6 Unconventional Tips to Create Content Faster

How much content have you written in the past month?

Are you happy with that amount?

Most marketers answer no to that question. In fact, 44% of marketers say that producing consistent content is one of their biggest challenges:

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Believe me, I get it. Creating a high amount of high quality content on a regular basis is hard.

But the traffic, subscribers, and eventual sales you get from it make creating content a necessity for most businesses.

There are a few ways to make it easier to produce whatever level of content you’re trying to:

  • Raise your budget (hire writers)
  • Devote more time to it
  • Write faster

The first two are often out of your control or not possible at this time. The third one, however, is almost always possible.

If you haven’t tried to optimize your writing habits, consider doing it now. It’s possible to double your productivity after some tweaks. Imagine being able to produce an article in half the time it currently takes you?

Hopefully, by the end of this post, you’ll have picked up a few tips that you can apply right away to significantly decrease the amount of time you spend creating content.

Download a cheat sheet of 7 tools that’ll increase your content writing speed.

I’m going to share with you six tips, many of which are a bit unconventional but can work wonders. 

1. Narrate, then write

Everyone is different, but most people can talk significantly faster than they can type. I’m talking 3-4 times as fast.

On top of that speed difference, consider how often you pause in the middle of writing because you lost your train of thought.

Then you have to take 10 seconds to figure out where you were headed and repeat that process every so often.

With speaking, there are no delays other than the speed of your thought.

What I’m advocating here is to speak general thoughts about your topic. If you can go through it in a general order, that’s even better.

Record the audio on any free recorder app on your phone, or use an online app.

Then, when you’ve said all of your thoughts on your topic, type up your recordings.

They don’t have to make perfect sense yet. Just write them down, and organize them into appropriate sections.

Once you’re done, you can do a thorough edit and fill in any gaps that are left.

I suggest trying this out a few times, and if you like it, keep using it.

An added bonus – writing becomes much “easier”: When you simply write your content, you’re always thinking about the length, overall quality, vocabulary, and so on.

On top of that, you’re thinking about what to write next.

It’s exhausting.

When you narrate beforehand, you can solely focus on ideas and concepts. Then, you can focus on everything else as you’re editing. It makes writing much less intense and more enjoyable.

You can make this faster with tools: If you adopt this process, it should bring down your writing time by a bit and make it more fun.

However, if you’re really looking to minimize your writing time, a few tools can greatly speed up your writing time further.

First, consider hiring a virtual assistant (transcriptionist) to type up your narrations. Once you train them, it will save you a considerable amount of time for a small cost.

Next, you could also use more advanced narration tools to record your thoughts directly in a Word document.

Recently, Google Docs added a new feature for voice typing. Go to “Tools > Voice typing…” to enable it.

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Next, click on the microphone icon that pops up. Once you do, it should turn orange to indicate that it’s listening.

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From there, you can just speak, and the tool does a pretty amazing job at capturing your words. It’s not perfect, of course, but the technology has come a long way.

Don’t worry about correcting mistakes—you can do that later.

There are a few voice commands you’ll need; here’s a list of them.

2. Limit your time

According to Parkinson’s law,

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.

Even if you haven’t heard of it, I bet you’ve noticed it before.

When you have a week to write a post, it usually takes a week. You take extra time doing each part, not hurrying to finish early.

When you need to have a post finished tomorrow, you get right on it in the morning and focus like a laser. You have no choice but to work as hard as you can.

Now that you understand the law, you should apply it to your writing process.

Most marketers like to give plenty of extra time in case they can’t finish a post in time.

What I advise you to do, and what I do myself, is to limit your time to the lowest amount you think is realistic (without rushing the post).

For example, if I think a post can be done in a day, that’s how long I allot for it.

The other side of this is that it’s a good idea to plan in advance and have a few extra posts ready to go.

If you do underestimate the time a post will take, which does happen, you want to have those backups ready to go.

3. Start at the end, and work backwards

Writer’s block affects everyone, even us non-fiction content marketers.

You stare at a blank or mostly blank page, trying to think of something to write.

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This is clearly a huge waste of time.

Consider that the average typing speed is about 40 words per minute. You might even be able to beat that.

If you could simply type for an hour straight, at 80% of that speed, you’d crank out 1,920 words per hour.

Be honest, do you even come close to that when you’re actually creating content?

