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10 Rapid-Fire Tips for Writing 2,500 Words per Hour

by Mark Messick  |  
January 11, 2016

Most people can't write fast. I'm not one of those people.

In this article I'm going to reveal my top 10 tips for writing at speeds of up to 2,500 words per hour.

Ready? Let's dive right in.

1. It's All About That Love...

My passion for writing has helped me boost my hourly word count. I truly love writing. Even if I had unlimited money and never needed to earn another dollar again... I would still write.

(My advice to new writers? If the money is more important than the message, you shouldn't be a writer.)

If you want to be truly good at your craft, you need to be passionate about it, because that passion will help you do what it takes to write twice as fast as someone who isn't passionate about writing.

2. The Perks of Noise

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Mark Messick is the author of dozens of books. He's also 16 years old. Learn more about Mark at Deranged Brilliance.

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  • by Ford Kanzler Mon Jan 11, 2016 via web

    Agree completely with "write now, edit later."Attempting to edit while writing can really slow writing down. Get the stuff out of your head and on to the page. Unclear on the speed and volume aspect of this article. Faster and more doesn't at all equate to better.
    Strongly suggest having lots of background from which to pull. something like the "indirect plagiarism" that's mentioned. But equally important is knowing where you're going with the content you're developing. Outlining or at least listing concepts or topics to be covered can speed up the process. This works for me in non-fiction writing. Guessing fictional development would also benefit from mapping out where the story is heading.

  • by bjdooley Mon Jan 11, 2016 via web

    Ah, then there's dictating to a DVR and running it through Dragon. Requires a different kind of concentration, but it can be extremely fast and accuracy is sufficient to get to initial draft. You do have to learn to speak writing, however, which is something of a new skill.

  • by Don Tepper Mon Jan 11, 2016 via web

    Some nice tips on how to make writing easier and more productive. But I think it misses perhaps the most important point (or points): Know where you're going with your writing. That is: Know what you're trying to say.

    Some people do this with detailed outlines. That doesn't work for me. Still, I have a pretty well-formed idea in my mind before I sit down to write. Usually, I've done interviews and research. For some writing, though, I base the content on what I know--my expertise in a particular area. By the time I sit down to begin writing, I have a fairly clear image in mind of the article. The length is often dictated by where the article will appear, or what its purpose is. Six hundred words for a blog? Three thousand words for a feature article? Within those confines, I know how many words I want to devote to clarifying or explaining the problem, and how many words I want to use covering the points, quoting the experts, and so on. I also know what I want the reader to take away from the writing.

    All of that's critically important. If I don't know those things, I don't have any direction or "shape" to the article. And it's very painful to try to develop a direction or shape once I'm immersed in it. It may be trite, but a good analogy is that of a road map (or Garmin, or MapQuest!). You can't just leave home with a vague destination in mind. You have to know where you're going, the distance, how long you have to get there, and the landmarks along the way.

  • by Joe Ray Mon Jan 11, 2016 via web

    Inspiring. The same applies to any art (I'm also a painter). As Salvador Dali once said: “Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • by Alexa Steele Wed Jan 13, 2016 via web

    I am 100% guilty of editing while writing, but the times when I do write steam-of-consciousness I tend to completely rewrite or even eliminate it when it comes time to edit anyway. I agree with Don, the most important thing is to know where your going, that's the fastest way to get there.

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