About The Speed Writer
How long does it take you to write 150 words? An hour... two? How about 5 minutes? Welcome to the world of speed writing.
As the name suggests, speed writing is producing writing much faster than you are used to. It's about trying to blast out as much text as possible against the clock.
This is not about typing faster... it's not typing speed that slows most people down.
The major idea is that the number one thing that slows down your writing is stopping to think. The Speed Writer tools lets you splits up the thinking and writing, so that you can blast through writing tasks at astonishing speed.
Speed writing doesn't just get work done fast. Paradoxically, it also creates text that is easier to read and better quality. Because you are not stopping to think, what you write ends up sounding more like what you would say if you were talking out loud. After all, you don't spend minutes thinking out a response in a conversation... it just flows. Speed writing lets you do the same thing through typing.
Using The Speed Writer Tool
There are three main preparation steps. This is the "thinking" bit. By the time you are ready to write, you should have done your research and have a fairly good idea of the subject.
Firstly, split your target word count into blocks of 150 words. So, if you have to write 1,000 words, that's about 7 blocks.
Secondly, for each block choose a question to answer (rather than a title). This is because you'll find it's much easier to write in response to a question than just a title. (e.g. which is easier to respond to: "Election of Barack Obama" or "Why was the election of Barack Obama significant?")
Finally, choose at least 3 words (preferably 4 to 6) that you want to include somewhere in the text. This will come from your research. One of these words will appear in the first sentence. As you type, these will be crossed off about the text box.
So, you should have a question for each block, and 3-6 words under each.
Then, you're ready to go...
On the next page (click the link above to go there now) you'll choose your typing speed, then enter your question and words.
When the speed writer appears, start typing immediately... and don't stop. There are two bars at the top - the time bar, and the word bar. The word bar will increase as you type. The aim is to keep it ahead of the time bar. This race will keep you motivated. You have to type 200 words before the time runs out. Remember to use the words/phrases you entered. Use one in the first sentence to get you started.
Don't edit as you write. Just keep going, and try to resist the temptation to edit spelling and grammar mistakes - that's why you're going to type 200 words, so you can edit down later.
Once the time is up, or you have your 200 words, go back and edit down to about 150. You'll actually find your writing needs less editing than you'd think.
Highlight the text, then copy and paste this into a Word document (or equivalent). Finally, click the link at the bottom to start your next block and repeat the process.
So, give it a go. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can produce quality writing.
Quite A Thought: If you were to do this ten times a day, you'd be able to write a full novel in 2 months!