If you do, you probably don’t need this post.

This dead time is the main reason for this drastic difference in theory versus reality.

The main cause of writer’s block: There are many reasons that could cause you to pause while writing, but the most common is trying to think ahead.

You try to consider what you should write next and whether that will make sense when you’ll get to the later parts of your post.

Sometimes, you just stare at a blank screen because there are too many possibilities, which overwhelms you.

You can eliminate this by taking the opposite approach.

Instead of wondering what you should write at the moment, you should ask yourself, “What is the point of this post?”

Once you know that, work backwards, and create a very basic outline that supports your central points.

This takes 5-10 minutes upfront but can save you a ton of time, especially with long posts.

4. Make typing automatic

I told you above that the average typing speed is 40 words per minute.

Honestly, it’s not too difficult to push that to above 60 words per minute. Doing that alone will decrease your writing time by up to 50% (probably more like 20% due to other distractions).

That’s a huge amount.

If you’re already a really good typist, just move on to the next section. But I know that a lot of my readers know multiple languages, and some might not have grown up with computers, which makes it difficult.

Remember, typing is a skill. Like all skills, it can be improved with a bit of practice.

And if you currently have to think about where keys are on the keyboard, taking the time to make typing an unconscious habit will pay off greatly.

Step 1 is to test your typing speed. There are many free tests out there, and Key Hero is one of them. The test will only take a minute or two.

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If your typing speed is under 60 words per minute, you’ll benefit a lot from improving it. Alternatively, use the narration tools I mentioned in tip #1.

How do you actually improve your typing speed? To start with, you need to make sure your typing technique is correct.

The proper hand placement consists of your 4 fingers on each hand hovering over the home row (middle) keys and thumbs over the space bar.

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Next, get in the habit of not looking at the keyboard. If you do, it’ll be next to impossible to get to a solid typing speed.

Once that feels normal, if you haven’t been doing it already, it’s time to practice. Key Hero has a practice round that should work really well—you just type random letters and words that come up:

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Commit to just 20 minutes a day, and in a few weeks, you’ll see big improvements.

Do a little work now to save hundreds of hours in the future.

5. Take breaks (yes, seriously!)

It’s extremely counter-intuitive, but taking breaks usually makes us more productive.

Studies have shown that even short breaks of a few minutes can improve productivity by over 10%.

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It makes sense when you think about it. After working for a while, you lose focus, get bored, and can’t concentrate well.

Breaks don’t need to be long, but a few minutes every 30-60 minutes is a good idea. You should know how much time it takes before your concentration starts to wane.

If you’re not sure where to start, I highly recommend the Pomodoro Technique.

It’s very simple:

  • Set a timer for 25 minutes
  • Work until the timer finishes
  • Take a 5 minute break
  • All of that is one Pomodoro
  • Repeat steps 1-3 four times. After the fourth 30-minute period, take a long break (anywhere from 15-50 minutes, up to you)

Here’s an online tomato timer, or you can use a timer on your phone.

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

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6. Write first, edit after

I kind of touched upon it earlier, but I want to make it clear here.

There are all sorts of distractions while you write. Random thoughts you have, trying to decide whether you’re using the right words, figuring out what to write next, and so on.

Whether it’s obvious or not, you’re multitasking.

Multitasking is horribly inefficient because every time you switch to thinking about the next thing, there’s a “switch cost.”

The switch cost is often just a second or less, but consider that you can have thousands of thoughts an hour, and it adds up to minutes of wasted time on a regular basis.

Research has shown that constantly shifting focus can decrease productivity by up to 40%.

This is the main reason you don’t want to write a sentence and then think about whether you should edit it. It takes way too much time, and then you waste more time switching back to your writing mode.

The first draft of anything is garbage.

That’s a quote by Ernest Hemingway, one of the most famous writers there is.

Even if you’re editing your content line by line, it’s still going to suck compared to what it has the potential to be. You can’t really know whether a sentence fits until you have the whole post written.

As you can see, this type of multitasking doesn’t work, and you should edit your post after you’ve written everything you wanted to say.

So, instead of multitasking, write the first thing that comes into your head.

That’s what most professional writers do.

They don’t revise until they finish the first draft—they just let the thoughts flow from their head onto the page. That’s something that can also be accomplished through narration.

Then, you do a thorough edit and refine your content into gold.

