How to Double Your Writing Speed Without Lowering Its Quality

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How in the world do they do it?

Day after day, they write monstrous posts that are extremely useful and easy to read.

You know the people I’m talking about—you might even consider me to be one of them.

Here’s what a typical week looks like for me in terms of blog content alone:

  • 2 posts on Quick Sprout (1,000-5,000 words each) plus an infographic
  • 2 posts on the NeilPatel.com blog (about 5,000 words each)
  • 2 guest posts on other popular blogs (about 1,500 words each)
  • 0.5-1 blog post for the Crazy Egg blog (about 2 per month at about 2,000 words each)

Total that up, and you get around 17,000 words per week or 3,400 words per weekday.

And I’ve been able to sustain this type of volume for years.

I’m the first to admit that in technical terms, I’m not the best writer. I certainly didn’t go to college to get a degree in English or creative writing. Yet, I have thousands of awesome readers who really enjoy what I write.

There’s a reason I spent much time learning first how to write quality blog posts and then how to write them fast.

Although time is my most valuable resource, I spend a significant chunk of it every week writing. That’s because I know how effective content marketing can be for a business.

Download this printable cheat sheet to learn how to double your writing speed without lowering its quality.

But I’m far from the only one.

Contently found that 41% of businesses struggle with creating enough content.

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Wouldn’t it be easier to create more content if you could write faster?

If you need to learn how to write a great post, start by checking out my guide to writing high quality data-driven articles.

If you already write high quality posts but it takes you a long time to do it, then this article is for you. I’m going to show you 11 key concepts that you can start using today to start writing faster.

Imagine being able to write posts in half the time you currently do now! That would free up a lot of time to either write more posts or work on other parts of your business.

An extra few posts a week can greatly speed up your business’ growth, possibly by years. 

1. Get your typing up to speed

No matter how well you can remain focused for long period of times and how fast you can think of what to say, if you can’t type at a decent speed, you’ll never write quickly.

If you’re still pecking at letters, one finger at a time, it’s not going to cut it.

You don’t have to be a master typist, but you should be able to type at least 60 words per minute (60 WPM). If you could type at that speed for an hour straight, that would be 3,600 words per hour. Obviously that’s unrealistic, but you can achieve a decent fraction of that production rate.

I’d like you to take a minute to test your typing speed. Head to Key Hero, and do a quick typing test:

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If you’d like to repeat it a few times to get a more accurate result, go ahead.

If your speed is under 60 WPM, you’ll have to fix that before you can worry about any of the other concepts in this article. I know it’s not the most fun thing in the world, but you’ll be grateful you did it in the long run.

Step 1: Use the proper hand placement

To type properly, you should be resting the four fingers of each hand on the keys of the middle row, with your thumbs hovering over the space bar.

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If you don’t already do this, it will take a bit of practice for it to feel natural.

Step 2: Don’t look at the keyboard

You should be able to type with your eyes closed—literally. If you can’t, it means you need to practice to get you to the point when typing no longer requires an active focus (the unconscious takes care of it).

Part of this can be your posture. If you’re hunched over while sitting, it’s possible that you’re looking at the keyboard just because that’s where your line of sight is. Do your best to sit up straight when writing.

Step 3: Practice, practice, practice

Kids these days practice typing from a young age, but you might not have been so lucky. The good news is that you can find online tools to help you practice and learn. One example is the Key Hero practice tools. If you need more instruction from the beginning, use a typing tutor tool:

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Alternative: Try speech-to-text software

You have a number of speech-to-text tools you can use, e.g., TalkTyper (free), Ivona (paid), and Dragon Naturally Speaking (paid). These tools allow you to simply talk to your computer while it records your words and whatever punctuation you indicate.

While you can obviously talk faster than you can type, there are some downsides to this method. The free or cheap tools aren’t always accurate, and it can take a lot of time to fix the mistakes those programs make. Even the expensive ones aren’t perfect, and they also have a steep learning curve at first.

It’s not the first option I’d recommend, but if for some reason you aren’t able to type, or type quickly, it’s a decent backup.

2. Don’t forget your ideas: make a list

How much time do you waste trying to come up with a good idea for a blog post?

It’s hard enough if you’re just writing a couple of them a week, but if I had to come up with ideas for all the posts I write one at a time, I don’t know if I could do it.

The good news is: there’s a better way. It’s called an idea list.

Coming up with ideas on demand can be difficult because it’s a creative task. Creativity comes and goes as we observe and experience different things in our lives. It’s why book writers often take years to write their novels.

You can’t just sit down and say to yourself, “Okay brain, start coming up with great ideas.”

Instead, you need to develop your idea muscle so that you can spontaneously come up with many ideas throughout the day.

The concept of an idea muscle was coined by James Altucher, who says that as you practice coming up with ideas, you get better at it.

“Every situation you are in, you will have a ton of ideas. Any question  you are asked, you will know the response. Every meeting you are at, you will take the meeting so far out of the box you’ll be on another planet, if you are stuck on a desert highway – you will figure the way out, if you need to make money you’ll come up with 50 ideas to make  money, and so on.” — James Altucher

He advises to start by trying to come up with at least 10 ideas throughout the day.

Here’s the second part: record them. Not all of these ideas will be good, but some will be, and others may lead you to good ideas.

You can use a simple notepad from the dollar store, or you can do what the team at Buffer does and record ideas in Trello:

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An alternative: create a repeatable strategy

I’ve already shown you how to steal ideas for your next post. This is a strategy that you can use over and over again to get inspiration for post ideas.

It’s still not a good idea to come up with post ideas as you need them—it’s inefficient. Instead, schedule a block of time, maybe an hour, every week or month (depending on your post volume). Use this time to use your strategy to come up with as many ideas as you can.

Instead of coming up with a single idea in 10 minutes every time you need one, you can come up with five times the number of ideas in the same time frame once you get some momentum going.

Either way, you’ll be able to cut down on time coming up with ideas and focus more time and energy on the actual writing.

3. Get rid of distractions

Distractions are everywhere, especially on the computer.

The urge to check email, visit social media sites, or just click a bookmark to go to your favorite site to kill time is strong.

Maybe you’d rather check your search engine rankings again or website traffic instead of writing a post, which seems way less fun.

If you give into these urges, your productivity is going to go way down. But even if you don’t, those urges in the back of your head are going to distract you and prevent you from being as productive as possible.

In real life, there are even more distractions, especially if you work from home. Kids running around, people talking on the phone or watching TV, and temptation to take a break and grab a snack.

Distractions are everywhere.

You’ll never get rid of them all, but you can get rid of many, which will greatly boost your writing speed.

Distraction elimination #1: Work in an office or quiet space

Noise kills writing productivity. You need to be able to hear your thoughts uninterrupted. If you work from home, designate a room as your office, and make sure that no one disturbs you while the door is closed.

