And easy ways to overcome them.
You will notice that the 6 points mentioned here are all age-old problems faced by writers. With just a little pondering by taking a step back and shifting to a lower gear, the answers get clearer. Let’s see them one-by-one.
1. Unstructured thoughts.
When you don’t even spend a few minutes outlining your thoughts before you set to write, it takes a lot to finish writing your gig.
So first, outline your contextual ideas and then set out to expanding each described point with the snippet of wisdom.
2. Having never-ending thought processes.
This is a mental exercise. If you want to convey something, find that break-even point where your point gets conveyed and stop there. Don’t keep on repeating yourself with the same message in different words.
If there is a destination, there must be a finite distance. So, keep moving forward. Don’t travel the same roads again.
3. Editing while writing.
Ignore your spelling mistakes, grammar errors, sentence formations, and order of words, its synonyms, antonyms, etc. It’s OK. Just get your thoughts out to the paper (or) your computer screen.
Allow me to present to you a Software I crafted to get the thoughts out without the easy-succumbing to editing: VoicePaint. It’s available for download here. Just like the great guys who wrote the book ‘Rework‘ suggested (creators of Ruby On Rails), ‘I scratched my own itch.’ Hope you too find VoicePaint useful.
Another great tool I use and I would recommend using, especially after you finish writing with VoicePaint, is Grammarly (affiliate link). My favorite tool to ‘edit’ my written work. For a guide on how to use Grammarly, check this post here: Your Ultimate Guide to Grammarly.
4. Learning to type faster.
Well. This is a no-brainer. If you just use your index and thumb fingers to type – you will end up writing 100% slower than the rest of the people who type using faster typing skills.
Learn to type. Simple.
5. Re-reading what you have written.
Ah! This one is the best of all. It’s so notorious that it poses itself as a friend in need while eating away your precious time. Though occasional visits to read what you have written is OK, don’t linger on the written words for so long that you forget what you have set out to write.
6. Stop. Put an end.
When you start digging out more thoughts on what to write next, that’s the time to put the full stop. Don’t keep on extending the elasticity of your core idea until it stretches thin enough to get broken. Write your idea in a precise form, convey it and call it a day.
Like this very point. That’s it. No more thoughts about writing faster.