It may seem like doing two things instead of one will take more time, but try it, and you’ll likely find that you will not only have a better final product but also save time.

Conclusion

Content is a necessary part of modern marketing for most businesses.

And yet, it’s always difficult to find the time to produce content on a regular basis.

That’s where learning how to create content faster comes in.

I’ve shown you six different ways to create content faster. Just try one or two for now, and come back for the rest later. Measure your content creation times before and after, and you should see a big difference.

If you have any other unconventional tips that you’d like to share, I’d be really interested to hear them. Just leave me a comment below.

Comments

  1. Tonja Dixon :

    Hi Neil,

    I like how you mentioned that taking a break will make me produce content faster. I think it helps to some people but not to people like me who usually end up taking a nap between breaks. 😛

    BTW it was an excellent read, and I think I am going to focus on your first point which is narrate, then write.

    Thanks.

    • Sometimes all you need to do is take a little walk and get some fresh air

      • Leonardo LaVito @ LargerList.com :

        Indeed. 🙂

        On the topic of fresh air, it’s possible to accelerate the rate at which you recover your energy and focus during breaks by doing a simple breathing exercise.

        Well, there are several that you can use actually.

        My go-to one is, 3 seconds breathing in through the nose, 6 seconds breathing out through the mouth. Repeat for a few minutes.

        You will literally feel a difference in your head.

        • That’s a great technique, where did you learn it from?

        • This 3 seconds in through the nose and 6 seconds out through the mouth…..
          Is this effectively adaptable to start with 2 in and 4 out and build up to 4 seconds in with 8 seconds out ?

    • “damn daniel” great job! It’s a very simple way to become much more effective

    • Agree with you Sir,sometime I feel exhausted so can not focuss in what am doing

  2. Ulyses Osuna :

    Bookmarked this! Have you tried out voice typing? It seems incredibly useful.

    • I use it here and there, but I prefer to type

      • And yet you are recommending it in the above article? Sorry did I miss something?

        • Sandeep Dahiya :

          That’s because it still is great tool and incredibly useful, especially when you are trying to improve your speed.

        • I use it here and there, but I personally prefer typing. I’m sharing a variety of tools so you can explore and see what works best for you

          • Anil Agarwal :

            The fastest way to create content is to clear all the distractions first.

            Put a timer. Outline your content. Research it before writing even a single word.

            Then, start writing.

            You will be amazed with the results. Also make sure your environment is clutter free. After all, it affects your mood.

            Thanks for the great points, Neil. Gonna give them a try!

    • Olga Tsubiks :

      I’m using Siri on my phone to type short texts (like blog post ideas and outlines). It looks like Siri is getting better (more accurate) over time as I continue to use it. I didn’t know about the new feature in Google Docs. Thanks Neil!

  3. Het Neil great post, are there any templates or worksheets you recommend for cranking out content?

  4. Thanks so much . . . I really needed this!

    I have a few projects/websites that I am busy with, which makes content creation even harder, so i appreciate these tips.

    For now unfortunately, I am unable to get help writing content because of money constraints, so it’s a stretch having to write all the content myself.

    Heading to google docs right now to heck out the tool

  5. Volodymyr Kovalenko :

    Neil,

    Great story. Tomato timer worked quite well for me. I’ve started using it for projects that required lots of focus. Now I’m using it almost for anything. Am I getting addicted? Lol.

    Thanks for this good read.

  6. Nayan Kariya :

    Hi Neil,
    Again a good post. I will implement the point which say start with last and go to front becuase I spend too much time to start a post. Thanks for sharing nice tips

  7. Wow, thanks for the tips, I was wondering how you produce so many high quality posts.
    I just tried (for the first time, so thanks!) the voice feature in Gdocs, it is working for me even better than the dragon software!

    Btw, I see that you almost never use videos as content per-se, is there a special reason for it?

  8. Hi Neil,

    I agree that Google Docs is very helpful, also with submitting content. It makes the editing process easy without all the email attachments crazyness.

    For me sometimes the most difficult part is coming up with new ideas for content. That’s why I recommend having a plan ahead of time with multiple content pieces to choose from.

    Best,
    Maria

    • Nice, that’s a smart idea Maria. When you plan things out in that way, you stay ahead of the game

  9. Hello Neil,

    A most enjoyable article (I understood it!) – thank you.

