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Does writing feel like a painful process?
We’ve all been there.
You want to write, but you can’t. You’re staring at a blank sheet. You’re racking your brain.
And precious minutes are ticking by.
You feel irritation creeping up. Why are you wasting your time? Why is writing such a difficult, painful, energy-sucking, agonizing, grueling, and torturous process?
Can’t writing be simpler? Can’t you write quicker?
Yep, you can. You can write faster, create better content, and have more fun. All at the same time.
Let me tell you how I did it …
1. Skip the biggest time suck
Want to stop wasting your time?
Start with defining your message. Before outlining your post, think about your favorite reader and answer these questions:
- Which problem does your post solve?
This post helps solve the problem of not having enough time to write
- How does your post transform your reader’s life?
Feel more in control of writing and enjoy it more
- What do you expect your reader to do after reading your post?
Adopt a more structured process to writing
- Why will your reader believe you and follow your advice?
Other artists also follow proven structures. I can show how I saved time. A couple of research results.
Writing sales copy? Ask yourself these questions instead:
- Which problem does this product solve?
E.g. This app helps save time when posting on multiple social media channels
- How does your product transform your reader’s life?
She becomes more relaxed because she doesn’t need to log in to Twitter every hour of the day
- What do you expect your reader to do after reading your web page?
Set up a trial
- Why will readers trust you?
Testimonials from other users
If you know what your content must achieve, you write both faster and better. Your content becomes more persuasive because you focus on your reader. You help. You encourage. You inspire.
2. Allow time for percolation
Imagine you’ve picked a topic for your next post.
Let’s say you want to write about packing for a long-distance cycling trip. What should you do next? Start writing? List your packing tips? Compose an attention-grabbing headline?
Sometimes, the best thing is wash the dishes or get out on your bike first.
Research has shown, that when we know we need to perform a creative task later, we unconsciously process the task and improve our creativity. Psychologists call this incubation time.
This is how I structure the blog writing process to take advantage of percolation and write faster:
- On day 1, pick a topic and write a working title. My working titles are usually how-to’s because that helps me stay focused on solving a specific problem for my readers. For instance: How to Write Faster. (I keep notebook with ideas for blog posts, so I’m never stuck with this first step.)
- On day 2, outline content—write down one bullet point for each section of your post. For this post, I wrote down draft subheads only.
- On day 3, write a first draft—silence your inner critic by writing as fast as possible. My first draft is usually the main body of the blog post only (without opening and closing paragraphs).
- On day 4, edit your draft—eliminate redundant sections, review each sentence and improve word choice, and read your content aloud to improve rhythm. On this day I also write my opening and closing paragraphs, and finalize the headline.
- On day 5, format in WordPress, proofread, and do a visual check—add bullet points and chop long paragraphs to ensure your content looks inviting and easy to read.
The process is similar when I write web copy for clients. On day 1, I do research (sometimes this takes several days). On day 2, I outline and plan the copy. On day 3, I write a first draft. On day 4, I edit. On day 5, I edit a little more before sending the draft to my proofreader.
Splitting the writing process over several days has probably made the biggest impact. I write faster. My content gets better. And I enjoy writing more, too.
Combine this 5-day plan with the next step and you can virtually eliminate writing stress …
3. Beat first-draft-hell with a timer
This might surprise you …
I love editing, but I hate writing a first draft. I’d rather do the laundry, empty the dishwasher, or go grocery shopping than start writing my first draft.
But I’ve learned to get my first draft out of the way as quickly as possible by writing it first thing in the morning. Before breakfast.
I’m not an early-morning person. I like to wake up slowly. I don’t feel energetic in the morning. But my groggy mind is surprisingly fast—it concentrates on doing this one sucky task as quickly as possible.
If you’re a morning person, you might want to try the opposite approach and write a first draft later in the day. Because research shows we’re most creative when we’re at our groggiest.
So, before breakfast, I sit at my desk with a cup of tea and open only a Word document to avoid any distractions. I set the Focus Booster for 25 minutes and try to write as fast as I can. I make another cup of tea, and then set the timer for another 25 minutes. I’m getting hungry now, so I write even faster.
