12 most smart strategies to stop your writing woes

You’re staring at a blank page with nary a word to say, but your deadline looms. It’s OK, we’ve all been there. Here are some quick ways to get the words flowing.

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We can’t always predict how long something will take, but that’s not an excuse to discontinue doing what we love.

I love to write. That’s why it’s important to me to have an outlet to do so when I find the time.

Here are 12 activities that will help you write faster when your time is limited:

1. Take notes.

Not everything you write needs to be the length of an essay. Jot down quick notes during the day. I use Dropbox as a personal secretary that takes down all my memos.

2. Keep a journal.

Keep a journal on you at all times. Every time my plane is delayed you’ll see me writing in my diary. I never pack it; I prefer to write about my surroundings and feelings as they happen.

3. Record your thoughts.

Speaking your thoughts out loud doesn’t really count as writing. The trick is to go back over these messages at a later date and write them down. I find I can speak as quickly as I think.

4. Write for one minute.

I used to run writing drills when I was in college. I challenged myself to see what I could write in one minute. You can do this activity during a work break.

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