    Excellent idea to speak one’s thoughts. I’m afraid I’m one of those who has a mind stuffed full of ideas and not all of them are easy to present in a linear fashion. (My head is more like a Mind Map).
    Getting stuff out and down is more important initially than editing into little logical gobbets of information.

    Thank you again – it’s given me permission to experiment.

    • That’s great Zarayna that you’re aware of that. Our minds are like mind maps, but it’s the skill in being able to take that information and making it simple

  10. Peace Chibueze :

    Too many distractions while writing, I agree with you Neil. Writing without first considering the right words, grammar or spellings is faster with marvelous results. Editing after enables one to insert the right words and spelling. Thanks for sharing.

  11. nice post. I read all those words in this post about content creation. I too checked my wpm in the keyhero site. thanks for sharing such a valuable content creation tips

    • You’re welcome Vijay. Isn’t it incredible how optimizing your typing speed can help you become so much more efficient?

  12. Tristan Patrick :

    Neil,

    This is exactly what I needed! My blog is only a few months old and my list growth has definitely exceeded everything I could ever hope for. But keeping up content production definitely is a challenge!

  13. I wanna thank you from core of my heart. I have actually improved on content writing. You keep inspiring.

  14. Gourab Paul :

    Neil, You have put it forward quite nicely. will share the takeaways with my team.

    Thanks for saving my time on “thinking”.

    Cheers!

  15. I don’t agree with point #1.
    I find in the writing world, spoken thoughts and written thoughts are 2 different things.

    Sentence patterns are written differently then spoken.

    I have worked at a publishing house for 2 years and edited lots of people’s writings that are basically a “transcription” of their speech. I find that the thought patterns and sentence structure of this type of writing is very hard to follow.

    It is way more laborious to write from thought, but the end result is a block of content that “reads well.”

    • I agree that it’s not exactly the same, but it allows you to take all the information out of your head and in front of you

  16. Lewis LaLanne :

    The suggestion for taking breaks is one that I consider to be the most important on the list.

    There is so much temptation between texts, emails, social media notifications, etc. Way different than when Hemingway was sitting at a desk, in a quiet room, with a typewriter and paper in front of him.

    I think of my breaks as time where I give myself permission to screw around. And screwing around with permission from myself weighs far less on my psyche than when I’m doing it when I know I’m supposed to be working.

    If you’re aiming for peak performance, there’s no way that distracting feelings of guilt and shame for straying away from the task at hand can be of benefit to you.

    I thank you Neil for reminding me of Pomodoro. I use another time block method that’s longer – 90 minutes – 15 minute break – 75 minutes – 30 minute break. I just repeat this cycle for the workday and it has worked wonders for me.

    The breaks are long enough to not feel cheap but they’re not too long where I’m just wasting the day away.

    I find that when I’m flowing, that these are good intervals. When the writing is going good, 90 and 75 fly by and I’m okay with taking a break when my timer goes off. But for me, stopping 30 minutes into a good stream of thought would feel like I was derailing myself – hurting rather than helping.

    But I think I would gravitate towards a pomodoro approach if on a certain day a project was really kicking my ass and I can’t keep my mind on track. So thanks again for reminding me of this. I imagine that it is going to come in handy in the near future.

    • Breaks are an interesting subject. If you look at professional athletes, CEOs, executives etc., sometimes most of their productive work is concentrated into just a few hours, while the remainder of the time is used for resting.

      Resting is important and I think most people don’t think so.

      Yah I like the pomodoro, I think it’s a simple way to become much more effective

  17. Maria Pagler :

    Neil – you can tell you write your own content with these tips: they’re what real writer do all the time. When I have a long blog post or one I really need to think about, I’ll dictate it into Evernote. It copies well into WordPress, and much of the initial writing is done for me. I only have to edit and add images.

    Thanks Neil!

    • Sometimes you just need to start with taking your ideas out of your head and on to the screen in front of you. Then you can start tweaking and tinkering away

  18. Another great post Neil.

    Here’s one for you: iDictate.com let’s you dial an 800 # and just talk, then have a transcript emailed to you.

    It’s cheap, effective, and they offer a free trial.

