When I was in high school, I went through two years of computer studies. Despite getting boredom attacks during the theory sessions, the entire class was always thrilled when the practical lessons came by.
Everyone had their own missions in the computer lab, some that were mischievous and modest as well.
However, in my circle of friends, I would pride myself in having quick fingers on the keyboard. Currently, as I type, the people around me are glancing my direction and wondering how I am able to type this fast.
Typing fast, as you may know, results in faster output. I normally take forty-five minutes to write an over one thousand-word article. Anyway, those are cheap thrills compared to the ability to write faster and better.
Who wouldn’t want to write an article or a post or an essay in less than an hour, which would normally take hours? Take these five tips that will help you do that and much more.Here are 5 Hacks for Fast and Effective Writing Click To Tweet
1. CONCENTRATE SOLELY ON THE SCREEN
It sounds like the most difficult thing in the world but it can be done. Most people like to look at their fingers when typing instead of looking at what they are typing.
Thus, the invention of typos. People who commit typos aren’t always grammatically poor. Instead, they choose to look down on the keyboard and believe they are typing the correct word.
Only then to glance up and look at the red lines under so many words.
Now, I know this isn’t also an easy ability. It takes experience.
But in case you didn’t know, we don’t type by ourselves. We are guided by the tiny bars on the letters of the keyboard, F and J.
These assistive bars guide our fingers to know where the common Home Keys are, and therefore guide us into typing. This video will guide you through utilizing the assistive bars in your writing.
Once you know the location of the letters on your QWERTY keyboard, then you are able to face your screen in confidence and type away.
2. SET A TIMER
In the end, you are a human and not a robot. Therefore, you can experience burnout and exhaustion.
Writers are very prone to sitting for long hours, something that can cause a lot of physical distress such as:
- lower back aches
- neck pains
- leg numbness
I bet you didn’t know that sitting for long is not healthy. Our ancestors were not accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle like we are and therefore didn’t have to worry about all the strains mentioned above.
Timing yourself allows you to know when you need to fully engage yourself in work, and when to take a deserved break. In case you are wondering, I just stood after I wrote this sentence to take my five-minute short break in which I will resume for another twenty-five minutes and then another fifteen-minute long break.
Not really. It’s just a matter of automation.
As Tiffany Sun of The Writing Cooperative says:
Sometimes, it’s hard to resist editing when writing our first draft. To resolve that perfectionist habit, try turning off your monitor screen and let your thoughts run loose as you type.
For this to work, you need to understand the importance of time management when you sit down to write.
I use a simplistic time-managing app on my desktop called Egg Timer. It counts down time and alerts me once my session is over and when to take a break or resume.
For me to browse web pages I am interested in, I use Evernote and Clipix. I talked about Clipix in my post on How to be More Productive. We all know how tempting it can be to jump from one runaway link to another and realize it’s 5 p.m. already!
By writing down or committing your writing plans to memory, there is a 67% chance that you will achieve them.
When you are writing down your plans:
- be specific
- don’t overwhelm yourself
- include time
- be realistic
Once you accomplish them, write down for the next day and urge yourself on.
For a great editorial calendar, check out Asana.
4. DIVIDE THE PROCESS
Writing encompasses a lot of things such as the plot, the headlines, the setting, the language use and much more.
As I stated earlier, we are not robots and therefore can’t expect to do all these at one go. For effective writing, you need to chop things up.
Allow yourself to use a few morning hours coming up with headlines and the plot. Then use the afternoon hours to plan your content and source for blog graphics. Set the evening hours apart for going through your work and refining the draft.
If you are time-constrained, start with the harder tasks that would take a large portion of your time and then proceed to the less taxing ones.
5. GET IN THE MOOD
Doing certain activities that seasoned writers term as “rituals” is proven to set the body and mind straight into the mood of writing.
These rituals include:
- a yoga session/meditation
- re-reading a favorite book
- listening to your hype music (which to me is jazz)
- brisk walks, jogs, nature excursions.
Which ritual do you practice that helps you get in the mood for business? Leave it in the comments. I’d like to hear from you.
The purpose of writing is to lay down your ideas and thoughts for consumption and criticism. When you miss this purpose, however impressive your grammar is or however fast you type doesn’t matter to those who will read your work.
Remember that there’s a big difference between just typing and writing even though this article dwells on both effective writing and faster typing. I don’t mean to insinuate that effective writers must be fast typists.Effective writing is all about discipline and commitment Click To Tweet
Go at your own pace and deliver great content. In the end, no one will care that you took three hours or three days.
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