Do whatever it takes to fool your mind and get your first draft written. Stop worrying about choosing the right words. Stop dithering about punctuation. Get those sentences written down. Type as furiously as you can.
Editing and polishing can be done later.
4. Use a proven template
Writing isn’t conveyor-belt production (of course not!).
Writing is an art.
A template doesn’t strangle your creativity. Instead, it channels your creativity to help you engage, persuade, and inspire your readers.
Most of my blog posts follow this template:
- In the opening paragraph, I empathize with a problem and promise you a solution. The opening paragraph of this post, for instance, empathizes with the struggle to start writing and I promise you a method for writing faster.
- In the main body of a blog post, I write down a series of tips in logical order. I’ve numbered the steps in this post, but you don’t have to do this.
- In the closing paragraph, I encourage you to implement my advice by giving a pep talk or taking away your biggest objection to taking action.
Whether you’re writing landing page copy or a product description, you can follow proven templates. Find an example you like. Analyze its structure, and notice how the parts fit together.
Writing faster isn’t your ultimate aim
Writing faster doesn’t mean lowering your quality standards.
The opposite should be true.
Aim to write better content.
Be more useful. More engaging. And more seductive.
Want to know the figures?
In the past, I didn’t measure how long it took to write a blog post. But my estimate is between 6 and 8 hours. I now write a blog post in about 3 hours—sometimes even in 2½. I probably take more time for editing than most.
My posts are around 1,000 words. This one is 1,212 words.
In this article, here’s what you’ll discover:
- why distractions are more debilitating than you think (and what to do about them)
- a simple four-step formula to dramatically improve your writing
- how to crank out high-quality content in half the time by optimizing every step of the writing process from first draft to formatting
So let’s get started, shall we?
Why distractions are more debilitating than you think (and what to do about it)
Just how bad are distractions for your productivity?
A study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology investigated this question—and its findings were shocking. A research team lead by Erik Altmann wanted to see whether short-term interruptions—lasting as little as 2.8 seconds—affected performance. Subjects completed tasks on a computer. While they worked, an interruption appeared on their screens and researchers logged how many errors subjects made when returning to the task.
Researchers found that interruptions averaging 2.8 seconds doubled the number of mistakes; interruptions averaging 4.4 seconds tripled it.
That’s incredible. Even a simple distraction lasting less than five seconds can triple the number of errors you make. So it pays to block distractions at every turn.
But how do you block distractions? While most productivity gurus will tell you to use tools like StayFocusd to block time-wasting sites, I’ll give you something even better.
The “magic word” scientifically proven to reduce distractions by 64 percent
In a study for the Journal of Consumer Research, Vanessa Patrick and Henrik Hagtvedt measured the power of self-talk and how it affected distractions and follow-through.
In the experiment, thirty women attended a seminar on long-term health goals. After the seminar, researchers asked the women to join a program that would help them change their eating habits by changing their self-talk.
The women were divided into three separate groups of ten:
- Group A was instructed to say something like “I can’t eat cupcakes because I’m on a diet” when facing temptation.
- Group B would say something like “I don’t eat cupcakes because I’m on a diet.”
- Group C adopted a “just say no” strategy.
Eight out of ten women in Group B (“I don’t”) stuck with the program for the full ten days.
Of the women in Group C (“No”), only three completed the program.
And of those in Group A (“I can’t”), only one person completed the program.
Let that sink in. By substituting a single word—don’t for can’t—people were eight times as likely to succeed.
(Note: If you’re into statistics, the p-value in the above experiment was less than 0.001, which means there is only a 1 in 1,000 likelihood the improvement was due to chance. I’ll take those odds any day.)
Bottom line: the next time you’re faced with temptation—whether it’s a distraction or otherwise—tell yourself “I don’t X” instead of “I can’t X.”
Here are a few examples to keep your writing on track:
- Once I start, I don’t stop writing until I’ve written 1,000 words.
- When I’m writing, I don’t browse the Internet, use my phone, stop for snacks, or play with my cat until I have written 2,000 words.
- I don’t eat breakfast until I’ve completed this blog post.
See how simple it is? Try it yourself and enjoy the results right away!
