while still maintaining the quality of my work.

    1. Jean Bakula profile image92
      Jean Bakulaposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Honestly I don't think there's a way to write good quality hubs fast. We all wish there was. I spend about three or four hours writing a piece, and then it takes another two or three to post it. I don't think there's a way around it. Even then, you need to have your pictures and videos ready, and must decide if you want to put Amazon capsules on. Maybe there is a time of day or night that.makes you feel more creative or inspired? I find that I write best at night, late at night, when everyone is either asleep or at least doing something and not bothering me. The only downside is proofreading, if its too late I get tired. You can do it, just find a spot in your schedule.

      1. Simone Smith profile image89
        Simone Smithposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Jean Bakula hits the nail on the head. It's all about quality, not quantity, and there's no cutting corners. big_smile

      2. NateB11 profile image89
        NateB11posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I'm glad you made that point, Jean. It's something I've thought, also, for some time. There is sometimes talk of churning out loads of articles, and it's always been my feeling that those articles cannot have much quality to them. Like you, usually I take hours, at least, to put up an article. Anything of quality is going to take time to produce. I think that's a fact and logical.

    2. Dale Hyde profile image82
      Dale Hydeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      One way to do it is to start a Word file or NotePad file and start adding your text there.  Jot down your ideas, play with the words and such and get it all looking good over a several day period or week...something like that.  Once you have that done, spend a evening or two looking for photos you will use.  You can upload the photos here to HP and they will sit there.  To use them, once you start the hub, you just pull them from "your photos"... it is like your gallery.

      Tweak the hub for a night or two, then publish it.

      In other words, lay out a plan do create a hub over time.  I have done this.

      1. CJ Monet profile image60
        CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks,  Dale. Jotting down ideas in a word document over several days, I believe will work for me.  And you just taught me a little more about using HP. I did not know I could upload photos.

        1. Dale Hyde profile image82
          Dale Hydeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          I have been doing what I suggested myself.  I have the hub complete in notepad, now off for photo(s) that I can use.  I usually use Flickr Creative Commons, but prefer Wikimedia Creative Commons.  I always do photos last as I like to link to the source to give credit.

          The hub will build faster if you upload the photos first.  The load into the hub editor much quicker that way for some reason.

          Good luck and keep hubbing away. smile

          1. CJ Monet profile image60
            CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Dale, you've been very helpful. I have been exploring Flickr, next wikimedia. Thank you

    3. profile image0
      Joanne M Olivieriposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I always carry a pen and notebook with me wherever I go.  When a thought comes to mind, I write down then when I have time which is usually in the morning  before work, I construct the poem or article, tweak it and then publish it.  As someone already mentioned, you have to be very talented to write quickly.  I spend most of my time editing and tweaking.  Hope this helps.

      1. CJ Monet profile image60
        CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I agree  with you, Joanne. Thank you for responding, by the way. I need all the help I can get. You seen to be able to write quickly. I wish I could. Maybe with practice.

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          Joanne M Olivieriposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          I only work part time these days so I have much leisure time in which to write.   I take advantage of each free moment to write and photograph.  Once you get in the groove of writing you will be on a steady flow.

          1. CJ Monet profile image60
            CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks much, Joanne. I am hoping I can begin making money writing so I begin working part time. My goal is to quite working and write full time eventually.

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              Joanne M Olivieriposted 10 years agoin reply to this

              I would lov,e to do that as well, quit and write full time.  Keep working at it and I am sure you will accomplish your goal.

    4. Kierstin Gunsberg profile image94
      Kierstin Gunsbergposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I just started hubbing but basically, I just have an entire document full of "ideas"--articles I want to write-- that way when I have time to write, I don't have to sit wondering what I should write about. It also helps to have a folder of ready-to-go pictures.

      1. CJ Monet profile image60
        CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Kierstin, Re: Folder of ready to go pictures. Do you search for pictures whever you come up for an idea for an article? or just random picture searches?