If you’re working at an office or co-working space, keep your door closed while writing. Tell any friends or coworkers to not disturb you while the door is closed unless there is an emergency.

If neither of those are realistic, head to a library. Libraries are quiet, and some even have dedicated rooms for silent work.

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Distraction elimination #2: Turn off the tunes

Who doesn’t like music? Wouldn’t it be more fun to write while listening to Taylor Swift?

Well, sure, it will be more fun, but it will slow you down when you are writing.

Studies have shown that music is a distraction that slows down complex thought processes. So while music might help you with simple, straight-forward tasks such as lifting more in the gym, it’s going to slow down your writing.

But that’s not the full story. Those studies looked typical lyrical music.

2012 study showed that low to moderate levels of ambient noise can actually lead to slightly higher creative output.

Similarly, another study showed that baroque classical music can increase mood and productivity. Note that classical music rarely has any lyrics. It is soft and consistent.

So you have two options: work with no music or work with low to medium volume ambient noise or classical music.

To have some ambient sound in the background, you can use tools such as A Soft Murmur or Simply Noise.

Distraction elimination #3: Lock-down distracting websites

If you have trouble staying on task, you can block certain trouble websites for a designated time period. There are many plugins that can do this, e.g., Strict Workflow for Chrome.

You simply tell the plugin which sites you’d like blocked and for how long, and you won’t be able to access them until the time period is up.

In addition, you can hide your bookmarks bar if you’re working inside a web text application such as Google Docs. Just right-click any empty space in the bookmarks bar and uncheck “show bookmarks bar.”

Distraction elimination #4: Write offline

If blocking distracting sites doesn’t work, you can take it to the next level and disconnect your Internet altogether. Writing offline will eliminate all online distractions.

Distraction elimination #5: Finish all important tasks before writing

Sometimes it’s hard to focus because there’s something else important that you need to do during the day. If you’re thinking about this in the back of your head, your writing speed will go down.

Instead, think about doing any distracting tasks upfront, and then come back to writing later.

4. Outline your post beforehand

Before I write any post, I always outline it.

When you outline a post, you get a really clear idea of how you will be making the point you’re trying to make as well as any research or resources you’ll need to make the article as strong as possible.

You’ll notice that all of my posts have an introduction section (like everyone else’s posts would have) and also a conclusion section.

The headlines of the other sections will depend on the type of post I’m writing. There are 12 main types of posts, and I have general outlines for all of them.

The outlines don’t need to take very long to put together. Their main point is to make sure you’re not missing any important pieces of the puzzle.

I write out all the subheadlines (H2s) in the article as well as a few main bullet points below each to remind me what I should cover.

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When I get to each section while writing, I don’t have to remember what I had in mind for this section before—it’s already there.

5. Research comes first

What do you think is easier to write about for me: how to ride a horse or how to write a good blog post?

Of course, how to write a good blog post is a simpler topic for me because it’s a topic that I have a lot of experience and expertise in.

The first step is to become an expert on the topic you’re writing about. It’s easy to talk/write about something you know well but difficult if you’re trying to put the pieces together as you go.

Take my nutrition blog case study. I’m not a nutrition expert, and I didn’t have the time to invest in becoming well-versed in the subject so that I could write about it credibly. That’s why I had Mike take over content creation.

This doesn’t mean you need to be an expert from day one, but you need at the very least to learn about the specific topic you’re writing about before starting.

Otherwise, task switching is going to kill your writing speed.

What’s task switching? It’s a concept that refers to having to switch between different activities. For example, having to switch from writing mode to research mode because you don’t understand a concept you need for a particular article.

While some may multitask better than others, we all are more productive when we focus on a single task.

Dr. David Meyer and colleagues conducted a study in 2001 to quantify the effects of task switching. He had subjects try to switch between different tasks such as solving math problems and naming geometric objects.

When both problems were simple, subjects didn’t lose much time going back and forth. But as the tasks became complex, the subjects lost more and more time with each switch.

It’s hard to pin down the exact cost of switching, but Meyer estimated that it could cost someone up to 40% of their productivity for complex tasks. Make no mistake, writing and researching are complex tasks.

Every time you have to switch, it not only takes a bit of time (up to a few seconds) to get into the right mindset, but it also fatigues you. Just thinking about having to switch back and forth several times an hour makes me tired.

Here’s the takeaway: learn everything you need to know about the topic you are writing about before you write a single word. This means that you should note down any relevant statistics, resources, or findings from studies beforehand.

6. Write first, edit later

Ernest Hemingway said, “The first draft of anything is garbage.”

I’m not sure how much fiction you read, but Hemingway was one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

He won a Nobel Prize in Literature and a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction before he died. Even now, we remember his writing genius.

If Hemingway thought his first drafts were garbage, imagine what he’d think of mine or yours.

So, you basically have two options if you want to write a post that doesn’t suck.

First, you can continually edit each sentence and paragraph as you go. Or you can write your first draft like most prolific writers do, and then edit later.

Both can produce a good article, but I’ll tell you why the second option is by far the best choice.

If you continually switch between writing and editing, you have the same problem that we looked at before: task switching. You’re asking your brain to switch from trying to write to trying to edit. This kills any writing momentum you have and makes you start from scratch every sentence or paragraph.

When you write—just write—you can focus on writing only. This allows your mind to focus on what you should write now and what should come next. Similarly, when you’re editing, all your focus can be on “how can I make this better?” instead of also trying to think of what needs to be said next.

In my experience, Meyer’s guess of about a 40% decrease in productivity from task switching is probably about right.

Write first, edit second.

7. Take (smart) breaks

Unless you’re a robot, you need breaks. All people get tired.

Sure, you can get stronger over time, but you’ll still need breaks.

Everyone’s different in this aspect. Some need frequent breaks, while others only need breaks after a few hours. It depends on how much you enjoy writing, your writing ability, and a few personal factors.

If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend the Pomodoro Technique. Yes, pomodoro means “tomato” in Italian, so essentially it’s a tomato technique. It’s named after the timer that the creator used:

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It was designed in the 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. Even though it’s not new, it hasn’t been until the last decade or so that it really became popular as a productivity technique.

Here’s how it works:

  • You set a timer for 25 minutes
  • You work until the timer finishes
  • You take a 5 minute break
    • All of that is one Pomodoro

Now you repeat that process four times. After the 4th 30-minute period, you take a 15-20 minute break.

You can either buy a pomodoro timer or just use this online tomato timer.

This procedure is supposed to keep you focused and fresh while working.

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For accountability purposes, you are supposed to start the day by making a to-do list of what you’d like to accomplish.

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You put an “X” beside each item to indicate how many pomodoro periods (25 minutes of work) it took to finish.

“You will probably begin to notice a difference in your work or study process within a day or two. True mastery of the technique takes from seven to twenty days of constant use.”

The final piece of the system is dealing with interruptions. There are two types of interruptions: internal and external.