How to write better: a simple four-step formula to dramatically improve your writing
When I began as a copywriter, I copied some of the best sales letters out there. In fact, copywriting legend Gary Halbert recommended you not just copy these pages, but actually write them out by hand to ensure the good writing gets into your bones. (He actually used that phrase; no wonder they called him the Prince of Print.)
So without further ado, follow these four simple steps to dramatically improve your writing:
1 Find a brilliant piece of writing. Start with these. 2 Select 300 to 500 words from that piece, then type—don’t copy and paste!—that writing into a Google Doc. 3 Add comments throughout the piece; note what you like, what you don’t, and how you’d improve it. 4 Rewrite the piece in your own words. Use a completely different topic, but strive to maintain the original’s structure and pace.
How to write faster (or, how I tripled my writing speed—and how you can, too)
There are four techniques I’ve used to triple my writing speed. Before I used these techniques I averaged about 500 words per hour; now, I average about 1,500 words per hour and occasionally top out at 2,000 words per hour.
Technique 1: Outline everything
An effective outline serves as your “talking points.” These talking points allow you to “talk” through your first draft, which should be done as quickly as possible. It also ensures you’ve thought through your writing and that everything is presented logically for your reader.
Technique 2: Become a dictator (in a good way)
Don’t underestimate the power of dictation. Once you learn to dictate effectively, you can easily double your writing speed.
To get started, use the Google Docs voice typing feature (free) or Dragon Speaking Naturally. (Note: I use Google Docs for everything.)
Don’t “think” about dictating. Instead, pretend you’re speaking to a friend. Sometimes it helps to look in a mirror while you’re talking. This makes you—and therefore, your writing—feel more conversational.
Speak quickly through your first draft. Do not try to edit. Your first draft will be ugly. That’s fine. Speed is important in your first draft; quality only matters in subsequent drafts. Just dump all your ideas onto the page and worry later about cleaning it up.
Technique 3: Track your words-per-hour
Use a spreadsheet to track how many words you write (or dictate) in a twenty-five-minute period. Your goal is to “write” at least 1,000 words per hour. (As I mentioned before, 2,000 is doable—and some people claim to write as fast as 5,000 words per hour!)
Technique 4: Format the fast (and smart) way
Formatting is important but time-consuming if you’re not careful. You can easily waste hours formatting your text, adding images, and including HTML as well as links to further resources.
The simplest way to speed up your formatting is to use Google Docs. Google Docs is online, free, and contains several useful tools.
For example, you can search for links directly within the doc (instead of searching via Google). This makes it very easy for you to add hyperlinks to further resources. It also keeps you away from Google’s search results—which can lead you down a dark road to distraction.
Another useful tool is Image Extractor. This free add-on makes it simple to copy and paste images into your post, then save them all at the very end for publication.
In conclusion, you can improve your writing in three ways:
- Write better
- Write faster
- Format better and faster
By improving these three elements, you create a virtuous cycle. What tips do you have for writing better and faster? Let me know in the comments below!
How to write faster.
There are a lot of benefits to writing fast, if you can do it. The faster you write, the more works you can produce. If you write for a living, then theoretically, that means more money in less time. Many people write slowly or write only when they feel the urge, so jumping on the write-fast bandwagon can help a lot of writers get more motivated and focused.
But there are some drawbacks to writing fast, especially if writing fast means you’re skipping steps in the writing process (such as multiple revisions) or skimping on important elements of publishing (like getting a professional edit). Deliberate writing and professional-level publishing leads to higher quality work, and if you’re speeding through the process, you might miss some important details and end up with a shoddy book full of typos and plot holes.
Sometimes you have to choose between writing fast and writing well, but most of the time, I think the best practice is to find a balance.
Tips for Writing Faster
I have to stand firmly against the notion of whipping through projects and throwing them at people when they are hardly past the draft phase. But at the same time, I think a lot of writers could use some tips to help them pick up the pace, keep projects moving along, and most importantly, finish what we start and then put it out there for other people to enjoy. In that spirit, here are some basic tips on how to write fast while also writing well:
1. Plan ahead. Instead of staring at a blank page and wondering what to write, work out the details ahead of time. Try outlining to plan what happens in your story, or go deeper and write detailed story beats. Using an outline allows you to find plot holes and inconsistencies before you start drafting, which can be a huge time saver that results in fewer revisions later. That means while you’re drafting you can focus on telling the story rather than worrying about what story to tell.
