As much as I love writing and sharing my experiences with you all through Fashion and Style Police, I must admit that there was a time when I struggled with publishing a blog post so regularly. It’s funny how it changed so quickly with constant practice. Now I put out a new blog post every day. This may seem really overwhelming for many of you reading this, but what if I told you I sometimes spend 30 minutes on some articles I write?
During my hours, days and months of trial and error, I was able to develop a system that helped me create blog posts faster and more efficiently without compromising quality.
I assure you that this process is easy once you practice it consistently. But I must warn you that you have to be very patient and gentle with yourself while applying this process. It took me a while to get a hang of it.
Here is my exact content creation process.
Your speed of writing a blog post depends most on the work you put in before actually putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.
It’s so much easier to write a blog post quickly when you have a good grasp of the information you want to share. If you’re already an expert in the topic you are about to blog about, that’s even better but don’t completely discard the research stage even if you know A-Z of your topic. There’s always something new to share.
Create an outline
The outline serves as a roadmap. It forms a skeleton of your blog post. Research coupled with a really good outline means that you’re done with 70 percent of the blog post.
An outline has all the subtopics and points you want to talk about in your blog post. All that’s left is for you to fill in the blanks.
For me, it takes about 10 minutes to create the outline. What I do is come up with a topic then break the topic up into subheadings or points depending on if I’m writing an essay or a listicle. Each item in the outline is a sentence summing up what I want to write about.
Free write or dive into automatic writing mode
This is where the magic happens. Remember all those one-line sentences you wrote in your outline? In this stage all you have to do is expand on each of those sentences. Allow the one-line sentence to inspire the paragraphs that follow. Don’t overthink your words or sentences. Just write what comes to mind. I basically free write my way though my outline. To help me boost my speed, I also set 30 minutes on my timer.
Don’t edit. Just allow the words to flow. The reason why people spend so much time writing a blog post is because they over think the sentences and edit while writing. In this stage let your hands take control and write as it comes.
Once your 30 minutes is up re-read the article, edit and add references where you think it’s necessary. You may add personal stories into your blog post but make sure you do this after your 30 minutes is up so you don’t get carried away from the main material.
How long does it take you to write a blog post? Please share any tried and tested tip.
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