Internal interruptions are thoughts that are distracting you from working. With this system, if they are important tasks, you are supposed to write them down on your to-do sheet so that you can be sure they will get done later.

External interruptions are from other people and things (phones, emails, etc.). The pomodoro system suggests to deal with such interruptions as quickly as possible. Tell the people who want your attention now to come back later or promise them you’ll call them back as soon as you can (on a break). In the meantime, get back to work.

8. Give yourself a deadline

Parkinson’s law states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”.

This means if you give yourself too much time to finish something, or that you don’t think it matters when you finish it, it will take longer to do. Either you’ll procrastinate because you know you can do it quickly, or it’ll become increasingly complex, which will result in accomplishing something other than what you set out to do.

Think about how most people study for a test. They put it off as long as possible and then cram everything in at the last possible minute.

While it’s not optimal from a learning point of view, it illustrates that people are capable of working extremely quickly when there’s a firm deadline that must be met.

The problem many professional writers have is that they give themselves a day to write a post, even if they may not need it. They say that if they finish early, they’ll start working on something else—but they never do finish early because the work expands to fill the available time.

When you start writing a post, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to include in the post, nothing more. Then, give yourself a deadline for writing the post, which is equal to the minimum amount of time you think you might need.

Remember that this is just for writing the post, which you want to do as quickly as possible. The quality really comes from the editing. You should still have a deadline, but don’t make it strict since you will need your creativity and careful thought.

Don’t limit deadlines to your writing only. You can also set a deadline for checking emails in the morning. Most people spend over 2 hours on email a day, when they could probably reduce it to two 10-minute periods, in the morning and at night, if they set a hard deadline.

9. Write during your most productive time

You’ve heard that some people work better in the morning and some at night, right?

Morning people are called “early birds,” while people who prefer the night are called “night owls.”

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It turns out that there’s a significant amount of science backing up this phenomenon. German scientists found that night owls had a different brain composition than early risers.

This affects your circadian rhythm, which is responsible for controlling your sleep schedule and alertness throughout your day. Dr. Katherine Sharkey says that night owls have longer circadian rhythms than early risers.

We don’t need to know exactly how it works to see how it affects how we write.

If you find that you’re much more productive in the morning, write in the morning.

If you find that you’re much more productive in the evening, write in the evening.

Simple.

You will accomplish more in one really productive hour of writing than you would with more time but struggling to focus.

10. Use simple words

Do you ever pause while writing in order to think of the perfect word?

If so, you’re wasting time.

When it comes to blog posts, or any type of web content, your writing should be simple.

People have very limited attention spans and like to skim. Jakob Nielson collected data that shows an average visitor reads just 20-28% of the words in a post. If they can’t skim it, they usually skip it. That means your perfect word won’t even be read by most.

When you read complex words, it takes longer to understand them. It’s partly because they are complex words, but it’s also because we don’t see them often.

So not only do complicated words and sentences confuse and deter your readers but they also slow down your writing. Instead of just stopping and thinking about which word to use, write the simplest alternative that comes to mind.

Instead of “convoluted,” write “complex”.

Instead of “disastrous,” write “poor”.

Instead of “proficiency,” write “skill.”

Get what I’m saying? Here are 24 more examples.

If you want to see how you’re doing, put one of your blog posts into this readability score calculator.

Here are the Flesch-Kincaid grade level scores of a few popular writers. I write at about a 4th-grade level. If you use complex words often, your score will be much higher.

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11. The one factor behind all great writers

I’ve given you 10 concepts so far that can help you write faster without rushing and sacrificing quality.

Even if you apply all of these overnight, you still won’t write as quickly as I do by tomorrow.

Writing quickly takes practice, a lot of practice.

Malcolm Gladwell estimates that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. If you write five hours a day, five days a week, that’s about eight years.

I’m probably getting pretty close to that number.

But even if you’re not close, you will get better every step of the way there. So, don’t get discouraged if you can only write 300 words per hour right now. Over time, if you’re truly working on writing faster, it will creep up to 310, then 320, then 350, and so on…

In just a year or two, you might be writing 1,000 words per hour—sooner if you’re a quick learner.

Imagine that for a second: you could effectively double or triple the value of your time. That’s huge.

Conclusion

If you apply just one concept in this article, you can probably increase your writing speed by over 10% within a few days.

If you currently write for 20 hours a week at a rate of 500 words per hour, a 10% improvement alone will give you an extra 1,000 words per week. This is about an article a week for most blogs or 52 extra articles per year without spending any extra time.

If you really take the concepts I’ve laid out here to heart and apply more than one, you could see an even bigger improvement.

Leave me a comment below, letting me know how fast you currently write and how you will attempt to write faster (and let me know how long it takes to type it out!).

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Comments

  1. Hey Neil,

    VERY thankful for this post. Trying to sustain your quantity/quality levels is so hard to accomplish, and this helps get some things clear on how to optimize my writing. I also know that you have years doing this and know your information very well, which helps too. For now I’m doing one long post per week and an infographic workout routine I design with Canva.

    Thanks!

    P.S. AWESOME story about the helicopter you leased to become “materialistic” and get the attention of rich Californians! Haha 🙂

    • Eduardo, glad you found the post helpful. I like to personalize each and every one of my posts — glad you liked the story. As always if you need help with anything let me know.

      • I think Google talk is a best option to write faster articles. Without typing, you just need to talk to voice. I think anyone crack a 3000 word article within 30 minutes. it is much more time saver. That is just my opinion. otherwise article is great.

    • Neil:

      Unfortunately, I do not think this level of productive is possible for all folks, especially for some of us in specialized fields.

      Creativity is not something that be turned on and off at will. Like shooting baskets, even though I’m a good shooter who has spent hours practicing, there are days I can make a basket. It’s the “I can’t buy a basket today” problem.

      I find the same thing happening with writing. There are days creativity does not flow.

      Moreover, when one tries to add logic and structure to assist readers, usually after an initial draft, logic does not always flow.

      I do agree that the more you write, the better you become at writing.

      I also commend your ability to produce such a high level of high quality articles.

      Thanks for the post.

      Carlos

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      • I guess that I should proofread my comments after typing. This a product of typing without looking at my keyboard. (I assumed perfect typing.) Here is the edited version of my earlier comment:

        Unfortunately, I do not think your level of productivity is possible for all folks, especially for some of us in specialized fields.

        Creativity is not something that can be turned on and off at will. Like shooting baskets, even though I’m a good shooter who has spent hours practicing, there are days I can’t make a basket. It’s the “I can’t buy a basket today” problem.

        I find the same thing happening with writing. There are days creativity does not flow.

        Moreover, when one tries to add logic and structure to assist readers, usually after an initial draft, logic does not always flow.

        I do agree that the more you write, the better you become at writing.

        I also commend your ability to produce such a high level of high quality articles.

        Thanks for the post.