    5. Xenonlit profile image60
      Xenonlitposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You don't have the time to write online and to make it big. So make it small!

      One thing that helps: Write when the inspiration hits and the time allows. Save it in draft. When you come back later, you can refine your work.

      Never stop learning and reading about how to write. Find something new to improve on every week. There is plenty of free,online advice about grammar, proper form and even inspiration through writing exercises.

      Organize yourself. Keep track of your various blogs, sites and writing goals. Set schedules and keep them on your calendar.

      Start to establish yourself in the social networks.They are the best free advertising in the world, but they take time and effort.  Your audiences will come from them. Twitter, Google Plus, appropriate web forums and a Facebook page are a good start. Expect to spend an hour maintaining your social networking presence for every hour spent writing. 

      Never write just to stay in production. Your readers will wait, but they won't forgive a regular stream of weak crap.

      Finally, choose one quality site that kicks your work back to you for failing to meet the standards. Those are where you really learn to write. Associated Content is an example. Doing work under killer supervision will make you a better writer.

      1. CJ Monet profile image60
        CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Have you written for associated content? Do you get paid for articles there?

    6. Krysanthe profile image92
      Krysantheposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      For me, it's not really the writing that slows me down.  I write hubs about topics I know about, have recently done, or have recently researched.  So the words come simply without much effort on my part.  That being said, my suggestion would be to write hubs about things YOU know about.  Since you are an "expert" on those topics, they should be easier and quicker for you.  The more you write, the better you become at writing.  So in time, you'll be able to stretch your limits to that topics that may be more foreign to you.

      1. Ratatoesk profile image59
        Ratatoeskposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Krysanthe, I just want to let you know that I totally agree with you. I made the very same experience. If I write on a subject I know and what I love my hands moving alone. I don´t have to think about. I just write it like I would talk about it. My personal challenge is to write it all in english because it is not my own language. This slows me a bit down. ;-)

    7. Ratatoesk profile image59
      Ratatoeskposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Hi, I guess you´re here in order to earn money. Am I right? For earning money it is not necessary to do all the work that has to be done on your own. You can easily outsource what needs to be done. If you have an idea for an article you can go to platforms like elance and find someone who writes a high quality article for you for a little amount of money - while you´re working at your day job. For example you will get very well written articles from India.
      Walking this path you will leverage your effort and time. You will get done more in less time. And finally you will even earn more money. :-)

      1. CJ Monet profile image60
        CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Ratatoesk, have you outsourced? I am a bit of a control freak and I want a good article since it reflects me. But it will definitely solve my problem of not having enough time... Maybe I'll try it - at least once.

    8. Marisa Wright profile image88
      Marisa Wrightposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      One question to ask is - why are you trying to write for a website and a blog and a revenue-sharing site, if you have so little time?

      You'll do much better if you focus on one thing.   Google wants "authority sites" these days so you really have to build the content on either your website or blog to be successful.  Personally, I don't see revenue-sharing sites like HubPages as viable sources of income these days.  They are good as a way to promote your blog/website and earn a bit of income at the same time, but there's no real benefit in building up a body of work on them.

  2. CJ Monet profile image60
    CJ Monetposted 10 years ago

    Jean, It's no coincidence then that you are so highly rated. Thank you for your response. I was beginning to feel a bit like I may be the only one who spends hours trying to find the right pictures, etc and then just the right way to communicate my thoughts.

    I do my best work very early in the morning before everyone is awake - and before I have to begin my day job.

    Thank you for your honesty. I will carve slots into my schedule even if it takes me a several days to complete a hub.

  3. Gail Meyers profile image65
    Gail Meyersposted 10 years ago

    Dale, those sound like some good tips.  I see people state that they take an hour to create these fabulous hubs and I think they must really be gifted.

