Marie Forleo’s How To Write Fast: 8 Secrets To Better, Quicker Content Creation
After completing My 500 Words 31 Day Challenge and starting up my Personal Trainer Food Challenge, I was charged up to produce tons of content. Sadly, a week in, I failed miserably in eating a Personal Trainer Food lunch and dinner for 28 days straight. With that loss of momentum, content creation has hit the skids as well. To get me back on track, I turned to Marie Forleo, who Oprah Winfrey calls a thought leader for the next generation. She makes awesome, business and life advice videos on YouTube at MarieTV. Her How To Write Fast: 8 Secrets To Better, Quicker Content Creation was just what I needed.
Flip Your Script
Marie reminded us to analyze your internal script. If you keep saying you are a slow writer, you will be a slow writer. Coincidentally, I have been sharing with friends that it takes a lot of time and effort to produce my posts. I am subconsciously fulfilling my prophecy and my writing sometimes feels like a chore rather than a fun, passionate activity. Not only is this mindset great for improving your writing, you could actually apply this to other parts of your life. In the meantime, “I am a fast writer and enjoy the writing process!”
Begin With The End In Mind
Marie shared that she wanted us to have a highly actionable list of ways to write faster and a cool video to share with friends. With an end goal for your content, you can reverse engineer how to get there. This is a new concept for me as most of my content has no end goal. My recent posts have been capturing a slice of life or walking through a challenge I had. If I had to select a goal in hindsight, my content would be a theraputic, journal entry for me while providing an entertaining story for the reader. For this specific post, I am trying to create better content faster. I also wanted to share Marie’s very actionable advice and entertaining video.
Keep A Topic List
Marie called me out by saying, “You waste a ton of time thinking about what you should write about.” Guilty as charged. In my defense, I have been jotting down topics. The big problem is I need to turn the topics around quicker. As time goes by, the passion or urgency I felt for the topic wanes. What once was a hot off the presses headliner, feels like a dated, stale old newspaper clipping. I need to focus and execute rather than get distracted and put things on the back burner for too long.
Make It Short And Sweet
Marie made a great point about quality content doesn’t necessarily mean long. After going through the My 500 Words Challenge, a mini goal of mine was to at least write 500 words each time I post. I may be restricting myself with this arbitrary word count. Recently, I felt I was writing extra fluff just to hit 500 words. I need to remember quality trumps quantity.
Plan It Out
Marie spends one to two hours planning out her editorial calendar for the next 3 to 6 months. When I had a lot of momentum, I thought the day’s events would carry me through creating content and help me practice writing daily. But since I have been sputtering recently, I need to organize myself better. She makes a great point about not wasting time with unnecessary decision making. Just refer to a planned out editorial calendar.
Don’t Write And Edit At The Same Time
This tip is self explanatory. If you combine writing and editing, you slow the entire process down. I totally agree with Marie. If you spit everything out free form, writing flows easier. More importantly, editing really is easier with more content to work with.
Remember Mr. P’s Law
Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Marie advises to give yourself a time limit. This is also a new concept for me as all my recent posts had no time limit. That’s probably why some posts felt like I was writing forever. Come to think of it, I was using the 500 word limit as my time limit. Ishtar!
Be The Vessel, Not The Source
This was the hardest one to digest as it almost sounds metaphysical. However, this mindset is great “because it takes the pressure off and you don’t have to do everything by yourself.” You are just a vessel channeling good work through you.
Which tip is your favorite?
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