        • I completely agree with Carlos. There are days when one person simply cannot tune in to their creative side, and the day is hampered, they are bumbling through to get that check mark written down…

          What if business owners should NOT be writing, but DELEGATING to create more, and better content?

          If they ARE NOT a born writer (I believe you must be, to have even written this post and keep up your schedule)

          Many business owners are NOT born writers. I would say 90%.

          I have been a copywriter for 10 years and still recruit my best creative team members (I now own a copywriting agency) to help me write, strategize, proofread.

          Thoughts, Neil? Would you agree or disagree? How so?

          -Julia

  2. Hey Neil,

    Good post. I might consider you a mind reader sometimes because I swear sometimes I am thinking of something and…….

    BOOM

    There is the article.

    Also, I wrote this comment in half the time usual. I know I know, crazy Chris, 🙂

    A quick serious note: A deadline is a must, it’s easy to just keep taking your old time.

    Thanks,

    Christopher Pontine

  3. For awhile I tried my hand at creative writing–novels and ebooks I was selling on Amazon. It was fun, and I got lots and lots of practice.

    One thing that improved my writing a ton was having an editor go through my work. I learned so much about how to improve my prose. Definitely recommend hiring an editor once in a while as an extra tip.

    • Jacob, editors definitely help enormously. I have a number of people check for grammar and the messaging. Thanks for sharing!

      • You are really a master at writing faster blog posts. Great tips btw. I liked the following effective tips for writing blog posts really faster (that worked really well for me).

        Cut down the distractions (unplug the Internet)
        Use Pomodoro technique (and work in 25 mins task, take a 5 min break in between)

  4. Neil bro great post but I want to get permission from you I can repost it on my blog under your account http://www.startupinstructions.com thanks

  5. Hey Neil,

    Thanks for another awesome post. Seriously – 17K+words per week? You, sir, are ridiculous. I found the “music is a distraction” section particularly interesting. I always listened to music until very recently and found another “noise” site you didn’t mention that I think is super cool. Called noisli – lets you mix different sounds at different volumes, rain, wind, thunder, cafe noise, white noise etc etc, save profiles etc all for free. Just in case anyone finds it useful.

    I’ll also be trying Trello, I take notes but going back and finding them is extremely inefficient.

    Thanks again. David

    • David, glad the tips helped. I think ambient and natural noise really spurs creativity. Glad you found the post helpful. Looking forward to hearing much more from you.

      • Thanks Neil. Replying to all of your comments must bring your weekly word count up to at least 30K+ ;). I wonder when you sleep!

  6. Thanks will be less if wish you for your this post. Take my gratitude.

  7. Hello Neil,

    Thanks for this awesome post and I guess i need to lock down you website.

    Thanks,
    Vikas

  8. Thanks Neil for your post.

    I’ve been always teared apart by a perfectionist in me, who wants to spend days and days on researches before writing a post, and my inner director/manager who just needs results ASAP.

    Let the battle continue 🙂

    After all, the balance between speed and quality is about strategy, not just some common rules.

  9. Thanks, Neil, very useful as always.

    On the accountability section, have you tried using todoist? It’s an awesome productivity app which allows you to grade the priority of tasks so you ensure you complete the most urgent tasks first. You can also assign task to team members and get a notification when it is completed.

  10. Neil, thanks for the stats and your insights on rapid writing. I know a lot of people who can’t write 3400 words in a month! Since you do that much in a day, roughly how much time does it take you to generate those 3400 words, including idea generation, research, editing, and the writing itself?

  11. Hey Neil,

    Thanks for the writing pointers. I especially agree with you about getting rid of distractions. Opening up facebook can quickly turn into a 30 minute time suck.

    Vi

  12. Just what I need Neil, thank you!
    I just finished writing a blog post and man, it keeps getting longer and longer until eventually, you’ll get used to writing long posts without knowing. And then your email pops up right after I clicked publish so I just had to read your post, it was exactly what I was looking for.

    Whenever I start writing, I usually get lost into the zone and spend around 5-8 hours writing. Initially, I write continuously without stop but you’re completely right about taking breaks because when you work that hard on a post, you often forget that you write because of passion so its important to take some time off and maybe read someone else’s posts and get some air. I’m a workaholic so its to me at times. My plans to increase my writing speed on my next post is by outlining the points and draft-writing to cover more ground fast, looking forward for this!

    Another great read Neil, thanks for sharing this with us. Out of curiosity, how long does it take for you to write your posts on average? Your articles are always well-researched, really packed with in-depth info not to mention screenshots so my guess is around 20-25 hours per post?

    • Sounds like you have a solid strategy.

      As I mentioned in another comment above it really depends — sometimes it takes hours upon hours, sometimes less.

  13. I’m not good at writing drafts but my post speaks – as hundreds read and appreciate my blog; at least hundred at the moment. 🙂

    I’ll put more weight on deadlines as I always put myself to finish my work on deadlines rather working as a free soul. It keeps the laziness a part and completes work on time.

    However, I cannot work without music. It may distract others but it keeps me alive at work.

    Thanks for the post and, letting me speak 🙂

    xoxo

    • Nausheen, sounds like you have a pretty solid strategy — to each their own.

      Looking forward to hearing much more from you.

      • Lots of plan, Neil 🙂

        With my small startup – AdorableShe.com I have lot of expectations along with enthusiasm to proceed. All I required is your great advice! 🙂

        I have been following your articles thoroughly so yeah you will hear a lot from me in future 🙂

        xoxo

  14. Hi Neil,

    I did the writing speed test and I got 78wpm with 99.8% accuracy…. not too bad I think? You alluded to my problem in this post though, which is task-switching! Whenever I write something, I tend to research as I go along in order to back up my words. Perhaps that’s something I need to plan on changing – do more extensive research prior to writing, therefore creating less switching and distractions!

    I’m curious – how fast can you type? And how long would you say it takes you to write per 1000 words (publishing quality)? Are you still getting faster even now?

    • Michael, I can easily type over 100wpm — it all comes with practice. That may be one reason why i am able to do as much as I can 😉

      • Assuming “easily” equates to 120 WPM …
        … you spend approximately 2 hours 22 minutes typing 17,000 words,
        (words/wpm=time … 17000/120=141.6r)
        🙂

        (And yes, I am that sad to work it out…)

  15. Great post as always Neil. I have two questions for you tough. How much time to your personally spend writing a post? Second question, Do you read a lot? because every post you make is very informative it not just a random post i can find anywhere.

  16. Neil, have you ever used ghost writing / are you always author of your posts?

  17. Hi Neil,

    This is an awesome post and it came just in time for me! I tried the Typing Test out and averaged 40 WPM, so I need to improve on that.

    Just wanted to ask, you said you write 17,000 words per week – on average, how much time do you spend writing per week?

    Thanks!

