This is a guest article contributed by Steve Aedy.
Time is money. This expression is not new to anyone. We all know how valuable our time is. But pointing out the obvious is sometimes more hurtful than helpful.
We are already stressed about how long it takes to write a quality blog post. Imagining each expensive minute tick by, without anything to show for it is terrifying.
You have come to this blog post hoping to find ways to make your writing even more effective and profitable. We won’t insult your intelligence (or waste your time) by mentioning obvious tips like “write first and edit later”.
Instead, we’ll give you some insight to five great tools that will make the writing process easier – and, therefore, faster.
Use Your Inactive Brain
None of us use our brain to its fullest capacity. We don’t take advantage of all it has to offer. So many times it is sitting there, perfectly willing to do the heavy lifting, but we just brush it off. Confused? Let us explain.
You need to start using your downtime to think. Make your brain do double-duty. Trust us. It can handle it.
While doing menial tasks that require very little brain focus – like cooking dinner, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, taking a shower, exercising at the gym, sitting in a traffic jam – think about your blog post. Pre-write the post in your head. When you sit down to write, your post could very well be halfway finished.
Another prime opportunity to write your blog post is while you are sleeping. Before going to bed, spend a few minutes brainstorming a possible blog post idea. Let the idea percolate in your brain while you sleep.
Utilize A Desktop Application
It can be argued that your content management system’s WYSIWYG editor has everything you need to write a blog post. For the most part, that’s true. You can get by just fine with what WordPress or Joomla has to offer.
So why are we suggesting you spend your precious pennies on a desktop application? Because…
A desktop application can be used offline – which removes all the temptations of an online experience.
If you write your blog posts while online, there are just too many enticing things trying to lure you away. Your email inbox, social media accounts, and recent sports scores are just a click away.
If you don’t know where to begin shopping for a desktop application, consider one of these blog writing apps or a simple Text program will do too.
Zone In with Silence or Music
Many writers say they need silence to work at their peak performance. Sadly, silence is usually pretty hard to come by though investing in noise cancelling earphones can go a long way.
Another tip is to use music to drown out any distracting background noises. Plus, some soulful tunes can really get you in the zone. Create a playlist of wordless songs and give it a try.
Use A Timer / The Pomodoro Technique
Are you competitive? Want to transform your writing into a sport? Set a timer. Race the clock. See if you can write this post faster than the last.
Even if you aren’t competitive, a timer is a great writing tool. A timer will show you the stages of writing that take the longest. Once you have identified these inefficient steps, you can focus on how to make them shorter.
A simple stopwatch will do the trick. Resorting to the preprogrammed (or downloaded app) on your cell phone isn’t a great idea. You want to stay away from distractions, remember? You don’t want to be glancing at them every few seconds. Instead, try using The Pomodoro Technique / MyTomatoes. This 25 minute timer will help you track how long your writing takes.
Create An Outline
For shorter posts, an outline probably isn’t necessary. However, if you are writing a beastly long post, an outline is great. It will help you organize your thoughts, highlight the main points, focus your writing, and keep you on point.
The next time you feel under the gun to deliver quality content quickly, consider implementing these tools. If you know of any other writing tools we’ve left off the list, feel free to let us know.
About the author: Steve Aedy is an editor and content writing expert for FreshEssays.com, a company that provides custom essay writing service and help with academic research. As a writer, he specializes on the essays on history and modern literature. Follow Steve on Google+. Photo Credit: KatieKrueger via Compfight cc and mihtiander / 123RF Stock Photo.