Is it taking you hours to finish a blog post and you just wish there was something you could do to write faster blog posts.
Trust me I know the struggle!
My first ever blog post took over 4 hours just to write.
And already there I sat down and thought “how can I learn to write faster?”
Because I knew that if I wanted to make a living of off writing blog posts and creating content online I had to speed up the process.
So I looked everywhere for information and after some time I now have 8 different things I do in order to write faster and make the process go a lot smoother.
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And in this post, I’ll be sharing those 8 tricks on how to write faster and how I went from spending over 4 hours writing my blog posts to now finishing them in just under an hour.
1. Research keywords
The very first thing I always do before creating any content – both on my blog or for my YouTube channel – is to do my keyword research.
That basically means to go in and look at the numbers for what other people are searching for within that topic.
This way you make sure you don’t spend precious time creating content that no one is going to search for anyways.
And of course this will not only help you reach more people but it will also help you write faster blog posts – which both sound very nice to me.
Google keyword planner
One of the ways I use to figure out what people are searching for is Google’s keyword planner.
It simply just give you the numbers of how many people searched for your specific keyword phrase in your chosen area.
Img of Google keyword planner
If enough people are searching for that topic it will also give you some suggested searches which is pretty cool as you maybe didn’t think of those other combinations at first.
Find keywords on Pinterest
Another way to do your keyword research is to do it through Pinterest’s keyword tool.
This tool will show you how many people are searching on your specific topic on Pinterest alone.
This is especially great if you’re using Pinterest to increase your traffic and reach more people.
If you want to know how to use the tool and start ranking in the top search results on Pinterest I made a video teaching you all that – you can watch it right under here:
2. Outline your post
Make an overview of what things you want to include in your post
When writing a blog post it can be quite difficult to figure out where to start – actually, I often find that it’s the process of starting rather than writing the whole post that is the hardest task.
You also often hear that putting on gym clothes is the hardest task of working out.
So how do we get to the gym without thinking about putting on the clothes? Or how do we start writing the blog post without thinking too much about what we’re going to include in it and how we are going to do it?
Well, that was my biggest struggle for the longest time and I finally found a way that works for me – on top of that it also helps me write faster!
So what do I do?
I outline my posts.
How do you outline a post?
What I mean by outlining my posts is that I sit down and write a list of things I want to include in my post.
For example, you can see in the picture here how I outlined this post before I started writing anything on it:
So I basically just map out the whole post in a list and then that list usually becomes the headlines of my posts later on.
Why does outlining the post help?
So why is it a good idea to outline your post and how does it help you to write faster?
Well, what I’ve seen from writing my posts like this is that it is way easier to actually start the post because you start with the obvious – what do you want to include in the post?
This way you don’t start with how you should phrase everything and therefore get overwhelmed by everything you want to share in your post.
Instead, you start with a smaller and more manageable task.
And very often I actually also feel inspired while thinking about what I want to include in the post that I start writing notes and phrases that I then on later use in the actual writing process.
This way you also don’t write a whole lot of content that you, later on, figure out you didn’t really need because you decided to take your post in another direction – if you outline your post first you will know exactly what direction to take the post which will make you write faster but also make the editing easier.
Lastly, I’ve also found that it’s just a lot easier to fill out the different headlines when you have everything already mapped out for you.
You don’t think too much about how you’re going to create the post when you can just fill out the different headlines as you want.
This trick has really helped me to write faster and also give me a better overview of my posts so the editing process isn’t too long either.
3. Fill out the headlines (write the post)
So now that we’ve outlined our post we’re ready to start writing our post or fill out all the headlines.
Usually, I just take a look at all the different headlines and start filling out the ones that inspire me the most.
Sometimes it’s headline number 7, then number 2 and afterwards number 5.
This way I don’t think about the post as a whole but instead, I break it down into smaller pieces and by the time I’ve filled out all the headlines the post is already done and ready to get published.
This really makes it a lot easier to finish the writing process and helps me write faster.
I also make sure to keep the keywords in mind while writing to make sure I make the post very searchable.
Of course, the focus keyword you choose in Yoast is the most important to include throughout your post but I also still keep the other keywords in mind just to make sure I fill the post with relevant words that people actually search for.
And to make it easier for me I usually insert all the keywords in a note in Google Docs so I can always look at them while writing and make sure I include them in my post.
Write the introduction last
Another thing I do to make sure I write faster blog posts is to write the introduction last.
I always find it so hard to start with the introduction – simply because I do not know what the post is going to be about yet.