2. Do it daily. If you write every day, you’ll finish your projects a lot faster than if you work on them only when the mood strikes. It might seem like twenty minutes or five hundred words a day isn’t much, but it adds up over time, and it’s a lot more than producing zero words each day.
3. Track your productivity. When drafting, it make sense to track both your time and your word count to get an idea of how many words you write per hour. Try writing at different times of the day, in different locations, and with different environmental stimuli (like sounds) to see which setting you’re most productive in.
4. Turn off your inner editor. Save time by ignoring typos and grammatical errors as you work through early drafts. If you make significant changes to the content later, early edits might end up discarded. Instead of spending valuable time revising prose that might get cut, focus on the content in your early drafts, and worry about the mechanics when the project is nearing completion.
5. Establish a production schedule and stick to it. If you know you can write five hundred words a day and you want to write a 50,000-word draft, you can calculate how long it should take. Working out a schedule is a good way to stay motivated. You might even set up rewards for when you reach major milestones like completing the first draft. However, creativity is a fickle beast, so be sure to strike a balance between sticking to your schedule but allowing some flexibility for when you run into creative problems, like realizing you have to scrap and rewrite an entire subplot.
Do You Write Fast?
Do you have any tips on how to write faster? How do you feel about writing fast versus writing well? Do you think it’s possible to do both? What do you think about writing and publishing a full-length novel every month? What about every three months? Once a year? What if it takes eight years? Take some time to think about your productivity and your goals, and then get back to writing!
Nov 24, 2016 · 4 min read
One friend of mine publishes multiple novels per year. He is incredibly prolific in a way that sickens those of us who struggle to get our words out. For the longest time, I thought he was doing it wrong. Turns out, I was the one who was wrong.
As a writer, I had this snobbish idea that the best, most meaningful work happened slowly and painstakingly. But that’s just not true.
One of the most important skills for a writer to learn is how to write quickly.
This is something I learned f r om NaNoWrimo, when I was in the middle of a mad dash to write 50,000 of a new novel from scratch. Not only was it the first time I’d written fiction in over ten years, it was the first time I’d ever attempted to write an entire book in one month, period.
What I learned from the process is that you can write faster than you think.
Why am I a fan of fast writing? A few reasons:
- Because the first step to writing anything is to get the words out. Whether that’s a book or a blog post, your job is to get it done, now.
- Because the faster you get the words out, the sooner you can start editing. And as we all know, all good writing is rewriting.
- Because the faster you write, the more you write. And the more you write, the better you write.
In the end, writing is about quantity. Quality follows quantity6, and we all have the power to get more of our writing out there, if we’re willing to learn how to become faster writers.
The faster you write, the more you write. The more you write, the better you write.
Blogging, coupled with the discipline of writing every day, allowed me to increase not only my writing output, but my writing speed. And as that’s happened, I’ve become a better and more prolific writer.
I think the same can be true for you. Here’s how you start writing faster without letting the quality of your work suffer.
1. Commit to writing daily
Just pick something. I shoot for at least 500 words a day, sometimes more. If I’m working on a blog post, I break it into chunks and tackle them one at a time. If I have a 1500-word article to write, I spend three days writing it.
The point is to get the words down as quickly as possible, and in order to do that you first have to have a time and place to write daily. For more on that, check out my free 31-day writing challenge at my500words.com (you’ll get access to a free writing accountability group along with it!).
2. Commit to editing later
When I was working on my novel, I misspelled obvious, ordinary words that I learned in grade school. Every grammar nerd bone in me wanted to go back and fix those mistakes, but I also knew that my job wasn’t to write a publishable book in a month. It was to finish a manuscript.
Understanding your goal is essential to crossing the finish line in any project. I knew that once the novel was finished, I’d have something to edit. But the editing comes after the writing, not before.
