5 ways to write faster—and have more fun doing it

Wait. Throw away that outline, says writing coach Daphne Gray-Grant. Learn to ask the right questions. Stop disheartening yourself with negative writer talk. And have you tried a timer?

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“Ugh! This is terrible writing. This is so boring. My boss is really going to hate this.”

If an evil writing gremlin whispers such discouragements in your ear as you craft a story, borrow a page from writing coach Daphne Gray-Grant.

That evil inner voice is one of five commonplace roadblocks to writing well, she says in a Ragan Training session, “How to write twice as fast and havethree times as much fun.

To boost your writing speed—and your enjoyment of the task—follow this advice:

1. Don’t edit while you write.

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