Writing at the Speed of Light.
November 1, 2012 1:04 PM Subscribe
How can I become a faster writer?
posted by dean_deen to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I got a paid internship with a marketing agency—yay! But I need to increase my writing speed. Writing has always been a painstaking process for me, and currently I can only churn out two full blog posts and the first third or half of another within a span of eight hours. My supervisor suggested that I get to a point where I can write five a day by the end of the year, so I’m trying to consider how I can speed up my process.
I realize part of my problem is trying to edit/write at the same time, so I know I definitely need to work on that. But I’m wondering what else I can do to increase my writing speed. I have three issues besides the simultaneous writing/editing problem:
1.) Conducting research in a time-efficient manner. The other day, for example, I was writing about the best events to attend in Client X’s city during the holiday season. Sometimes I would choose an event to write about, look up additional information regarding that event and then find out that for whatever reason that event would not be taking place this year, meaning I’d just wasted precious time researching essentially useless info. Even when this doesn’t happen, it takes me awhile to find more information on an event, then choose what to write and how to phrase it in my own words. Which leads me to Issue #2…
2.) Figuring out how to phrase things in my own words and still have the writing sound good. It’s difficult for me to paraphrase writing that’s already concise into writing that’s also concise and not awkward-sounding. Sometimes I’ll unconsciously lift a word from my source material, then when I look at it again I’ll realize what I’ve done and I have to stop and fine-tune what I thought was good to go.
3.) Another thing that slows me down is culling information from multiple sources. The other day I consulted multiple websites about fun events in Client X’s city, because I figure whoever reads my blog post might just enter “Events in Client X’s City,” see that the top result lists the exact same things as my post, and know that I just re-dressed that list. This definitely slows me down, though, so should I just dismiss this concern altogether? I don’t even know why this matters so much to me, because I have definitely come across two web pages with similar but differently-worded content.
Here are some things I’ve come with as potential ways to improve:
1.) Reading more and using the Internet less to improve my
focus/become a faster reader/brush up on my turns of phrase so I have a bigger mental word bank
2.) Working to increase my typing speed
3.) Looking at similar writing to get ideas on different ways to write about these things so I’m not stuck trying to figure out how to write about them.
4.) Randomly picking out sentences and thinking of different ways to re-word them
Do you have any other suggestions or advice for me?