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How To Write Articles Fast

Updated on September 10, 2009
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speed bee by YOdesigner, sxc.hu

We all have to finish writing our articles as fast as possible. Because there are so many other more important things waiting for us to do like watching sports on television, going out for a beer with the guys, and just lazing around doing nothing, we just can't spend the whole day writing articles. And the wife will remind us that there are other things to be done like mowing the lawn, fixing the leaky faucet and taking out the trash. So, to give you poor overworked guys a break, I have prepared a list of hints on how you write your articles faster without sacrificing the quality.

Think About It First

Don't you just go sit down and write. It is best to come up with a draft first. My suggestion would be to come up with the draft a few days before you plan to write your article. No need to spend a lot of time, just a few minutes will do. That will start your unconscious mind thinking about it and by the time you sit down to write, the words will flow effortlessly.

Have A Deadline

I don't know about you, but I always seem to finish a project just before the deadline is due. It seems that the time I need to finish a project always increases to fill the time available. Something like never having enough money, because however much money you have, you always seem to find a way to spend it.

So, by giving yourself a deadline, you set a limit to the time available to complete your article. But do be reasonable and don't set too tight a deadline or you will be doing mediocre work.

Practice, Practice, Practice

I know you are sick of hearing it but I'm going to say it anyway, "Practice makes perfect." Someday in the far future, you might be able to just chip in any ability that you want, or download it into your brain like in The Matrix, but for now, practice is the only way you are going to get good at writing articles fast.

Don't Be A Perfectionist

Your article doesn't have to be perfect. But that does not give you an excuse to write a bad article. You just have to keep in mind that there has to be a balance between a well written article that is finished comparatively fast, and a perfect article that takes forever to write.

Read Other Similar Articles

You can get a good start by reading articles on the topic that you want to write. It's always much easier to have some examples than to start completely from scratch. And when you are ready to write, sit down and write an article that is totally you, and not bits and pieces borrowed from the articles that you have read.

Conclusion

If your article writing speed is not as fast as you would like it to be, the tips above will certainly be useful. I can recall a time when it would take me days to write a single article, and nowadays, I can finish one within one or two hours. And the tips above have certainly helped me achieve this.

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    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Jon, sounds like a good plan to me. And 64 words per minute is plenty, I probably could manage just 30 or so words per minute. :(

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      Jon Sterling 

      8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      I find that keeping a legal pad next to the keyboard, and writing down the title, and three key points help build the article much faster...now if I could go from 64 words per minute to over one hundred words per minute with my typing skills.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      Me too, allie8020. But I have found that the more you write, the faster and easier it gets - and the quality gets better too. :)

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      Allie Mendoza 

      8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Thanks for the tips, Wandererh! I'm definitely a sloooow writer and could benefit from writing much faster. :)Allie

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      8 years ago from Singapore

      You are welcome, ripplemaker. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sometimes I just write what's on my head and come back to it later. :) Thanks for the tips.

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      9 years ago from Singapore

      Ain't everyday I get called creative. You just put a big smile on my face. Thanks! :)

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      shibashake 

      9 years ago

      Btw. I really liked what you did with the image credits for the bee. Very creative using the HP components :)

    • wandererh profile imageAUTHOR

      David Lim 

      9 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks! Stewing over an idea really does help. When you do that, I think your mind is already putting together the words, so it is just a matter of putting it on paper. :)

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      shibashake 

      9 years ago

      Some great tips. I am definitely not a fast writer, but you are definitely right that stewing over the idea beforehand, helps with the writing later on and can also get you motivated to write.

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