Remember, writing is three things, not one thing. It is coming up with ideas, drafting those ideas into pieces, then editing those pieces so they can be published.1 For more on that, see my three-bucket system.
3. Commit to a deadline
I always write fastest when I have a deadline. I’m not perfect at this, but I’ve noticed this is a major distinction between professional writers and amateurs. All the professionals I know are pretty crazy about hitting deadlines. They understand this is what separates them from the pretenders. The goal is not perfection, but consistency. And nothing moves a writer like a deadline.
In this case, I have to finish this article in the next five minutes before I pack up and go home for the day. And so I’m averaging about 90 words per minute.
You can do incredible things when you’re backed up against a wall. I like blogging for this reason, because it sets the expectation that you show up, and when you don’t, people notice. So set a deadline, let people know when it is, and make sure you don’t disappoint them.
Nothing moves a writer like a deadline.
Keep in mind that writing fast for the sake of being fast is not the goal. It’s about writing fast so that you can get more work done, which will allow you to get better, and to share more of your words with more people.
What you should measure is not how fast you are compared to me or anyone else, but how fast you are now to how fast you were yesterday. The goal is growth, not arriving at any given point.
As you grow in your writing speed, your quality and output will soon follow.
How fast do you typically write? Do you struggle with creating quality and quantity?
This article was originally published on goinswriter.com .
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Do you worry whether your writing is good enough?
I can see you nodding your head.
You are not alone. Every writer has doubts about his or her writing.
The good thing is that writing is a journey. Every sentence you write is a step along the road and makes you a better writer.
On this journey, you can either travel the long road – or use shortcuts.
Using shortcuts means learning to spot and fix mistakes in order to write better.
Here are seven instant fixes that will improve your writing.
But … what is good writing?
Inexperienced writers think that ‘good’ writing is elaborate.
No, good writing is simple.
1: The art of natural
Check out an example of elaborate writing below (I’ve sourced examples of writing from free Kindle books chosen at random).
This is from a story about a young girl who is at home with her young brother when a thunderstorm strikes. The lights go out. Here’s how the writer describes the scene:
An ebony abyss claimed the den.
I take this to mean, “The room went dark.”
Maybe the author consulted a Thesaurus to create a sentence with special words. But all she achieved was to throw the reader out of the story.
If you want to keep the reader immersed in your story or article, you need to write as simply as possible.
Avoid writing that calls attention to itself.
Your words should sound natural. Just imagine answering your neighbor’s question about last night’s power-cut with: “An ebony abyss claimed the den.”
I reckon you’d get a strange look …
Read each sentence aloud to see if it sounds natural or contrived.
2: Is it obvious?
When you start editing your piece of writing, cut out everything that’s already implicit. Look at the following sentence:
The only luminescence came in the form of the full moon which shone down from a starry sky.
I imagine the writer was trying to say something like: “The only light came from the full moon.”
In general, the moon shines from above, agreed? So, when the author writes, “…which shone down from a starry sky”, he’s stating what is already obvious.
Grab your word-knife and cut out what is redundant.
3: Tight is good
Take a look at this excerpt from a suspense novel that reads like a Real Estate ad:
The late afternoon sun streamed through the balcony-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows.
By the time the reader has stumbled through the words ‘balcony-facing’ and ‘floor-to-ceiling’, any suspense has long evaporated.
To keep your readers’ attention, you need to shake loose and discard unnecessary words.
Cut out all adjectives and adverbs and re-insert only those that are absolutely necessary.
4: Deliver in small doses
Do you sometimes throw a lot of information at your readers all at once?
Take a look at this example:
Ron was the spoiled, playboy son of a local multi-millionaire home improvement chain-store owner.
It looks like the author wanted to squeeze a lot of information into one sentence. Here’s the information she wanted to convey:
Ron was spoiled
He was a playboy
He lived in the same town as his father
His father was a multi-millionaire
His father ran a home-improvement business
The store his father owned was part of a chain.
That’s a lot of information crammed into one sentence!
If you need to give background information, make sure you do it in small doses.
Look for all sentences that contain more than two or three pieces of information about a person or a place. Use additional sentences to drip-feed the background information.
5: Become a killer (of clichés)
Take a look at the following clichés:
“The rosy fingers of dawn touched the distant hills.”