  4. Kasman profile image78
    Kasmanposted 10 years ago

    To be honest, I can totally understand this. I work, have a side business, and I'm attempting to test my fledgling writing skills on this honestly. I put out about a hub a week and that honestly is my goal. I have to do it on my own time and I don't want to stress about it. I'm a perfectionist in some ways so it does take me a little longer because I concern myself with all the "little" details. Put your heart into it, but don't stress out, you'll see great results because of this I think.

    1. CJ Monet profile image60
      CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Aw, thanks for the encouragement. You do know what it's like to have to squeeze the time in somewhere so you can write.  Best of luck to you.

    2. Xenonlit profile image60
      Xenonlitposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Do  multiple sites. Try writing once a week at three sites (that's three times a week). is good for beginners.

      And don't compromise. Put out your best stuff or don't put it out at all.

  5. sparkleyfinger profile image87
    sparkleyfingerposted 10 years ago

    Little and often is the key. I work 40+ hours per week, and I aim to spend 15-20 mins a day writing a couple of paragraphs... This ads up to nearly 2.5 hours a week, which should produce at least 1 quality hub per week... Good luck!

  6. CJ Monet profile image60
    CJ Monetposted 10 years ago

    Your screen name makes me giggle. I will certainly remember you. smile I work 10-12 hr days myself. I will have to make a schedule so i can fit in a few words maybe if I get a seat on the train or something.

    1. sparkleyfinger profile image87
      sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I think this was a response to me? If so, thanks? And yeah, it's hard to squeeze in. I take a notebook everywhere with me... So if I have a delay waitin on a bus, or a 15 min tea break, I write a little, and type it up later. I find copying from my scribbles is easier than writing from scratch...

      1. CJ Monet profile image60
        CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Have you tried or Topclass (another hubber) says they provide summaries an a given topic so it's easier to flesh out an idea from there.

        1. sparkleyfinger profile image87
          sparkleyfingerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          Not tried them, no... I'd feel as though I was stealing someone's work!

  7. macteacher profile image81
    macteacherposted 10 years ago

    I also work full time and try to get a little writing done in between other things.  I'll write a paragraph or two on my lunch hour, or in the evening before I go to sleep.   I usually work on four or five hubs at one time.  I keep everything on a little thumb drive and pull it up when I have something I want to add to a piece. 

    I also make use of the spelling and grammar checker in MS Word, it helps avoid big mistakes.  In addition, when I'm finished writing - I copy and paste my whole article into paperrater. com - it catches any additional errors.  I learned to do this when I was writing for Textbroker to polish my mechanical skills.  Their standards are tough, but it helped to have feedback. 

    It is time very consuming, but nothing worthwhile is attainable quickly.  :-)  You'll get there, just do what you can when you can and before you know it those hubs will be writing themselves.

  8. topclass profile image60
    topclassposted 10 years ago

    One way to speed up the research is using these two sites that provide summary extracts from various sources  and

    1. CJ Monet profile image60
      CJ Monetposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Topclass, thank you. I'll try them on my next hub.

    2. Ratatoesk profile image59
      Ratatoeskposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      In my eyes, this is an excellent tip. Thank you Topclass :-)

  9. BigBlue54 profile image60
    BigBlue54posted 10 years ago

    Hi All, read CJ question and as I am also new here I hoped for some useful info, and thanks to everyone I have certainly got that. I think every post had something of note. So thanks to CJ for asking the question and thanks to everyone else for such useful answers.

  10. profile image0
    awallpostposted 10 years ago

    Choose your best topic(what you like) before starting a hub, and memorize just few important points on that topic, note it down. Then start your hub page content, the first thing you have to do is give few sentence explanation  on your topic and start your explanation on each point what you have noted on previous, the explanation is more clear to readers and some useful also.

    Once follow in this way, surely you will finish your hub within 1 hour. I hope, the preparation of content is all depends upon our selected topics and how much do we know about that topic. May this information helpful to you.

    Thanks for giving this opportunity for me.


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