How Typing Skills Help you to Become a Good Content Writer

When I was a freshmen in high school I took the mandatory typing class. Every day I would sit down at the computer and stare at that little green cursor.

These were OLD computers with just one color. Puke green on a black background. Ohhhhh. The days of high school :)

I spent weeks learning each letter one by one until I could put them into actual sentences. At first... it was painful. Like learning a foreign language. I caught myself looking down at my hands every few seconds to see if I was hitting the right key.

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But day by day I got a little better. And soon I was able to write an entire paper without looking down at the keys. That was a pretty special day. In fact, it was one of the few times in high school where I thought...
"Ya know - this could actually come in handy." Because I was pretty sure I would NEVER use calculus or even look at the periodic table ever again.

But the typing class and my English class have proven to be quite profitable. In fact, I should probably send a few royalty checks to my English teacher.

That would probably freak her out :) But still... It doesn't always come easy. Sometimes I can whip out an email in 10 to 15 minutes. Other times it takes over an hour. Just being REAL with you.

But there are a few tricks that  help me crank out at least 1,000 words per day.

1. Write FASTER.
I know. This one sounds too simple. But there's something magical that happens when you simply
force yourself to keep writing! 

I don't even care if you write gobbledygook. Just keep those fingers moving. Eventually you'll get into what I call the "flow". Sometimes it takes a few pages. But I promise you'll get there.

And that's when the good stuff just starts oozing off the page. But you have to be willing to START.
Just start typing. Write a few pages. Do some journaling. And watch what happens :) Eventually - you'll get to the good stuff.

For me... it's usually around page 2 or 3.

2. Create a quick outline before you start writing.
Before I write my emails, I first come up with the overall theme. Story. And possibly even the lesson I want people to take away from reading it. Jot down a few bullet points about what 
you want to talk about. Nothing fancy. Just a few quick ideas. Once you have a general idea of what you want to write about. Now it's time to get crackin!

Put those fingers on the keyboard and just start typing. Set the timer for 10 minutes and do NOT
let your fingers leave the keyboard. Write until the timer goes off. Then... and only then... can you look up to see what you wrote. I bet you'll be surprised just how  good it is when you're NOT so worried about actually making it "good". For the first draft, you must write without thinking. No backspaces. No pondering.  Just WRITE! And my final tip...

3. Read Voraciously. 
Nothing good comes out of the 'ol noggin if you don't put good stuff into the engine. You must feed your brain a daily diet of  inspiring, interesting content.

This can be fiction, non-fiction, podcasts, blog posts, etc... But keep feeding your brain. It's the ONLY way to grow your writing "muscle". Good stuff will only come out IF you put good stuff in.

This is why I often like to start my day by reading just 20 to 30 minutes. Or going on a walk while listening to a podcast or audio book. There's something about moving and listening to something educational that always seems to get the wheels turning.

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But that's my process...
1. Write FAST.
2. Create a bullet-point outline.
3. Read Voraciously.

Follow these 3 tips and your writing will get a LOT better. Everything from emails to blog posts.
The more content you create, the more you know how to be a good content writer.

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