“I smiled at him as I told my little white lie and he took it hook, line, and sinker.”
Clichés are predictable and cheapen your writing.
Hunt down and kill any clichés. Be ruthless.
6: Make color count
New writers love eye-popping colors:
The emerald river wound its way through the dusty hills which were dirty off-white tinged with streaks of brownish yellow.
I’m sure you agree that there is too much color in the sentence above. Make color count by using it sparingly.
Delete superfluous colors in your descriptions.
7: Unpack sentences
A simple guide to better writing is to focus on one idea per sentence. Long sentences make reading a drag. Here is an example:
The lawyer, now that his client had pleaded guilty, was faced with the problem of concealing his own part in the criminal act, a mistake in judgment that, while it was done with the best of intentions, was nonetheless a violation of his oath as an attorney, a violation that might conceivably result in his indictment, and even a prison term.
There are so many ideas in this sentence that it’s difficult to follow.
Here is a simple rule about length: sentences should not contain more than twenty to thirty words. (Of course, rules like this one beg to be broken – but break them with care).
Hunt for your long sentences and work on them as follows:
- Get rid of unnecessary words.
- Where there is a comma, check if it could be a full stop.
- Where you see the word ‘which’, see if you could start a new sentence.
- Reword and rephrase.
As you can see from these seven fixes, it’s easy to improve your writing. Once you know which mistakes to look for in your writing, you can correct and avoid them.
Warning: in all of this lies a danger.
If you focus on mistakes when you are in the flow of writing, you’ll cramp your creativity. Apply the fixes only after you’ve created something. Here is contrary advice for your first drafts:
Let your writing be full, wild, and bad: the badder, the better.
Put what you’ve written aside. Wait for at least one day. Then apply the seven instant fixes above – and transform your writing into a thing of beauty.
If you are wondering how to write better – follow these tips and you will be amazed how your writing improves.
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How to Type: 5 Tips for Faster Typing
Learn to touch type.
If you don’t know how to touch type, this is where you need to start. Having the ability to type without looking at the keyboard is the most important factor in achieving a fast typing speed. Even if you have memorized many of the keys, unfamiliar keys will slow you down just like speed bumps on the freeway. Taking your eyes off the screen to peek at the keyboard disrupts your focus and costs you time. You want to be able to keep your eyes on the screen and your fingers moving to the correct keys without thinking. Achieving this kind of flow takes practice. The better you can do it, the faster you will be. Read on to learn how.
Aim for accuracy rather than speed.
It does not matter how fast you type if you have to go back and fix all your mistakes. Fixing mistakes takes more time than it does to just slow down and take the time you need to type accurately. Fast typing depends on developing precision muscle memory. Allowing yourself to type incorrectly will actually reinforce your bad habits and common mistakes! Slow your typing pace until you can attain 100% accuracy. If you come across a difficult word, slow down further to type it properly. Develop good habits and speed will be your reward.
Learn the entire keyboard.
You may have enough experience typing to know most of the common keys – the letters, the space bar, enter, and I’ll bet you know that backspace! But you might be uncomfortable with some of the keys you don’t use as frequently. Do you have to slow down and look at the keyboard to type a number or symbol? If you program or work with spreadsheets you will use the symbol keys frequently. If you are a gamer there are probably CTRL, ALT and function keys that you fumble for in the heat of the battle. In fact, most all programs can be used more productively when you know the key combo shortcuts for doing common tasks. Hitting these awkward keys and combos accurately allows you to maintain focus on what you are doing, so make sure you include them in your typing practice.
Practice typing exercises regularly.
Mastering typing skills takes training and practice. Practice on a regular schedule, 10 minutes to an hour per session, depending on your energy and focus level. As Vince Lombardi said, “Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect,” so it is important that you practice at a time and place where you can maintain focus and accuracy. Eliminate any potential distractions. If you find yourself making lots of errors, slow down and find a way to regain your focus or call it a day. The goal of practicing is to build muscle memory. You do not want to “learn” bad habits and mistakes.
Minimize your physical effort.