  18. Hey Neil,

    Again very nice post. I was waiting for it in my inbox. Your posts are very informative and full of content. I always try to follow your guidelines.

    Thanks
    Gaurav k

  19. Another fabulous article, Neil…

    Based on your criteria, I have a looooong way to go!

    I’m grateful for all the detail you gave so I can put effort into specific areas of improvement. I want my readers to feel that my articles are as useful as yours are to me.

    Mahalo!

  20. Hey there, Neil! I especially liked your Pomodoro method subcategory, and I thought that you could’ve explained the grade-levels a bit more.
    You might want to give an example of how the reader could test their own grade-level (Hemingway Editor App, found on hemingwayapp.com/beta), and explain if having a lower or higher grade-level is “good” or “bad”.
    Writing first and editing later is a good strategy, one that’s used by most authors and script-makers globally.
    You just have to get the words out and worry about the fancy craft tools later.
    Another thing that is SO IMPORTANT is to use one to three line paragraphs. Never exceed four or five lines. Long paragraphs are intimidating to the reader.
    Great job!

    • A way to improve on your WPM is to have a keyboard that you actually want to type on. My WPM, before I purchased a keyboard cover for my Macbook (which actually really helps) was 80. It is now 130.

  21. Thank you Neil! I’ve always wondered how you are able to produce so much content and manage several companies. You are the man! 🙂

  22. Some nice ideas but what I found really useful Neil is how much content you write for QS & Neil Patel. Its a good guideline for me as I was only wondering this the other day. I’m following your $100000 challenge as I’m trying to match your input and I’ll report back my results. Been writing content and selling online since 2002 but never built a brand so this is great for me.
    Thanks

  23. Wow, thank you Neil. I have just been distracted and done 12 typing tests in a row to give me a rough average WPM.

    After 12 tests I had the following scores (mean average over all the tests):

    Avg. Speed: 69.75 WPM
    Avg. accuracy: 95.81%

    And here are the results for the 800 word article I wrote last night for a new blog of mine:

    Reading Ease

    A higher score indicates easier readability; scores usually range between 0 and 100.

    Readability Formula Score

    Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease – 72.6

    Readability Formula Grade

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level – 7.3
    Gunning-Fog Score – 9.8
    Coleman-Liau Index – 8.6
    SMOG Index – 7.1
    Automated Readability Index – 6.5
    Average Grade Level – 7.9

    Text Statistics

    Character Count – 3,432
    Syllable Count – 1,146
    Word Count – 828
    Sentence Count – 49
    Characters per Word – 4.1
    Syllables per Word – 1.4
    Words per Sentence – 16.9

    I really enjoyed this post of yours. It’s taught me a little about my reading/writing and I always thought it was my typing speed holding me back. Turns out it’s my inability to concentrate for longer than 5 minutes at a time on any single task.

    I’m going to apply some of your distraction elimination tips and see how it effects my productivity.

    Thanks for the great read Neil! Keep up the great work!

    Ben.

  24. Hello Neil,

    Thank you for this useful list of tips and tactics to help us get where we want to go and to do so in one piece.

    May I just offer something to add to point 8 – Parkinson’s Law? It’s Cal Newport’s tip to set a deadline and then work backwards from that.

    Needless to say, I have yet to even try this but will try to do so shortly because it resonates so loudly as an eminently cunning tactic for me to use to overcome my ‘excuse mind-set.’

    Thank you again and kindest regards.

  25. Great post. It never occurred to me that my fast typing skills make me a more productive writer, but I suppose that’s true!

  26. What an amazing post. Really one can understand the effort behind this post. And you have acquired that skill in writing such articles. Its inspiring us a lot.
    Thank you for sharing these tips with us…

  27. Neil,

    Thank for all the great ideas. Also, outsourcing content to good writers helps right? 🙂 Do you outsource any of this blogs content? Or have in-house team members do write it?

  28. Hey Neil, what if I firstly write on the paper? Good or bad idea? I think I create better articles since I started writing with a pen. And I’m not so distracted as I’m on the computer.

    • Tony, whatever works for you. Keep it up!

      • Thanks Neil and do you think that your writing skills suck compared to Hemingway’s? I think it can’t be even compared. You write non-fiction, I suppose your writing skills would be on the same level if Hemingway was writing and passionate about online marketing.

  29. wow 17,000 words per week! I write most 4,000, and I get very tired of doing so.

  30. I just wonder how you prepare such informative blog posts. I always learn new things from your posts. Just curious to know how you find these useful tools? You are such an inspiration.

  31. Great article Neil.

    I just heard about a new typing setup called ColeMak (as opposed to the standard QWERTY we use now). Apparently it is ergonomically designed for people to be able to type even faster than they ever could with qwerty. Matt mullenweg (founder of WordPress) has said that he wants all new hires to learn colemak once hired because of its increased efficiency.

    I haven’t tried it yet (with Qwerty I’m at 75 wpm), but I am interested in trying it out.

  32. Thank you for your thoughtful response. Yes, improvements in I really enjoyed reading your blog, you have lots of great content. I look forward to reading more posts from you. However, large and small actions are both important, that’s a great think

  33. I had to chuckle when I saw the suggestion to get rid of distractions. How many of you get distracted by the research process itself? Hands?

    I find myself wandering up intersecting information paths almost every time I start the research process. I’ve decided to keep a file of those interesting intersections, organized by topic. Doing so might actually save research time later on.

    Do you find that some distractions can be helpful if used properly?

  34. What a nice illustration and effective step by step guide on increasing writing speed.I am just keeping a step in blogging world and always felt my speed is abysmally slow.Thanks for such a beautiful posts, Neil

  35. Thank you for this information regarding the quality of the content. it is very useful article.

  36. Great post Neil. Thanks for sharing.

    I usually writes about 5-10 posts per month for my blog. When I start my blogging journey, I wrote short posts on simple topics. Nowadays, I am trying to publish lengthy, quality contents.

    About three months earlier, I read a post from your blog and I decided to say good bye to small blog posts because small blog posts have no future.

    After my transition, there is a significant growth on my monthly visitors and revenue. I identified two main reasons for this growth.

    1. Quality and length of the post
    2. Long-tail keywords

    Nowadays, I take more time to complete a blog post. I will try to apply these techniques to me.

  37. Hello Neil!

    Thank you posting this article. All your tips are great. I am writing all the time when I am not speaking. Distractions are all around me.

    I especially appreciate Distraction Elimination Tip #1: Quiet Space. When I want to do some serious writing and content development, I use our new Joint Use Library (college and city venture) and reserve a dedicated room with 60 inch flat-screen TV and internet service. This allows me the quiet I need to do my writing and create videos and see them on a large monitor. The room is also great for coaching sessions. Many libraries are making these service available. I even have a library card for a neighboring city that has similar services to give me flexibility.

    Thanks again.

  38. Hey Neil,

    I have to say my two favorite tips here are creating an outline and taking consistent breaks. I need to get on both of those.

