How to write faster: 6.5 tips

From Total Annarchy by Ann Handley here are some great and unusual writing tips that can help you move faster through the writing cycle, at 6½ Ways to Write Faster:

  1. Start with pen + paper. Writing is slower than typing. That’s why this tip works. I used to do this. I couldn’t write without a handwritten rough draft. After decades of trying, I’m able to skip that step now. But I still go back to the pen and paper method for especially challenging project.
  2. Stop trying so hard. It’s okay to write something incomplete or half-baked. As long as you go back later and fix it. It’s so much better to make progress than to try
  3. Ahoy, procrastinators. This is for you. Just getting started is often the hardest thing about writing. Find ways to beat the urge to put writing off. Anne recommends the Pomodoro Technique. I use self-recrimination. Brutal, but usually effective.
  4. Build a tiny house studio. Create a space (whether a small building out back, a corner of a room, even a coffee place that you like to be in) that you like and is dedicated to writing. Make it your special place for writing — and nothing else.
  5. Shorten your sentences. Short sentences are not only easier to read, they’re easier to write. One idea per sentence. Keep going. If you need to add more, do so later.
  6. OK, let’s talk about AI. AI is not a miracle tool that will save you the agony of writing, but it can help. Here are two things Ann does: 1. Ask your favorite AI tool to tell you what’s missing from your piece. 2. Add scholarly research that supports your ideas. (You’ll need a paid version of ChatGPT for this.)

I love #6½: Use AI for the first draft. Then toss it out. Sometimes seeing a first draft that’s “off” in the way AI so often is can getting your creativity really going. Give this one a try!


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