Learn how to write faster, without continually stopping to edit your work, and your writing will thank you.
Really, it will.
Just pick up your pen (I’m old fashioned that way!) and start writing. Let your ideas flow without interruption. Don’t worry at this stage about sentence structure, paragraph length, or being pernickety with punctuation. Just write. Fast.
Let the words pour out onto the paper.
Fast writing improves your creativity. It helps you get more of your personality across to your reader, inject more energy into your content and gives your writing more bounce.
And bouncy writing is so much better to read.
So, here are a few tips to help you write faster, better and with more bounce:
To give your writing the best chance of success, avoid getting distracted at all costs. Close your laptop, put your mobile on mute and unplug the phone. Try to avoid getting pulled out of your creative zone.
Kill Your Internal Editor
Reread and start faffing about with pervious paragraphs at your peril. Your flow will be lost.
It’s been interrupted, silenced, squashed.
And it can often take a while to unsquash it again and get back into the same stride.
So, don’t edit as you go.
Your internal editor is a severe killer of creativity.
Making your internal editor keep it zipped will probably turn into a battle of wills. Your inner editor is bossy. She likes to have her own way. Basically, she’s a pain in the ass.
She’ll keep persisting until you either give in and edit or tell her where to go. But it takes practice and perseverance.
Switch her off, and your ideas will flow more easily, and your writing will improve.
Don’t stop until you’ve finished (or absolutely must go for a wee!). If you do, you’ll no doubt reread what you’ve written and then start to edit. And the momentum has been lost.
Of course, editing your work is a must. But write unrestricted first and then spend some serious time on the editing process.
Master how to write faster and edit slowly.
So, why not give it a go?
Minimise any distractions, grab a pen and dedicate some time to getting your ideas down on paper.
Write faster, silence your editor and just let the words come. In my experience, you’ll improve your creativity, your writing and your productivity.
Of course, we’re all different, and what works for one person may not work for another. But learning to focus your attention with fast writing — and not being stifled by your internal editor — might help you improve your writing.