✍Writers: Ramp Up Productivity with These Writing Tips
Suggestions from a mega-productive content writer who writes for a living (and for fun)
Many blog and content writers want to be more productive. Nonetheless, if productivity hacks aren’t for you, and you prefer to wait for your muse to whisper in your ear when she’s good and ready, that’s fine.
This article is for those writers who, although they love writing, sometimes experience writer’s block or sit at their writing desks for hours yet, aren’t fruitful.
Some days, you may be enthusiastic about writing but don’t produce much work. So you stare at your computer, often seemingly working hard. But unfortunately, you find little to show for your effort when you look at what you’ve written.
Content creators, blog writers, and article writers often experience dissatisfaction regarding the amount of writing they manage to achieve. They are willing to get the work done but can’t seem to ramp up productivity.
If the cap fits, try my writing productivity hacks. They don’t involve using AI to write for you or rummaging through other people’s writing for inspiration. Indeed, such methods can suck all the joy out of your writing career.
Start with a clear desk
Have you ever heard of the life hack involving making your bed after jumping out of it in the morning? The idea you can benefit from a clean slate is helpful, no matter what you are about to do.
End each writing session by clearing your desk. Get rid of snack wrappers, coffee cups, used notes that are no longer relevant, and anything else that mars your desk.
Starting each writing marathon with a clear desk will bring you peace of mind; a cluttered environment, whether your bedroom, living room, or desk, will steal your positivity and make you less productive.
#Mega-tip: Leave your desk in the state you hope to find it in when you next return to writing.
Have everything you need close to hand
Do you spend excessive time looking for a pen, paperclips, or paper? It’s downright annoying when you can’t find what you need, and looking for it ruins your productivity because it spoils your positive mindset and takes time.
Doubtless, you could keep everything you’re likely to want within reach. Not shuffling around the room, upturning piles of paper, and shifting about through drawers will save you time and help you stay upbeat about writing.
Create writing goals
It’s so easy to begin writing without any goals in mind. If doing so works for you, terrific. Carry on. If it doesn’t, and doubtless that’s sometimes the case, at least have an idea about what you intend to do before settling down to write.
Your productivity will soar if you set daily writing goals and stick to them. Rather than hedge your bets and hope for the best when you write, you’ll stretch to meet your targets because you’ll want to stay on track.
Make sure your goals are doable. Otherwise, you won’t reach them, and you’ll get frustrated. Break big goals into smaller steps if necessary (tips in a moment) and tick jobs off your to-do list for added satisfaction.
#Mega-tip: There’s nothing so sweet as acknowledging your hard work with a list full of ticks.
Plan how to reach your targets
How will you reach your goals? Break them into smaller chunks. How do you do that?
You could use time as a guideline. For example, aim to write three articles in a set time and do your best to achieve your aim.
#Mega-tip: Use an alarm. You’ll anticipate it going off and work faster.
Or, you could divide tasks into similar jobs. So, don’t switch from factual work to creative work if you intend to write two well-being articles and three poems. Instead, clump articles to write in one writing session and poetry in another.
When you need inspiration, brainstorm
People sometimes suggest writer’s block doesn’t exist. I might even have considered this to be the case at some point. But the truth is, as a writer, sometimes your creative genius will rise to meet you, and at others, it will run in another direction.
Some days, my writing flows, and there’s no stopping me. Even I’m amazed by how productive I can be when my muse is enthusiastic.
But I don’t always rely on words to flow from my fingertips. I brainstorm ideas instead. For example, I might pick 10 words related to my line of writing, which is often well-being.
Then, I open my word processor and add the ten words to a list. I quickly create titles related to each word and replace the list with them. Then I type ten titles on ten new documents and am ready to write.
Another way to boost productivity regarding ideas to write about is to create a spider graph. Put inspirational words stemming from the center of the chart along spider-web-like lines and keep adding to them with whatever related words flow as you think of them. You’ll soon find plenty of writing ideas this way.
Consider using article templates
You can find article templates online, but you probably don’t need them. Instead, you can create your own. For example, after writing ten article titles on separate documents, think of related subtitles, ensuring you follow the golden rule of preparing a beginning, middle, and end summary.
The beginning section is where you introduce a topic. Here, you might mention what your articles are about, so readers know what to expect. If your article is “How to Get Your Dog to Sit,” you could explain the importance of getting your dog to sit as a way to present your article.
You might break the meat of your article into three parts:
1: “Common reasons why dogs don’t sit.”
2: “Tried and tested tools to help you train your dog to sit.”
3: “How to teach your dog to recognize the ‘sit’ command.”
The last subtitle might be “conclusion,” “to wrap it up,” or “the bottom line.” As long as it contains a summary and final remarks, you’re good to go.
A template is just an outline to help you create your article. The idea is to know what you’re about to write in general and fill in sections beneath the introduction, subtitles, and end of your work.
#Mega-tip: There’s no need to use templates unless you like them. But I can tell you from experience that your writing speed will explode if you do so.
Avoid social media and inbox checking
While writing, isn’t it tempting to peek at your inbox or social media sites? Now and then, you may think you need a break, and you might as well see if you have any messages or find an amusing comment on Twitter to make you smile.
But doing so can zap your mental energy and leave you low. Social media’s crammed with positive and negative articles, messages, and comments; you don’t know what you’ll see until you focus on its contents.
If you want to ramp up productivity and write more, don’t waste energy on negative news. Set aside time to handle mail and check social media sites and stick to it. You’ll save time and avoid getting emotionally involved in people’s rants.
Adopt free-flow writing
One of the easiest ways to boost writing productivity is to let your words stream. At first, don’t even read them as they appear on the screen or page, depending on whether you use a computer or write on paper.
#Mega-tip: Write whatever springs to mind.
Don’t worry whether your writing makes sense, flows, or sounds beautiful. The chances are your stream of consciousness will help you write in a conversational style, similar to how you speak.
It will be simple for readers to understand because you haven’t attempted to impress them with writing tricks and flowery language, which many people find a turn-off rather than impressive.
When you finish writing and the entire article or story is on the page, it’s time to edit. I recommend Grammarly or ProWritingAid if you want help to catch typos and spelling mistakes. After using them for a while, you’ll learn how to correct many writing blunders.
Also, listen to what you’ve written when you think you’ve finished editing. Windows 10 has an inbuilt reader you can use within Word documents.
If you prefer to pay for a product or haven’t access to one on your computer, you’ll find several online apps. Also, you can listen to your published Medium articles with the platform app and re-edit your writing.
#Mega-tip: Editing your work last will help you write from the heart (and brain) without constantly stopping and starting because you’re perfecting stories as you write. As a result, you’ll be far more prolific.
The benefits of being a productive writer are vast. Writing a lot helps you perfect your craft and gain experience. It boosts intuitive work, which is terrific for factual and creative writing. And it can help you reach targets and finish work rather than struggle.
Some writers prefer to write slowly, and others when their muse says something important. Both scenarios are just as valid as applying a growth mindset to the writing process.
There’s no wrong way or right way to approach your work. But if you want, or need, to ramp up productivity, give these tips a whirl.
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