So every year I pump out another 1 million + words online.
Every month I crank out at least 90K words in just blog posts. I do a bit of writing above and beyond this as well but not enough to really measure or anything. That 1 million words per year is pretty much it.
But you know what is really amazing? That one million words only takes me about 6 weeks.
What do I mean by that?
In six weeks, and working 40 hours per week, I can crank out over 1 million words on the keyboard.
That is 70 words per minute. I suppose I type faster than this, but that is how fast (70 wpm) I compose articles and publish them. I write, edit, and publish at a rate of 70 words per minute.
I imagine that I can actually type a little bit faster than that. Sometimes I pause for a second and think before I pound the keys again (but not very often). I should fire up the old Mavis Beacon typing test and find out some time.
I played around with Dragon Naturally Speaking and I cannot really beat this 70 wpm composing speed. I mean, if I just talk about anything I can do better than 70 wpm with dictation. But I cannot really think that fast. When I am typing I can think about what I am going to write in the next sentence while my fingers are cranking out the current sentence. When I am dictating verbally my brain is distracted and it cannot think ahead as well to the next sentence. Therefore when it comes to real world results I can actually type faster than I can dictate.
So my normal routine is to write for 45 minutes per day and do 3,000 words. Then it’s quitting time. That is my routine.
When I first started I was not this fast.
If you want to learn how to write blog posts this fast then I have a few tips for you.
Let’s not waste time here.
This is the stuff that increased my speed like crazy:
1) Outline post the day before. I always do 5 subheadings plus the article title. That’s it. Usually I set up 7 of these every Sunday for the week. Takes me maybe a half hour to set these up for a full week of blog posts. I suppose this is “cheating” a bit but who cares….it is a wonderful process and it helps a TON.
2) Routine. I write at the same time every day, no questions asked. The idea of “writer’s block” is non existent for me. I sit down and pound the keys. No excuses. Writing at the same interval every day helps a lot with this. Do it for long enough and you are well trained.
3) Timer. Get an egg timer, like the kind in your kitchen. I used to set mine for 60 minutes and I would crank out a 3,000 word post. What happened though is that I kept going over, doing like 3,200 words or even more. So I reduced the time, minute by minute. Right now I am down to 45 minutes and I am still hitting 3,000 words every single session. I don’t think I will push it much more but honestly I bet I could. And I think anyone can. Just set that timer, hide your real time word counter (it will distract you) and then stop writing when the timer goes off.
Quality control issue: The main complaint about this strategy is that it produces lousy quality. I don’t see it that way at all, and I don’t think that “quality” or deeper thinking is necessarily rewarded a great deal on the web at this point. Or perhaps it is? Either way you can easily judge the quality of this “speed writing” technique by what you are reading here. In fact the quality of this article is probably a bit low because I did not outline it beforehand and I am just shooting from the hip.
Ultimately I just wanted to pass on the egg timer tip. It is golden if you want to increase speed. I was not even trying to increase my speed really, I just wanted a way to stop glancing at my word count and agonizing over how much longer I had to write for. So I incorporated the egg timer. Now it just flies by like nothing.
Get an egg timer.
Set it and write.
Stop when it goes off.
Do this every single day and YOU WILL GET FASTER.
I guarantee it.
You will learn to push yourself to focus more, to type faster, to organize and outline posts better beforehand.