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It’s true that you can’t rush perfection, but sometimes, things call for speed and efficiency. As a writer, inefficiency can be limiting. Yes, you need to be able to meet your deadlines, and you may even lose a few readers if you don’t deliver the next eagerly-awaited installment as they expect. What you lose through inefficient writing isn’t necessarily even about the readers, it’s about the writer themselves. As an author, you are brimming with ideas, and efficient writing enables you to put all of them down on paper. Writing too inefficiently comes at the expense of all the great books or advice or stories because your great potential dies by never getting shared at all. With this in mind, today’s blog will cover how you can consistently write faster.

Designate writing hours

Everyone has their peak hours where they are the most productive, and to maximize your writing, it’s a good idea to find that time for yourself. Are you a morning person or a night owl? Are you something in between? Finding these peak hours is important because you can’t get serious writing done when you’re groggy and unfocused. This writing window should be a good time for both your body and mind, and you’ll find that you can get more work done faster. While some people may find that morning hours work for them, this isn’t true for everyone. Try writing at different times throughout the day to see what’s best for you. 

Set a goal

Often times, the most productive period comes at the beginning when you are still at your peak motivation and have the excitement for your project. Unfortunately, sustaining motivation can be difficult. It takes time to write a good book, and it’s not uncommon for authors to experience burnout. Setting goals gives you something to work towards and can help you maintain that motivation. Stick to a concrete word count minimum for each writing day. These daily goals provide you with enough structure to keep you motivated. Make sure that you set a realistic goal for your project, as not all writing is created equally. 

Be prepared

Having a good, detailed outline is one way to write more productively and avoid writer’s block. The more you plot your ideas, the easier it will be to put them down on a page. When you’re planning your scenes or chapters, jot them down with sufficient detail. When it comes time to write, you’ll already have your scene ready in mind. The goal with an outline is to give yourself a guide you can follow from start to finish to avoid hitting walls and getting sidetracked.