The less work your fingers do to press the keys the faster you will be able to move them. Most keyboards require only a light touch to register a key stroke, so there is no need to mash the keys down. You should type with the minimum force necessary. You will type faster and put less strain on your body. Typing involves muscles not only in your fingers, but in your hands, arms, back, shoulders, neck and head.
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If you are thinking about “how to write a better essay” and want a solution for it, then in this blog, we will provide you the knowledge about this topic. A few students accept that writing a better essay is impossible except if you have a tutor; however, we are here to tell you the best way to improve your essay writing skills. There are some tips which can help you in writing a better essay.
Every student wants to achieve good grades in essay writing. Essay writing is an art. Not every student is a master in writing. They need the practice of writing an essay.
An essay is a short piece of writing. An essay is not about doing research only; it is also a way of communication. Essays require you to show that you understand the question asked from you. Essays allow you to show your analytical thinking. It helps you in learning new topics. The length of the essay must be enough to meet the purpose.
What does an essay reflect?
An essay reflects one’s point of view. It gives knowledge into a person’s capacity to express. It provides the audience with a thought regarding the individual’s attitude, fitness, and vision. The motivation behind an essay is to assess the following parts of one’s point of view:
- Know-how: This is a significant parameter as it examines the knowledge levels of the author; all the more so, in the case of facts. It reflects a balanced and mindful personality with a solid environment affectability.
- Written capacity: This parameter assesses the writer’s appearance of interest. An elegantly written essay shows great written abilities.
- Sensible structure: This parameter shows the writer’s reasoning abilities and capacity to organize. It is essential to gather various parts of thoughts and organize them in a way that reflects progress and proper sequencing.
How to write a better essay?
Every student has a question in his mind about how to write a better essay and wants a solution to it. Here are some tips which can help you in writing a better essay:
Tips to write a better essay
1. Make a blueprint before you start the essay:
Planning for your essay will make the writing procedure much more comfortable and smooth. At the point when your essay is in a proper format, it will be a lot simpler for the audience.
2. Change your sentence structure:
Keeping a variety of long sentences, short sentences, complex sentences, and easy sentences will make your essay exciting and will connect with your audience.
3. Clear arguments:
A significant essay picks arguments and explains the thought well in the introduction part. Pick arguments that are clear and ensure the audience without much of stress can easily know what you are trying to say.
4. Try to stick to your point:
Excellent essays stick to the points or topics for the entire essay. Ensure your topic points all support your thoughts. Attempt to remove whatever comes in between your points.
5. Write the manner in which you address individuals:
An essay will be simpler to read and will sound progressive if you write as you talk to others. Don’t utilize words you don’t know about the importance of and, rather, attempt to write such that sounds valid to you. It will look much better.
6. Finish your sentences with the help of nouns:
It is a tip which my teacher gave me. An essay sounds more pleasant when you end sentences with basic nouns.
7. Remove little associating words:
Words like “that,” “truly,” and “like” can be effectively removed from your essay. By taking out these words, you can make your essay sound increasingly cleaned and concentrated on the point.
8. Avoid using some phrases:
You must never begin sentences with words like “however,” “sadly,” “in the interim,” “furthermore,” and “curiously enough.” Your essay will sound better if you get to your point without including unnecessary words.
9. Keep it easy:
Once in a while, people attempt to create complex sentences with words that sound overly intelligent. Sometimes it seems better when you remain to your point.
10. Alter your paper by printing out a printed version:
Seeing you alter on a genuine bit of paper helps make it simpler to spot errors.
Writing essays may be tricky, but these tips will help make the procedure somewhat less scary for you. These tips help you in writing a better essay.
From the above tips, you get the answer to how to write a better essay question. Follow these tips and write a better essay.
Appropriate structure to the essay:
Writing long sections with no appropriate structure is like creating a mess for readers. So what would it be a good idea for you to do?
- Use headings and subheadings at every possible opportunity.
- You can also add pictures if necessary.
- Use bullet points or numbering at any place appropriately.
- Make little sections.
The article should be made in one structure only. Make sure that you write the essay in one tone and appropriate flow. It must resemble a story – one thing must follow the other. Additionally, there must be an introduction, body, and end.