  19. Rohan Singh :

    Awesome article for boosting the speed of writing. all of them are superb, my favourite one is limiting the time.
    I have off topic question, how can someone write an ebook and sell on their blog or amazon, what things I need to keep in mind while writing an ebook, in case I use references from researches and different websites then how I will be able to link back to them in my ebook, is it okay If I cite them in my ebook when I’m going to use it for profit (sell)?

    • Once you have the ability to create unique content that is unforgettable, people will pay you money for your content. The art is in creating content that sticks in someone’s mind, because that gives them real world, “tangible” value

  20. Kevin Murphy :

    HI Neal, regarding content– I have heard that duplicating your own original content is bad.

    So if I want to do a video, and then transcribe it at my YouTube channel, and then turn my transcription into a formal (written) blog at my website (essentially duplicate content)– would that be a Google “red flag” since my transcription at YouTube will be the same as the written blog post at my website?

    Been worried about this for awhile,,, please enlighten me!
    thanks

    kevin

    • It wouldn’t be a red flagg, but I suggest you keep the transcript on your site rather than both

  21. Awesome – I draft my articles using Google Drive so I’ll try the voice option next time I’m in it.

  22. Accidentally posted this as a reply to somebody else’s reply..

    A couple years ago I got the Das Keyboard with blank keys. It instantly uncoupled my eyes from the keyboard. Took about a week to get used to and my typing speed literally jumped from 40 wpm to over 80 and I quickly became way way more accurate too. I highly recommend it. Plus when people see your blank keyboard they think you are a super hero of typing, which is fun!

  23. Cas McCullough :

    Great tips! Thanks Neil! Scaling content is a huge problem for marketers. The recent Forbes report on this said that 90% of CMOs are looking at solutions for scaling original content.

  24. Randy Downs :

    Good advice it looks like I need to improve my typing skills. I tried using my laptop microphone for Word but it was pretty useless.

  25. Neil,

    Ever since hearing your interview with Pat Flynn on the SPI podcast I’ll listen to ANYTHING you have to say about content. Such great information. Thank you!

  26. Kylie Garner :

    Great tips Neil! I like the tip limit your time – one should always keep this in mind.

  27. Famous Ashley Grant :

    I am beyond grateful for this post. I had NO idea Google had implemented a talk to text feature on Google Docs. This is going to save me a boat load of time – I can feel it. Thanks so much for sharing this post Neil!!!

  28. Marca Tiles :

    Great advice Neil on how I can come out with content faster and it will definitely save me a ton of time. Thank you so much.

    P.S. I enjoy reading your blog as it is always giving me great tips so far! Good job!

  29. Mudit Saxena :

    Hi Neil,

    Do you still recommend GetResponse ?

    Regards,
    Mudit Saxena

  30. JENNY JULIES :

    Hi Neil,

    Thank you very much for sharing these valuable tips.

    I am brand new to the Internet Marketing arena and I want to learn from the professionals, I want to become successful and not waste time.

    This blog is extremely helpful to someone like me who is just starting out, with the only desire to soon start making an online income – no matter how small – implementing tips and strategies shared by people like

    Thanks once again.

    • Welcome a board Jenny!

      I’m glad this is helpful and gives you a better understanding on what you need to do.

  31. Thomas McCallum :

    Thanks for the tips. Like the 30 minute break tip, then take a longer one after the 4, 30 minute periods. I’ll definitely give that a shot

  32. Hi Neil, as always some great tips. I’m currently reading The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Swartz, his argument is that time management is a misnomer as everyone gets the same and finite ammount. He argues managing your energy is more important. Discusses diet, excercise and various other things to get more done. Like you mentioned, Tony also talks about how important rest and renewal is to get more done. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get more done/struggling with time.
    Ive been a subscriber to quicksprout and your blog for about 8 months and you produce quality content daily – you are a machine! do you ever take a week off to recharge and maybe outsource these posts to your staff? just curious in the spirit of rest/renewal 🙂

    • I have a team that helps me put the content together, so it’s not as crazy as it may seem. Plus I’ve done this for a while, so it feels effortless for me.

      I agree with you, rest/renewal is important. Gotta get your ZZzz’s

  33. Many thanks Neil,

    These 6 tips are very important to improve effectiveness. It’s a good reminder for me, because I’m using them all the time, but I tend to forget these good practices sometimes.

    About the first tip, I was using a software called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. But after reading Neil’s article, I’ve tried Google Docs voice typing and I’m surprised by its quality, even in my tongue (French). I think I will use it for my next post.