    It typically takes me a week and a half to research and write an in-depth article. What I need to do is give myself a deadline of one week, and I will naturally find ways to reach that deadline. Once I get used to creating articles in one week, I’ll move the deadline closer.

    Great article.

  39. You just seem to get better and better!

    The volume you write each week is very impressive, and is an inspiration to many of us. Your posts are never just written for the sake of getting your word count, though.

    One can tell that a lot of thought goes into these posts.

    Distractions are huge and multitasking is a true killer for me. Gotta work on that.

    I tend to “think” i can multi- task, but it’s a productivity killer ánd prevents you from really going into the zone, where writing flows naturally.

    Thanks for the insights Neil,

    Jasper

  40. Really, typing speed?
    Funny that 😀

    Simple Tips…
    * Write what you know about – easier to tap into your brain than constantly referencing other works.
    * Write about what you care about – there’s less friction writing about things you love and/or are interested in.
    * Build up a resource lists – sites you know/trust that are good sources of data/information can save a lot of time.
    * Cogitation saves rewrites – thinking about a subject for a couple of days prior to starting to write can have half the work done in the subconscious.
    * Work how you think – if you are a scatter brain, do a spider map. If you are highly organised, build a list-view of your intended article. If you’re a note-sy person, write key points on post-its. Working to your personality will be faster than forcing yourself to someone elses.
    * Focus on getting the words out – don’t touch Font, Size, Bold etc. No formatting, no spelling corrections. Just type, type and type.
    * Talk to yourself – honestly, not everyone will benefit … but most of you will. Talking yourself through what you are writing and why will help!

    Improve actual typing?
    There is only one thing you can do – and that is practice.
    Actually – that’s not quite true.
    There are two other things that can help.
    First, have your own keyboard! Seriously, I cannot tell you what a struggle it is adjusting to a different keyboard. My word-rate drops, my error rate increases … it’s terrible! Make sure you have your own keyboard, and buy a spare of the same type (I still have an IBM keyboard with springs and a metal base … with a ps2-usb converter).
    Second, practice typing your problem words. We all have them. Those words that no matter what, we seem to constantly mis-type and/or mis-spell. As these are the most common causes for delays … removing your 10 most common errors will make a big speed improvement 😀

  41. my writing speed slow hopefully will get benefited by your ideas

  42. Thanks for the tips. The part about managing distractions and task switching would really help me a lot . I write in spurts and switching tasks to editing or researching usually becomes my momentum stopper. From now on, I will write “garbage” first then set at a time for editing to make it “gold”. Thanks again!

  43. Hey Neil.

    First off, awesome stuff man! I know this will help me a lot.

    Right now, I can probably only write around 400-500 words per hour, which is alright IMO. I’ve only been doing this for a year.

    That’s way better than when I started – 20-50 words per hour. Hehe

    But if I follow all (or most) of your tips, I know I can get to 1000 words per hour by next summer. Maybe even more.

    Thanks again, Neil.

    I gotta share this with everybody I know. 😀

  44. Brilliant as always dude. I struggle with finding time to write and I think it’s mostly due to not having a structured plan. Thanks for the awesomeness of this article.

  45. Great post and really helpful off to write now and it’s 530 am here – I guess I am an earlier bird ????????????

  46. Snap! Neil

    I posted nearly the exact same post last week!

    http://www.copywritingschool.com.au/how-to-make-2000-an-hour-as-a-copywriter/

    Great minds think alike.

  47. Nikita Dedik :

    Neil,

    Your posts always give a huge boost in my motivation and productivity. Thanks for being publicly awesome!

  48. I found the post helpful. Your contents always give me a huge boost in my motivation and productivity. Thank u very much Neil !!!

  49. Neil,

    Did you start off hating writing or have you always loved it?

    I’m finding generating good content for my website extremely tough, I just don’t like the process. That could be because I’m not very good at it.

    I’m kinda hoping you’re going to tell me you absolutely hated it at first, pushed through and now you love it.

  50. Neil,

    YOU are an excellent role model.
    So, I just sat down after reading your post (& the latest from Quinn Whissen at Marketing Land).. and wrote a post talking about yours on my own dreadfully neglected blog! My other main site fares little better as I let myself be consumed with clients & other tasks.. The Shame.
    LOL
    here it is:
    http://jumpstartmatrix.com.au/faster-content-marketing-and-simple-content-hacks/

    Groaning, I re committed to trying to properly learn how to type after reading what you had to say.
    AND to eliminate more distractions, as its all too easy when facing that (empty)white space to allow yourself to “do it later” cause you got distracted.
    😉
    I have of course shared your article( as well as paraphrased in mine) as it has so much value. Thank you.

  51. Great post & even better native advertising here, Neil – always love your work.

    I think my favorite point you brought up was #6: Write first, edit later. It reminds me of one of my favorite mantras: Write freely, edit ruthlessly.

    This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my years as a writer & blogger, mostly because it sucked trying to do it the other way around. When you try to edit as you write, you inherently limit your thoughts and stop your flow. A big part of writing success is simply writing. Stop overthinking. Just write what’s on your mind.

    A great practice I’ve learned is to keep writing, even when I hit a wall. If I can find a way to finish off a paragraph or a sub-section, I move on to the next section and continue to write. This is important because it keeps the creative juices flowing and keeps you from staying stuck.

    I love how you emphasized this, Neil – keep up the great writing, my friend.

  52. Hi Neil,

    My readability Score is 75.2. 🙂
    Average Grade Level 6.3

    Not bad!

    Best regards,
    Waqar

  53. And yeah I also subscribed to Michael Hyaat.
    I have noted one thing that almost all the people are telling us the same things but what makes them unique and successful is the fact that they have got some unique style and presentation skills.

  54. Hi, Neil! Thanks for this great post.

    I’ve recently started tracking how much I write, and for the first month that I tracked, I wrote 25,000 words. I was really pleased. I haven’t been able to hit that consistently since then, but I’m giving it my best effort.

    Just the tracking process alone really increased my output. I guess it’s really true that what you measured gets managed!

    My goal for July is 35,000 words, and the biggest tips I’m going to implement to help me get there are:

    1) Doing my research first and
    2) Cutting off my access to email and social sites while I write. I’m strongly considering completely unplugging my router while I’m writing, to just wipe out temptation.

    Thanks! — Beth

  55. Hi Neil,

    What I can say is, it’s an excellent piece of content to craft quality blog posts in a quick manner.

    I’m somewhat good at writing and as you said, I do have an idea list document to draft the ideas.

    I agree with you that the reading habit would improve the writing skill and yes, distraction is the major road block which sucks our productivity.

    Thanks for crafting such a nice post for us to write faster, I’ll try to implement your practical tips.

