Tips for Article Writers to Save Time (Part 1)

When it comes to effective article writing, it pays to write with your reader in mind. This means creating helpful content. But you’ve also got to work at an efficient pace, or it will be too easy to avoid writing more articles in the future. Below are 10 timesaving tips for article writers:

1. Plan first, write second. The process of article creation involves thinking, planning, typing or speaking. Map out your article in advance. Think of the key points you want to include and keep it simple. When you sit down to create your article, simply describe each of the key points as quickly as you can. As your concept develops in your mind, capture it on the page. That’s the essence of article writing. Don’t judge your writing until your piece is complete. Get it done, then work to improve it. Planning first and then writing your articles utilizes both halves of your brain the way nature intended.

2. Be the expert. Speedwriting forces your mind to get to the good stuff without delay. You have an idea that you would like to convey in your article, and you want to do so effectively and efficiently. When you write it fast you tap into the essence of the concept, letting your creativity spill onto the page. Write it at a rapid speed and you’ll often astound yourself with the quality of material your mind generates. When you write slowly, you stifle your natural creativity. When you analyze and assess as you write, you make productive writing impossible. Write it first, then polish it after.

3. Set your target and stick to it. We’re all busy. But what happens is the days, weeks, months, and years slip by and sometimes we miss out on achieving the things we resolved to achieve at the start of the year. But a successful year begins with a successful day and that’s one that moves you closer to your objective. Decide how many articles you’re going to write on your specific niche and make it happen. The only problem you’ll ever have in getting it done is you. Don’t let anything (including yourself) get in your way and the results you want will have to be yours if you persist.

4. Schedule your weekly objectives. Fast article writing involves time management. Even at supersonic writing speeds, there’s still time involved in writing each piece. If you don’t manage your time, you’re setting up unnecessary blocks that will only impede your progress.

5. Make several titles. Highly productive article writing requires grouping several articles together and working on them concurrently. Make your goal of multiple articles attainable by creating the titles first. List 10 article topics in advance and you’re on the way to having them all completed. When your mind can visualize multiple sub-topics, you break through any resistance. Truth is… you are capable of much more than you probably imagine and you have plenty of unique, in-demand article ideas inside, just waiting to be unleashed.

6. Write constantly. There’s a myth that writing is hard. But it’s not actually. Thinking (or worrying) about it is much harder on you than actually sitting down and rolling up your sleeves. Writing is communication and effective writing is effective communication. Putting your thoughts and ideas into words that are instantly clear is what it’s all about and the more you do it, the more it becomes a natural form of expression for you.

7. Keep it simple. Explain things in a way that any reader can grasp. Use words that are easily understood. Make your article easy to read at a fast pace. What is it that you enjoy about good reading? When you enjoy your reading, one of the big reasons typically is that the book is well written. It’s simple… concise… clear… and maybe even clever. But it draws you in and you move through it fast. It feels like the writer created it effortlessly. Communicate the same way in your articles.

8. Make it routine. You can find time to write more articles – everyone can. If you really want to, you can squeeze in an extra 15 to 30 minutes a day, even with a jam-packed schedule. All you have to do is make it a priority. Look for opportunities to grab a few minutes here and there. Keep a notepad with you and use “found” time to generate new article ideas and outlines.

9. Use the expert in you. Article writing involves both sides of your brain. The left-brain is the logical side. Use it to outline your content and to edit later. The right brain is the creative and freewheeling part that’s used to express your thoughts, ideas and images into sentences and paragraphs. The right side is about getting your ideas onto paper in a coherent manner. Both sides of the brain are important to writing quality articles fast. If you can use both in harmony your writing will be efficient and organized. But when logic interrupts the creative flow, or when creativity goes off the rails, writing productivity and the clarity of your communication suffers.

10. Dictate. Your mind works faster than your fingers – that’s just the way it is. You can think faster than you can type. No one has fingers that can move across the keyboard as fast as they can form thoughts in their mind. Therefore your most productive article writing process involves a more direct expression of your thoughts. This is best achieved through your own voice when you speak your articles into a recording device or software, rather than write them in the traditional way.

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28 thoughts on “Tips for Article Writers to Save Time (Part 1)”

  1. Hemanth says:

    Hey John,
    Great tips. I agree with you planning and constant writing are the heart of blogging, I experienced it. If there is no constant writing, the blog will dead slowly. Thanks for the great article.

    1. John Rampton says:

      Anytime man, thanks for the comment!