    Thank you again, Neil!

  34. John Hopperman :

    Hi Neil,

    Fantastic post! I would love to read a similar post/guide on hiring writers.

    I have recently contacted several writers and one of them told me he would charge me $280-$300 for writing a 500-word article. In terms of cost per word, this is around $0.56-$0.6/word. I was shocked to say the least. He is some what of a thought leader who seems to be popular on Twitter with 30K+ followers.

    Do you think that is fair and is this sort of the going rate that I should expect when hiring writers?

  35. Write a meaningful content is seriously not an easy job, it definitely takes our long time. what I do before write content collect all possible information about the topic then start writing it helps but the other side it normally takes a 2-4 hours the point here is that behind a 600 words article writing approximately 6 hours I had spent, I think it is more than a limit or limit crossed but deciding a topic and make an attractive title generally takes around 2 hours.
    Anyway, thanks Neil for the surprising tips to improving writing skills. we can manage time by deciding a slice of time for a particular task like the topic, title, and content. I know the topic is all about only the content I just trying to share the other related issues which I faced.

    • Writing meaningful content is far from easy, as it requires you going through the creative process. There were times in my past where I would write for hours and hours, sometimes days.

      However, over time you get better and better and it becomes easier.

      Glad these tips were helpful Brucode!

  36. Hi Neil,

    I skim through almost all your blogs but this one I did read maybe because it has been a concern. When we write about the technology we market, all the research and over enthusiasm often makes us lose sight of what we want to convey. A balance also has to be maintained between being prolific and perfectionist. Limiting the time and being sacrosanct about the deadlines is an important advice which most of us in India tend to overlook.

    I like the tips on narration. I also think having a Template prior to writing helps especially when a large volume of content has to be churned. Look forward to your blogs. Keep them coming.

    Regards,
    VT

    • Yes, it goes to that saying, if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail

      Glad these tips were helpful Vijaya, let me know how they work out for you

  37. Neil, what are the best ways to SEO your content. Is it simply to use the same keywords over and over? URLS etc?

    • The best way to SEO your content is to focus a 1-2 keywords and write high quality content that feels natural

  38. Another great post Neil. Thank you for sharing.

  39. Good read. Finding a good & unique topic to write is hard these days. These are just a lot of people writing a lot on the same topic. Need to spend quality time to do research and differentiate our content.

  40. Sandeep Dahiya :

    I took a job as digital marketer in an agency and one part of my job is to manage blog and outreach program for an eCommerce. Now, I am not a good writer and I have always considered myself as more of a technical marketer. Being the face of outreach program, I always have to generate massive amount of content at very short notice and I was able to do so just by managing my time more efficiently and having the topics ready before I actually start writing.

    I started taking train to work and this gives me 40 minute or something to think of topics I am going to work on later that day. I usually note those on my phone. I have created a whatsapp group where I am only participant and use this group as my to-do list. I will note all the topics during travel and will start working on draft as soon as I am at my desktop. I try to finish 4 article per day and will send them for proofreading. I make a lot of grammar mistakes and although I am working on improving my writing skills, this is how I ensure that all work we do for a client is 100% accurate until I am 100% sure of myself.

    • Sandeep Dahiya :

      and BTW, trains are cheaper, eco-friendly and way more fun than traveling to work by car.

    • Good job Sandeep! It sounds like you’re making the more effective use of your time. It’s okay if you make a lot of grammar mistakes and such, that’s part of the process. Keep being consistent with this strategy and you’ll begin to notice improvements everyday.

  41. Nice post! My kids are always using the talk to text function on their computer’s. It’s about time I give it a try. Thanks for the tips.

    If you’re looking for some where to guest blog, please visit my website at epicinteractivemedia.com. Also feel free to read my blogs and comment, share and add yourself to my social media accounts.

    Thanks again Neil!

    • It should help you save a ton of time and finally get all those thoughts in your head, out of your head!

  42. Thanks Neil for the excellent suggestions. In particular, tip #1 is a game changer for me.

  43. Nilantha Jayawardhana :

    Hey Neil, Great post, (of course). Thank you for sharing.

    All of points you showed is very important for almost every blogger who wants to grow their blogs.