  56. This is a very helpful list… I think it could change a lot for me if I stick to it! For me, I think number 7 is the most important point. I tend to think sentences over and over again before I finally put them down, which costs me A LOT of time! I should try and start to hust write then down in the first way that comes to my mind, I’ll have to proofread and make adjustments anyway…

  57. Hey Neil,

    Great post. I like a lot of your ideas. I am a slow writer, but that is because I doubt myself, but am getting more confidence as the time goes by.

    However when I choose subject matter, I do my first 45 minute session, free writing. Whatever pops into my mind, because as Hemmingway stated our first draft is crap. It is only then that I do my research because I want my own ideas to count and I don’t want to be steered by other content. And this works for me.

    But I will take your tip about taking an hour to jot down ideas, I like to have a lots of choice when it comes to ideas. I choose according to my mood at the time.

    I am in awe of you with the amount of blogs you get out, especially if the content is as informative as this post.

    I use classical music to get me going and it really works. And now when it is on my mind is trained to focus and get things done.

    I am very strict on timelines, that is what drives me.

    Thanks for a great post.

    Rachel.

    • Rachel, sounds like a great strategy — do what works for you. I myself can’t work with music but I can see how it frees up other’s minds and brings about creativity. Keep up the great work.

  58. Hello Neil ,

    It is Great ideas My Speed Very Low 🙁 I found the post helpful Your All Article Very Helpful Great Job ,
    have a nice day

  59. Hi Neil,

    I am writing content for websites, articles and blogs. And as i have recorded my average speed for writing 500 Words article in 60 Minutes. I don’t know how much proficiency in my content writing. However, i am writing mostly according to “SooperArticles” Author guidelines.

    I want to show you my sample article please revert back to me with.

  60. thank you Neil for showing me the trick to typing fast,you are great

  61. If you don’t have a timer present, you can use Google. Just type “Set timer 20” and you get a 20 minute count down.

  62. Hi, another great post. Luckily I don’t have a problem with the typing speed, but I would say my biggest mistake is trying to edit while I write. I’ll change that and see if I can’t do more quality posts in one day.
    O, and another big mistake is not taking any breaks in between.
    Keep well
    Linda

  63. I did the typing test 43 words per minute, 94% accuracy – quite please with that to be honest 🙂

  64. Thanks Neil for these useful tips. I will try to build a quality website now.

  65. Hey Neil,

    It’s great to see that i follow almost everything you mentioned here, being a niche blogger it’s really necessary for me to fight all the distractions as i do 3-4 project quarterly and i have to write as much articles as i can along with handling the SEO thing.

    I have learned writing offline from your side i guess as you mentioned it somewhere, though we resonate at creating outlines 🙂

    Great write-up!

    Cheers!

  66. Hey Neil,

    Time is previous especially when your free time is very limited. These are some great tips and already doing half of them.

    Task switching can definitely slow you down which is why I like to write my post first and edit later. Sometimes I’ll even publish the post if it very comprehensible and presentable then I’ll edit some more later.

    I also like to write my blog in batches. I guess you can say it’s similar to the tomato technique but I write each section per day. It really helps me out since I’m in a time constraint.

    I also have to agree with you in creating outlines. It does help me stay organize and focused on the topic so that I’m not “everywhere” talking about everything on my blog.

    Also have noise in the background doesn’t help me either. I’ve tried when I’m writing posts and I tend to lose concentration and my train of thought. They say classical music helps but it’s still another distraction to me.

    Thanks for sharing Neil! I hope you have a great upcoming weekend!

  67. As you rightly said, all about practise, practise.. practise

  68. Neil,

    A question for you: How much time do you spend editing? I find that editing takes a ton of time for me. I notice that I haven’t seen any glaring typos on your blog (I’m sure there’s got to be some but I don’t think I have noticed any.) Do you use any tool like Grammarly to make sure your spelling and grammar are correct?

    Some VERY successful blogs that I follow have GLARING typos that the authors could have easily fixed by one more read through, but obviously didn’t care to spend the time weeding out.

    I’ve heard frequent warnings against pouring all your time into making your blogs “perfect.” In business blogging this kind of perfectionism is obviously a waste of time.

    How do you strike a balance between spending hours slaving over proper grammar and publishing a post with careless mistakes that make you look foolish? Sorry for the super long comment.

    Maybe I should just start paying for Grammarly…

  69. Thanks for another great article Neil. Now can you please please please make an article on applying to big blogs? k thnx

    • Jason, can you be a little more specific?

      • An article on advice/tips on applying to be a regular contributor or writer for authoritative blogs, or something along those lines.

        I’m sure your readers work within a certain niche and they might find benefits from writing for some credible sources to strengthen their rep and build a name for themselves in that particular industry.

        After all, you teach us a lot on how to write effectively and produce great content. You show us how to deliver, market and execute, but I feel like this would reallh bridge the gap. At the very least, it would be extremely helpful for me! >:D

  70. Nail, you are my hero! I’ve learnt a lot of writing properly with you!

  71. Hi Neil,

    How about writing the blog ideas and the basic outline of the topics in the good old fashion of paper + pen? Thoughts, flow easily and one can jot down ideas, quickly on the paper.

    Also, who about dictating the text to another person who is really fast at typing?

  72. Hello Neil,

    I came across your blog a few months ago, and have really enjoyed reading each one of your posts. You’re a fantastic writer and very good at what you do.

    Content creation has been my number #1 problem for years and I always asked myself “How can I learn to write quality articles faster?” I’ve wasted a lot of time on distractions, task switching, and a slow typing speed. This article was fantastic, thank you for sharing!

    Cyrus

  73. My typing Speed would have increased tremendously hadnt it been i was able to immediately acquire PC when i learnt about computer operation 4yrs ago.
    However i still grab some ideas from this post despite that am typing from Mobile.
    The distraction – I thought by playing music whilst typing, i would be able to get inspired and writes more faster but this post proves me wrong in which i assent to it
    The draft before publishing – I dont usually save as draft when publishing but after compiling a post, I used to go through it many times before i hit the publish button.
    Great concept. I’ve bookmarked your blog address

  74. Hi Neil,

    I agree with all your valuable points. In Blogging, proper typing skills help the bloggers to increase the possibility of writing some extra number of articles in a particular period of time. Of course, my typing speed is just 35 WPM, so if i increased it to 50 – 60 WPM surely it will allow me to create a large size of contents or some additional no. of posts in a short period of time.

  75. Hi Neil,

    I am really fond of your writing skill and in depth research in your every article. I am always waiting for your new post and almost read every article in your both blog(quicksprout.com/blog and nielpatel.com/blog). I am planning to start my own blog on market research but I am not that good in writing.

    So, can you provide me some tips on writing on market research so I can start my own blog.

    Thanks in Advance.
    Satish

  76. Neil you are AWSM Man. I regularly read your blog . Every time you and your coherent content gives me answers to my SEO queries. Your content gives me answers of all of my questions related to internet marketing or professional life. Neil may god give you long life because you are serving your backbreaking internet research here. You are ideal for millions of bloggers in India. Thanks for your presence in Internet Marketing.