  2. These are awesome tips, especially the planning and scheduling parts!

    Planning article topics ahead of time really helps me get things done easier, while the scheduling is something I need to work on.

    I don’t know if I want to write for my site daily or weekly or somewhere in between, but that is something that I should decide soon. It’s really up to what I can consistently work with.

    Thanks a bunch,
    -Gabe

    1. John Rampton says:

      The more often you write for your site the better it will show up in the Search Engine results.

  3. James Hughes says:

    Hi John

    Excellent blog post. Very good tips on article writing.

    What do you think about article submission software?

    Cheers

    James

    1. John Rampton says:

      I wouldn’t personally use and software for article building or link building… that’s me though.

      1. James Hughes says:

        Thanks John

  4. James M. says:

    I find myself wanting in the areas of #6 and #8. But I’m surprised at #10. I’ve tried writing using my iPhone but the idea of dictating never entered my mind. I think this is a very brilliant technique. I’ll have to try it soon.

  5. kaumini says:

    Nice post I read. Wish you all the best for write more and more

    1. John Rampton says:

      Thanks man, glad you enjoy my posts!

  6. Very nice article more and very useful for all bloggers
    for saving time we can write article step by step and also we manage our article in the brain before writing.
    Thanks for your support John

  7. faisal says:

    Awesome now how about how to evade writers block ?

    1. John Rampton says:

      Hire people at some of the great places out there…. http://blogging.org is a great one… also, read part 2!

  8. Thanks John — As a fulltime freelance writer knowing that I have to crank out a large amount of articles each week, it can be a bit stressful.

    Planning and getting into a routine is the best advice for any article writer. I wake up early, get one or two pieces done each morning then start getting ready for the day. Once the coffee is made, then I start writing out my pieces.

    Evernote is a great (and free) tool to plan and stay on task.

    Great tips,

    Andrew

    1. John Rampton says:

      Thanks for the comment Drew. Keep up the killer work. Being a freelance isn’t easy but does have awesome perks!

  9. Tom Southern says:

    John, thanks for this post. You gave us really good advice here, especially to write continuously and using dictation.

    I write articles even if I don’t intend posting them any where for practice
    and keep them stored in a file in case they come in handy for an actual post. This saves time too because I have articles ready.

    I dictate a lot of my ideas too because I don’t always have access to anything to write on or with. A lot of people have built-in mics on their phones these days too which means they can record ideas wherever they are.

    Planning is essential. Keeping a schedule of posts to write, when & where. This lets bloggers keep track of traffic coming to their blog after reading particular articles. It’s also important for managing social media promotion.

    The main thing is to keep writing, keep practicing. Both save time because they save on the leg work that goes into writing articles that send you targeted traffic.

    1. John Rampton says:

      Keep up the good work and post those topics that you’re saving…they could help people out!

  10. Wow man cool, I think writing is not so easy work of a writer but If anyone follows this tropic’s concept then he/she really can save time . I don’t know others but I am going to follow it from now. Great work and thanks a lot.

    1. John Rampton says:

      Keep up the killer work man!

  11. DylanC says:

    Thanks for the tips, John. This will definitely save me some time in organizing and writing my articles.

    1. John Rampton says:

      Glad that helped you buddy!

  12. Whitney says:

    I believe speaking in a way the reader can understand, is the most important thing. If you can’t speak on their level, all your work is pointless 🙂

    1. John Rampton says:

      So how did I speak to you, was it good? Was it at your level?

  13. John Ogrins says:

    Hi John…

    Had the pleasure of hearing you at Affiliate Summit in NY. Your advice is simple, direct, and easy to grasp and implement.

    I’m new to this industry so any good tips are welcome. Writing has never come easy to me because I’m always focused on not making grammatical errors. I’m constantly reading and re-reading my content so that by the time I’ve made my corrections my best ideas are gone before I’ve had the chance to put them to paper or word processor.

    The last part of your article mentioned recording your ideas because no matter how fast our writing or keyboard skills are we can think much faster.

    What is your opinion of the software – Dragon Naturally Speaking? Have you ever used it or know of anyone’s experience with it? Perhaps you can suggest another software that is comparable?

    To Your Inevitable Success…

    JfB

    1. John Rampton says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed my talk at #ase12 I’ve never personally used Dragon Naturally Speaking. I’ve started using the free tools that Google gives us!

  14. Ehsan Ullah says:

    One of the best way to write an article to save time is to put the editing work in last. I mean don’t edit the post while you’re writing because It’ll take time and you’ll lose ideas on that post.

    Thanks for sharing the great tips John.

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