Three Steps to a Faster, Better Writing Process
Speeding up my writing process and doing that without losing any of the quality has really helped me be more effective with my business and speak directly to my ideal client. Today I’m going to share with you the three steps I use to create a faster, better writing process.
How It Works
I break down every writing project into three distinct processes:
- Editing and Submission
Here’s what this looks like on a typical day for me. I might sit down in a focused, batch work writing period and say, “I need to select four topics for these different clients. I am going to do this first.” I look at things like:
- Where am I going to pull from?
- What are going to be the links, studies or the background material that I am going to reference in this blog or web content?
Then I come back either later that same day or the following morning, and I do the actual writing.
I don’t turn the project in after I finish writing. I walk away from it. I save it on my folder on my desktop and I come back that afternoon or ideally the next day and edit it.
Why It Works
Here’s why these three steps make for a faster, better writing process:
I’m more likely to catch my own mistakes because I write and edit in different blocks. That allows me to walk away from my writing projects and come back with a fresh perspective. I have done different projects in between, but I come back with a better and renewed sense of what I wanted to say and if the work meets the client's overall objectives.
I am constantly ahead of schedule. If that third day is my delivery day and my editing day, I have to have done the research and the writing before.
It doesn’t feel as exhausting. You don’t get as much fatigue because you are breaking this into different topics and tasks. This makes it a lot easier on your brain rather than starting from square zero every single time and having to recreate that process for a brand-new client. I am only asking my brain to do one thing at a time, not to change lanes.
Researching, writing and editing are all unique tasks that you need to do separately. A lot of people slow themselves down significantly without even realizing it because they try to do all three steps together. When they do this, they are asking their brain to switch between different types of tasks. Then they are more likely to make mistakes and end up feeling exhausted. It can be overwhelming when they finish one project and then have to start all over on another client's project.
I can write many words per hour, more effectively, when I am just doing writing. Overall, that's a better result for my clients. Separating your writing process into these three steps can help you achieve a faster and better writing process as well.
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