  77. Truly an impressive amount of posts per week while running several businesses. Pretty much a digital fireworks display coming from your colorful brain. Just made a nice list of takeaways: for me largely about stopping distractions, research first vs. in and out of modes – then moving faster through the first draft using an outline…Love it! This should help.

    I would love to see a post on something like how delegating to team members and outsourcing has helped free your time to write. Possibly also discussing how sprinkling in other legit writers that you pay can help.

    I own a 10 person SEO company and LOVE my time writing but sometimes get so lost in the weeds likely more than I should as the CEO – helping team members through sticking points etc. – that I can get overwhelmed by “doing it all”.

    And my companies are no where as big as yours nor do I write as much as you with so much engagement from an audience. So if it makes sense at some point to share that side of things in a quick tip here or eventual post – for small companies and or solo-preneurs – that would be great.

    Happy 4th!

  78. Hello Neil,

    Thank you for this article. I do have problems with distractions. They eat too much of my time. It’s hard to get away from them when you’re working because even your phone keeps beeping. One thing I did was to print all my sources/reference and ditched my phone. It was very effective.

  79. Ashok Khandekar :

    Neil,

    As usual a great post. My experience says, one need to have clear thoughts to write effectively on any topic. If you are not clear about the subject you are writing, the article becomes confusing. Clear thoughts will automatically speed up writing too.

    Thanks for great post Neil. I treasure all your articles.

    Ashok

  80. Neil,
    Thanks for your article.,
    I write fast but when it comes to expand the ideas of content..,there comes the lag..thinking about it delay the time to complete that post.Hope your ideas help me.

  81. Could you please share all points in one go… so sometimes while making notes.. we can copy those major points by which we can remember the content

  82. Your articles are always helpful to the bloggers.

  83. Hi Neil

    As always, depth article and always put your passion in every post.

    Can i translate this post into Bahasa Indonesia and make some modification? of course I will put the backlink to the original article.

    I’m big fan of your blogging post. I’ll wait for the next article…

    Best Regards..

  84. Dave Hancock :

    I like your stuff.

  85. Hi Neil. Another great post with wonderful tips.
    When I write drafts, I sit for 20 to 30 minutes then take a break for 2 minutes. Then another draft in next 30 minutes and so on. Ideas keep flowing and in a day I am able to write around 20 drafts(my target). These tips will help me to correct mistakes. Thanks a lot.

  86. Hey , Nice posts . Keep the good work going . We support such passionate bloggers . Cheers. I am new into this field , but when i see your posts i get inspired . I am keen to know your vision regarding digital marketing career in future 2050 . How far is it going to be a game changer ?

  87. Hi Neil, Thanks for this post. It is always a learning to read your posts. Please write something on “Getting maximum earning from Adsense” and ” Must include features in your Website”. Looking forward for the same.

    Regards,
    Neha

  88. Wow wow wow.

    Hello Neil,

    I was exclaiming all through. I don’t know where to start, honestly. I saw a link to your blog in a blog I visited earlier today and I decided to take a quick trip to your site and see things for myself.

    This is my first article so far and I am awed. The way you make your points make them very educative and entertaining as well. I have subscribed to get more updates, and I will try and read a lot of your archived posts as well and see things for myself from the master himself.

    I usually prefer writing with music, but I will put it off for now, and see how it affects my output.

    Also, I use an application called darkroom for writing. It blocks off all distractions, including word count, error checks and the like. So once I enter the ‘darkroom’, I don’t come out until I am done.

    As for the online distractions, my best option has always been to work offline. I minimize calls and chats too, but this part is very difficult though. haha.

    Once again, thanks for writing this Neil. I will still make out time to read this again and assimilate it fully, because this post is really epic.

    And of course I just realized that I need to brush up on my typing tutor app. 60 WPM? Are you kidding? That is incredible if you can really do that. Maybe in the shortest possible future I would be able to do that, especially with my eyes closed.

    Thanks again Neil

  89. Neil – this is a great reminder to GET OFF OF FACEBOOK. Thank you! I type really fast (Thanks for all those years of piano, mom!) but I have the attention span of a small dog when I sit down to write. “Ooh, a twitter follower! a facebook comment! my partner is calling! the dog needs to be pet!” Focusing only on writing is a big deal!

  90. Great article Neil.

    Wondering your thoughts from content marketing? The trend seems to be curating articles from Buzzsum (an website where they show most trending and you share it on your blog,site which hence brings free traffic.) I learned this from Chris Luck, he got an awesome setup. Check it out if your curious; http://www.swipevaultmission.com

    Cheers

  91. Very helpful article. Thanks Neil.

  92. Your articles are always helpful to the bloggers.

  93. Wow..
    Very Nice Tips Neil…

    Thank You for Sharing this…

    I will try to do this… 🙂

  94. Hi,
    Great tips, as always!
    For those who feel stuck when it comes to creativity, a golden tip that will help you to get fresh idea’s in no time: stop what you are doing, clear your mind and move for a few minutes – it could be you walk up and down a hallway, or you walk around a building or a block.
    Your are stuck because your mind can’t wander, can’t move without purpose. So in doing exactly this with your body, your mind will do the same, and creativity will flow back in.
    Or do the dishes. Works every time.

  95. I write a literary blog, dealing with music, art, and culture. People enjoy my blog precisely because I do stop and choose the perfect word, and occasionally, I use big ones. I’m curios as to how your content suggestions effect the behavior of literary blog readers.

  96. Hello Neil.

    Great article once again Neil. At times I thought you were speaking directly to me. I currently write around 40 words a minute but after reading this I guess I have to take it up a notch. You have pretty much addressed all the challenges in writing so I’m more informed now than I was before.

    Thanks for sharing

  97. I recently got hooked on Write or Die. It’s a website that punishes you if you don’t write fast enough–creepy crawlies on the screen, erasing the words you last wrote, etc. This is perfect for perfectionists.

    I spend too much time searching for the “perfect” words. What should take me an hour takes an entire day. Write or Die doesn’t give me time to think, so I finish my work in minutes. Then I can focus on editing or creating awesome images for my posts. I definitely recommend. http://www.writeordie.com

  98. Thanks for sharing, such useful methods to increae typing speed.

  99. yes really happy thank you i’m always practicing typing fast and in school sence i get free time but thank you………

  100. Great article for blogger, hug from Indonesia and keep sharing 🙂

  101. Radha Kishan :

    I don’t need to increase my typing speed as I use a board and stylus pen to write on computer. Just write on this boogie board with stylus pen and all the writings will come live in real time on your computer. Know more about this device > http://www.giftick.com/raj/75/ .

  102. Awesome Post. Especially now that writing an article above 1500 words has become a must. thanks for sharing neil

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