When you are writing an e-book how long does it take you? Would you like to be able to write faster without losing quality in your writing? I’m going to give you seven ideas you can use to write high quality articles and save time doing it.
1. (Be comfortable — really comfortable). If you are most comfortable in your office with a quiet symphony playing in the background or are most comfortable sitting in the swimming pool on a bright sunny day then that is what you should do. Writers do their best when they are in an environment that makes them feel good. This happens both in the quantity of work and the quality of work that gets done.
2. (Get rid of your distractions). All of your distractions need to be eliminated. This may seem impossible but it needn’t be. For instance, if you work at home and have kids, try sending them to daycare even if for only one day a week. Alternately, you could try working during their nap times or at night when they are in bed. It’s important to be able to continue a train of thought and eliminating distractions is one of the best ways do this. It is said that for some people this takes care of writers block problems.
3. (Speed up your typing). If you can’t type 45 wpm, consider taking a typing class or get a speech recognition program such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Since most people think much faster than they type, their fingers slow them down. By speeding up your typing, you will be able to continue your thought process and make your writing much more enjoyable.
4. (Use a mind map). By using a mind map such as PersonalBrain, you can speed the process of writing an e-book. A mind map lets you visually see and organize your thoughts ahead of time and as you go along. It also lets you see where your connectors should be — at a glance.
It’s also a great tool for future projects where you might incorporate some of the same ideas. I found this to be one of the most important tools I have.
5. (Spellcheck it later). Spellcheckers are important for any e-book. You want to lend credibility and professionalism to your e-book. The problem with spellchecking is it can slow you down and can break your train of thought. Performing tasks like this while you’re writing adds a lot of speed bumps to your writing process. The best thing to do is do you’re spellchecking after your work is done.
6. (Proof read later). Many writers want to proofread after they are done with each page or chapter. Don’t make a habit of this. If it becomes a habit, you can totally interrupt and stop your writing. You might get on a roll and feel like writing more which is good. But, if you stop and proofread at the end of a paragraph or a chapter, you have just missed everything up. After you are no longer in the mood to write, then proofread. You might even want to wait until the e-book is done before you proof it.
7. (Set a time limit). Yesterday I read a Warrior Forum thread from a guy who couldn’t get things done. Nathan Faulkner had a spot on answer:
“Having “all the time in the world” is problematic, because it’s easy to push things off for “later” or to get caught up doing things on forums or elsewhere and not actually get anything done.
Try this… set aside just ONE HOUR wherein you’ll focus on your work. I’ve been a fan of using this little online “timer” that I can program to sound an alarm at the end of a predefined amount of time:
(Note: The above url may not be active by the time you read this. In that case do a search for web timers.)
Maybe try starting with 30 minute increments and say to yourself that you’ll create an entire review page or whatever it is that you’re doing that works. Force yourself to rush and to get it done before the alarm goes off, etc. I hope this helps!”
When you can speed up your writing, you will enjoy it more and you will write more e-books and better e-books. Use the above tips and become better at what you do.