Writing can be fun and enjoyable, but let’s face it. It can take you lots of time to come up with an appealing piece. When I started writing, I thought it could be easy, but no! It was tough. I would take hours and hours to come up with a thousand-word piece of writing.
As a freelance writer, you want to write faster and make more money. And to be able to do that you need proven strategies to help you improve your writing speed.
Why should you work on improving your writing speed?
I know you are asking yourself, “why do I need to increase my writing speed?” You need to write faster because;
- You will get done with your work quicker and save more time for yourself.
- You will make your client happy by delivering quality work on time and your client being happy, he/she may come back for more, and that means more gigs and ultimately more money.
- You will be able to tackle more workload in the shortest time possible hence more money in the end.
- You will create more time to market yourself, read on self-improvements, attend forums of interest to you, work on your other businesses if you have them, and so much more.
- Finally, if you are a mother like me, you will be able to find more time for your kids and family without worrying about client work.
So how do you increase your writing speed as a freelance writer without hurting the quality of your work?
First, as a newbie freelance writer, you might find it hard to write faster, and that is okay. With time and more writing, you will realize that your writing speed keeps improving. I was like you during my first month. I would research hours on end, write forever and end up doing less work every day, and that affected my productivity pretty bad.
Let’s dive in on how to write faster.
1. Plan Your writing work.
Planning is the best thing to do as a freelance writer; otherwise, you might end up doing nothing. If you plan your work and stick to it, you will be able to focus on the most important things first and others later.
Prioritize your client’s work and work on your other businesses work later. This is because your client is paying you and that is the most crucial bit for everyone writing for a living. You wouldn’t want to risk losing your client because of late delivery.
If you have a blog like me, you might want to get some of your blog’s work done. Set a specific time for your blog. Your blog is as important as your client, so you should put in efforts for it to grow and ultimately become your cash-cow.
I always schedule my blog’s work to be done on weekends. This works for me because I need to focus on my client’s work during the weekdays. Usually, I do write my blog posts on the weekend and schedule them to for publishing at a later date.
This way, I’m able to stay focused and manage my productivity.
Tools to help you plan and manage your writing schedule.
You are wondering how and what to use when planning your writing? Don’t sweat it out; I have a solution for you. And it is not your phone calendar and what a few. These are tools that will transform your planning efforts most quickly.
Ever since I started using these tools, my writing and productivity improved immensely. With these excellent tools, I’m able to write more in less time and make more money.
This software is an excellent tool that will help you stay focused and productive. It helps you plan your work and even managing your outsourced work ( If you outsource some of your work or have a group of action together with buddies and want to keep track of each one of them.)
You can set Trello to track your tasks from start to end. You can also use it to track invoices and saves you the endless reminder Emails you might have to send to your client.
Being a freelance writer means you are roaming the internet majority of the time. Whether you are looking for more writing gigs, doing research, and or marketing yourself, you can get distracted pretty easy by social media sites.
If you are the writer who gets distracted quickly, then it is time to rescue that wasted time, and RescueTime is here for you.
Before I would get online to research and the next minute, I’m on Instagram drooling over the latest fashion trends or on Facebook following the hit gossip on celebrities. And that meant more wasted time and less money.
RescueTime helps you do your first things first, and you will not get away with the “get social” temptation.
- Google Calendar.
Wondering why google calendar?. Google calendar has the task section where you can schedule your work. It helps you prioritize that which is essential and reminds you of it.
The reason why I’m telling you to use Google Calendar and not your usual calendar is that as a writer you are always on google chrome meaning you can easily access the excellent tools Google offers through chrome.
2. Research well in advance before you start writing.
Researching is an essential part of every writer. If this is not part of you as a writer, then chances are the quality of your pieces are not at par. To be able to create excellent articles and blog posts, you must do some basic research if not an in-depth analysis.
Researching will give you heads-up on what to write about and what to base your content. It will also give your readers a shred of substantial evidence that whatever is in your content is indeed actionable and can help solve their problems.
If you research and write at the same time, you will end up wasting a lot of time trying to multitask, which is not healthy for you and your work.
Researching well in advance can help you write faster. You will know way ahead of what to put at what section of your writing.
3. Bookmark relevant sources of references.
When researching, it is vital to bookmark essential sources that you think you might need when writing. I love chrome when it comes to bookmarking. The process of doing it is hassle-free, easy, and quick to do.
You will come back to your bookmarks later when writing to pick the crucial tips you want to use in your writing.
4. Use writing tools to improve your writing.
As the freelance writing business goes a notch higher, there is a need to improve on your writing.
It is vital because if writing is your lifeblood, then impressing your clients and making them happy is your ultimate goal.
The good news is that software developers are spending sleepless nights to make your life as a freelance writer super easy.
There are a million writing tools out there, but here is a list of them. I find them super awesome and can tremendously improve your writing speed and productivity overall.
This app is my number one writing tool. Grammarly tool is online writing software that checks for spelling and plagiarism in real-time.
This excellent writing tool has been in the writing business for a decade now. Ones installed Grammarly will check for grammar, spelling mistakes, and the most important of all, check for plagiarism in your writing.
The best part about this writing tool is that you can have it as an extension on chrome. This ultimately helps you improve on your writing not only on speed but accuracy too.
I love Evernote. It makes my writing impressive and enjoyable.
Evernote is an online writing tool that helps you take clips of articles, images, and web pages for your later use.
This tool comes as an extension chrome and will be active on every web page you visit. When writing, you might want to add graphics to your content for your readers to see exactly what you are talking about.
To make that realistic, you will need Evernote to take clips, and screenshots of articles and or web pages you think are relevant to your writing.
When researching, take note of important stuff, you might need like images, graphics, and or articles. Use Evernote to take screenshots and later use them while writing.
This is way better than writing, researching, screenshotting, and then adding them to your content. That’s damn tiring.
Long gone are the days when writers used Microsoft Word to write. That does not mean that Microsoft Word is no longer useful. On the contrary, it is the best, but writing on Google Documents is seamless and secure.
The reason why you should consider google docs for your writing business is that most clients prefer you send them the work in a google doc.
Using Google Docs is easy and fast. Using it as a freelance writer means;
- You will be able to use the Grammarly tool without a hassle.
- You can access your work anywhere and anytime you want it.
- You can refer to other websites without leaving Chrome.
- You will be able to access Evernote easily and fast.
- You can share your work with your client easily
- Your work syncs automatically to your google drive, meaning the most dreaded thing of losing your unsaved work on Microsoft Word will be a thing of the past.
5. Write! Write! Write.
There is a saying that goes; practice makes perfect. Well, this applies to your writing. So the more you write, the better you get. Writing consistently will improve your writing speed and accuracy in the long run.
When starting, you might realize that your writing speed is plodding. But with time, you will see changes.
Strive to write at least a thousand-word piece every single day. Make writing part and parcel of you.
If you do not have any writing work, find something to read that can improve your grammar, writing, and spelling.
6. Get enough sleep.
Too much work without good sleep will make you a dull writer, and you know what that means. As a writer, enough sleep is vital. This is because sleeping helps your mind relax and ready for more writing.
When you get enough sleep, you will be active during your work time. That means you will be able to concentrate when writing, and in the long run, you will be able to produce quality work in the shortest time possible.
To be productive as a freelance writer, you have to be disciplined, organized, and self-driven. Plan your time and account for every minute. In that case, you will be able to stay in shape (focus), make more money, and have lots of time to enjoy your hard-earned money.
Over to you, my writer friend. What have you done to increase your writing speed without compromising your writing quality? Let's discuss them in the comment section.