From the above discussion, now you get clarity on how to write a better essay. Follow these tips while writing your essay. It helps in making it better. If you are facing problems in making your essay in a better way, then contact us for essay help. We are available for your help 24*7. We’re prepared to furnish you with excellent how to write a better essay writing assistance, and our certified and experienced experts are accessible 24 hours a day. Your assistance is a few clicks away. Utilize our online on how to write better essay assistance to improve your marks and spare additional time on different examinations, interests, companions, work, family. Contact our customer support if you have any queries. Numerous students take our expert’s help online, so choose wisely!
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Whether you’re drafting an email or writing a research paper, getting your words onto the page more quickly can help you save hours of your working life. If you want to write more in less time—but without sacrificing quality—you can employ a few tricks to speed things up.
To be clear, we’re not talking about the physical act of writing or typing. No matter how fast your typing skills are , the major bottleneck when it comes to writing is your head. If you can communicate more fluently on paper or monitor—overcoming common stumbling blocks—you may just find yourself a more prolific writer.
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The prevailing literature about speed writing has turned up basically four things you can do to make your writing flow more easily and quickly:
Refine Your Main Idea
Like speed dating, speed writing requires you to communicate very quickly—in a short period of time—some essential ideas about yourself (or what you’re writing about). The first step in speeding up your writing process, therefore, is to identify those main ideas.
Nothing slows writing down more than not knowing what it is you want to say or what you’re writing about. Clarify and refine the main idea and major topics you have to cover beforehand, then identify and organize the research articles and materials that back up your story.
It doesn’t matter what you’re writing—an internal email, sales presentation, or personal blog post—before you actually start typing or penning your draft: do you know what it is that you need to say to your specific audience? For the greatest writing output, don’t start writing until you’ve identified the major ideas and gathered all the materials you need for your writing. This way, you’ll be able to hit the ground running.
Use Productivity Tools to Write More Efficiently
Another essential part of prep is setting up the tools and environment that facilitate faster writing. Arm yourself with tools that save your reference materials online, spellcheck your online writing, and limit distractions. We’ve already covered the usefulness of dual monitors and text expansion tools like Texter (and its Mac alternatives ), but their productivity gains bear repeating. Text expansion tools can save you so much time, particularly if your writing involves templates or repetitive text.
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If the physical keyboard is what’s slowing you down, some people benefit from using speech-to-text software like Dragon Natural Speaking or alternative keyboard layouts like Dvorak (users claim to be much more productive when using the Dvorak system).
At the end of the day, all of these tools are designed to help you meet your objective: to write unimpeded, more efficiently. In other words, solid preparation and making the best use of available tools can really help your words flow. Just keep in mind: It’s not about geeking out on writing tools. As soon as something isn’t helping you, ditch it.
Speed writing requires the preparation and setup above, and requires you to write nonstop until you’ve covered all the major ideas. Write your first draft very quickly—without stopping for errors in grammar or punctuation, looking up alternate words in the thesaurus, or doing any secondary research. Just write. Write your first draft nonstop and don’t stop to re-read or edit each sentence or paragraph as you go along.
Often it helps to start with a warm-up writing session. Write a long email or begin your day tackling a less important writing task. Once you’ve gotten into the groove and if you’ve adequately prepared (as recommended above), you should be able to write more fluently.
After your first draft, you’ll edit and proofread, but hopefully you’ll find that the first speed-written draft (and its editing process) went much more more quickly than the times you fussed with the text while you were creating it.
Honing Your Craft
Getting to the Zen-like state where you’re writing very efficiently nonstop and aren’t even aware of the time passing will take practice. You can strengthen your writing abilities and speed by: reading everything you can get your hands on and writing every day. Studies have shown that the more frequently you write, the better and more quickly you do so later.
Also look for opportunities to simplify your writing, culling excess verbiage a la Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. Try to use words more efficiently, eliminating unnecessary words like “personal” in phrases like “my personal favorite” (what other kind of favorite is there?). Typing unnecessary words wastes time, and because that’s all we’ve really got, it pays to make as much of it as we can. Photo by laffy4k .
Got a trick that helped you speed up your writing process? Let’s hear it in the comments.