  44. I’ve grown fond of text to speech lately. It allows you to delve deeper and wider into subjects. Your mind is only focused on being creative and not using thought power to do a repetitive task.This is an amazing tool until thought to text becomes a thing. Anyway, we generally think in words anyway, so it’s almost as well.

    Thanks for the article, not a “content creator” by trade, but I think we all are in our fields and lives. I found this to be applicipable to me.

    • I can’t wait for thought to text to become a thing. I think Hooli was doing that in the Silicon Valley show

  45. Neil, this is GOLD! Thank you..

    PS: I’m a Lakers fan too;)

  46. Hiya Neil,

    Thanks for the heads up. I have learned a lot today and from this point onward, there will be a huge difference in the way I create my content.

    I used to drift back and forth when creating my content before now, in other words – I used to edit as I type instead of me finishing the typing first before editing. 🙂

    But now I now know that it is bad to edit while creating the post.

    Thanks a million. Thumbs up.

    • You’re welcome Edos, glad this has been helpful.

      Let me know if you notice an improvement with your content speed

  47. Chrstine Mendez :

    Thanks Neil,
    I’ve been struggling with creating content for my niche since it’s extremely boring, and there is not much to write about. I have booked-marked this for sure!!!

    KEEP THEM COMING!

    • I know it can become monotonous at times, but that’s when I suggest taking a walk, go into nature, get inpsired

  48. Neil,
    I’ve been thinking about this for awhile.
    How has Marie Forleo built her website? Her posts and emails are once per week and under 500 words.
    If I had to guess, she started earlier when it was easier and leveraged affiliate partnerships.

  49. Tayyub Ibrahim :

    Never thought about narrating before. Thanks Neil.

  50. I do follow the write first, edit later

  51. I’m not a writer so it helped me a lot. Because many time I determine to write myself as the writer can’t think like me. I’m going to try all those steps.

    Thanks Neil.

    • I know what you mean, I wasn’t a writer before either. Over time it became more and more easy for me

  52. Really appreciate the “work 25 mins & break 5 mins”… it’s helpful for me.
    Thank you Neil.

  53. These are some of the best tips that will help in writing. Many times it happens that we don;t get the proper start and it then results in losing confidence. Your tip on starting the content from downwards is a good one. We have to start from where we have knowledge and then in the same flow we get to cover the whole topic. Taking breaks is also important as it will free up your mind for a while and let you think some innovative ideas. Thanks for sharing these tips with us Neil.

    • Exactly, you just need to go through the painful process of going forms sucking to being okay to getting better to crushing it 🙂

  54. Hannah Tecott :

    Hey Neil. Good suggestions in here. Another way to help you produce more content consistently is to leverage tools that automate content discovery, production and distribution. While it’s now standard practice for marketers, content marketing is now a much more complex process than it used to be, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to do effectively without using automation and tools.

    • It’s all about creating high quality content. When you can accomplish producing successful content through the creative process, you’ll find the marketing infinitely easier

  55. As usual, really great post. However, I can’t believe that you’re churning out these incredible posts this fast! It takes quite a bit of time to research and organize your thoughts, not to mention the amount of time it takes to create the graphics that go along with your post.

    As far as the graphics are concerned, wouldn’t you have to tell the person who is creating the graphics for you how you wanted the work done? That would take quite a bit of time.

    Is it a good practice to re-purpose your content into eBooks and other info products? If so, would it be a good idea to outline blog posts ahead of time like a book and use that as a framework for a series of posts?

    That way you could possibly use that material to turn it into an info product, right?

    Anyway, once again, another mind blowing post from the dude that’s a total inspiration to all of us fans.

    Thanks so much for sharing, my friend!

    • I have a team who helps me put the content together now, so it saves me a ton of time. It wasn’t always this way, but as the blog grew more successful, I invested more money and as a result became much more effective with my time.

      I wouldn’t just duplicate the same thing, but rather, chunk it up or down

  56. I just want to thank you for this post, Neil. Creating content is nice but creating content on a regular basis can become an anxiety on its’ own.

    I especially like the setting a time limit.

    Some weeks ago, I was basically writing everyday and every time I have but it seems like I take forever to publish anything. Then I decided to make a better writing process.

    Basically, I just restrain to writing for only 1 hour in the morning. Believe it or not, I am much more efficient now. And the best part is that I am more able to automate the process and save energy on other parts of the business.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Anh

    • As you grow and need to create more content, you’ll learn to put together a team who can contribute and help you build your vision.