Therefore I always write it as the absolute last thing so I know exactly what my post contains and what I should tease with.
This way I also make sure that I don’t have to go back and change it all the time which again will make me write faster.
4. Add images, ads and formatting
If you want to learn how to write faster blog posts the improvement is not only in the writing process itself.
It is also how you visually set up your post and how you make that process faster.
Therefore I always think about where I want my pictures, where there should be an ad and how I want to format the post in the end.
Where to place the ads?
Something I also think about when writing my blog posts is where I want to place my ads.
Because yes – I do have ads on my blog.
Somehow that whole topic of showing ads is viewed very badly but I don’t see it that way – I love sharing free content and in order to keep it free but still put food on the table I need some sort of payment.
Therefore I also place ads in my posts and I always make sure to think about the placing while writing the post.
I always add all the images I want to include in the post first and then I make sure to fill up the rest of the text with ads to make the post more visual and less text-heavy.
I simply just write ‘ad’ in-between two paragraphs to make sure I know exactly where to add them when setting up the post on my blog.
Doing this while I write the text once again helps me write faster blog posts.
Think about subheadings
Dividing your post into heading and subheadings really helps to make the post more visual and easier to read – therefore it’s also a great idea to think about how you want to divide your post already when you’re writing it.
If you think about the subheadings already while you write your post it will make the whole formatting process a lot smoother and just overall help you write faster.
5. Set a timer
Another trick I use a lot to help me write faster is to set a timer for when I should write.
Actually I don’t only use this trick to write faster blog posts but to almost anything I do.
I don’t know why but for some reason I just work better under pressure and can’t really seem to get started until I can literally hear the time ticking and my deadline coming closer.
I know that it sounds absolutely awful and very stressful but as for what I’ve heard from other people – I’m not alone.
Therefore I thought I’d share this little trick as it really helps me write faster.
I just set a timer to 10 or 20 minutes and then I don’t do anything else in that timeframe.
Afterwards, I will take a small break – sometimes I time that too to make sure I don’t get sucked up in the social-media-self-comparison-relatable-meme-sharing black hole that Instagram is.
6. Make grammar easy
A huge game-changer that has really helped me write faster blog posts is to get help with correcting my grammar.
You may not know this but my English grammar is actually pretty bad – I can barely spell and I used to Google almost every word I wrote.
And with posts between 2000-4000 words Googling almost every word can be pretty time-consuming.
Therefore I made an upgrade and installed Grammarly (link) which help me with both spelling and rephrasing my sentences.
And the good thing is you don’t even have to pay – they also have a really great free plan which you can try right here. (link to Grammarly).
7. Don’t try to sound smart
My biggest concern when writing a blog post used to be how I should phrase everything.
I so badly wanted to sound like I knew what I was talking about and at least just to sound like I knew how to speak English.
Therefore it would sometimes take me hours to rephrase things and make it sound better.
But at one point I had to stop and think about who I was speaking to?
I am speaking to women in their mid-twenties or start thirties who want to start a personal brand, grow their online following and make money from their hobbies.
These women are probably using their lunch break at their 9-5’s to read blog posts on how they can grow their blog through Pinterest.
And they for sure don’t want fancy sentences with their homemade granola or pasta leftovers – they want easy to read and relatable content.
And that’s what I give them – everyday talk language which is easy to read.
God, you can even dictate your blog posts today and make it sound very every day like – and that for sure will make you write faster!
So basically just forget everything you learned in school and just write!
8. Stop writing
Now my last sentence I ended with ‘just write’ and now the headline says ‘Stop writing’ and how are you not writing supposed to make you write faster?
I would be surprised if you weren’t.
What I mean is sometimes you simply don’t feel it – if you don’t feel it you shouldn’t force it.
Sometimes we just feel uninspired or maybe we just really need a break and that’s totally fine.
Just don’t try to force it if you really don’t feel like writing – you’ll find that the content you forced through just isn’t as good as if it came from an urge to write.
So take that break, watch that YouTube video, go for a run or eat that ice cream.
And then try again tomorrow.
And that my friends are everything I do to write faster and make the whole process easier.
All of these tips really helped me cut down my writing time and made me write faster
My first blog post took around 5 hours to write but after I started implementing these tips I finish in just under an hour.
So to just quickly sum up you need to:
- Do your keyword research
- Outline your post with headlines
- Fill out the headlines
- Think about the visuals in the post
- Set a timer to make sure you stay focused
- Get help to correct the grammar
- Just write in everyday language
- Remember to stop writing if you don’t feel like it