  57. Leonardo LaVito @ LargerList.com :

    Some great tips here Neil, for amping up our ROTS (return on time spent) creating content! 🙂

    “If you have any other unconventional tips that you’d like to share, I’d be really interested to hear them.”

    Well, I have a lot, but here’s one that I think is really important.

    1) instead of creating content faster, consider creating less content.

    In other words, create less content, but make it denser in terms of value.

    less content, more value.

    Basically, the less content you need to create, the more quickly you can create it. 😉

    In order to do this though, it’s vital to drill down to what value really is for your audience.

    For example, I was talking about the other day about a famous cartoonist who decided to not draw any backgrounds in his cartoon strips.

    “People don’t read comics for the art.” is what he said many years later at the pinnacle of being the best in the world in his particular niche.

    He got what value really meant for his audience.

    People read comics for the story / laughs. Not for the artwork.

    Other cartoonists were spending a ton of time creating more artwork, better artwork, more detailed backgrounds, more detailed characters.

    When actually, the audience really didn’t care about any of that.

    • I love that approach Leo and that’s a great story validate your point. I think it’s critical to constantly have audience feedback and iterate your process along the way

  58. Hi Neil, These are awesome tips, I have read all of them and found them useful..
    Thanks for sharing these with us…

  59. One of the biggest mistake I use to make is, start a notepad to write and then think of subject I want to focus but now your first point formula make me write full effective article…
    Thanks

  60. Bhuboy Villanueva :

    Thanks for this great tips, I agree that we must also improve our typing skills, its no use to come up with good ideas and thoughts and words if our finger cant catch up, it will slow us down

  61. Hello Neil, Thanks for sharing the tips
    Yes, it is 100% true, content marketing is a necessary part of digital marketing.
    I agree with you that high quality content on a regular basis is hard.

  62. I just needed this article. Trying to learn how to type faster. I already have a tomato-timer and a voice recorder. Didn’t know about Google… typing app. Thank you!

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  64. Quite Interesting. Thank You Neil

  65. Fabian Pontén Söderlind :

    WOW that Voice Typing Tool on Google Docs is so cool 😀 And such a good tip!

    Thank you Neil for another great post!

    KeyHero was also a lot of fun:

    Speed:
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    Accuracy:
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  66. Parth Misra :

    Thank you for the awesome tips Neil! Speech to text software are really helpful to get that first draft out of the way. My favorite is Dragon Naturally Speaking, never realized Google added this to Docs.

    One technique I have found particularly useful is creating content as though I was writing an email to my buyer persona. For some reason, my ideas and thoughts flow far more naturally when I am writing a letter than when I am in “content writing” mode. In fact, prefer creating that first draft in Outlook instead of Word 🙂

    • Dragons a great product Part.

      Well keep me posted with how this strategy continues to work out for you or if you have any questions I can help with.

  67. sarfraz khan :

    Very unique tips. I must use them on my new blog.

  68. Well you’re producing such lengthy and detailed content within such short period of time, actually have no idea how to measure your experience at all.

  69. superb post Neil,
    I am a newbie to blogging and freelance content writing, this article helped me out with the awesome tips and suggestions, i am glad that i was dropped on to this blog, thanks for sharing the post.

  70. Muslimah Triyati :

    Hello Neil this article very useful for writers to be more profesional especially for beginner like me. May this article help us.

  71. nice post. I read all those words in this post about content creation. I too checked my wpm in the keyhero site. thanks for sharing such a valuable content creation tips.

  72. Jeff Stephens :

    Hi Neil

    I was waiting for number 6 the whole time I was reading. I find it most effective to simply write my blog post and let it flow naturally before I even consider cleaning it up and editing it. This also helps in that when I’m editing I can concentrate fully on just the editing part. That also allows me to add colorful language and to enhance my content beyond the initial cut.

    Great tips here as usual!
    – Jeff

  73. Wonderful article. Thanks so much Neil. It really helped me lot 😀

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    When I have writer’s block I START IN THE MIDDLE of my article. That way I don’t have to worry about how to start what I want to write. Once in to the flow I can generally finish very quickly and circle back to the start. Works most of the time.

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  77. Hi Neil,
    Do you write the article title before or after editing?
    Cheers!

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