The lazy person’s guide to writing great copy – fast!

I love me my catnaps!

I love me my catnaps!

Would you rather be hiking a wooded trail rather than writing your latest blog post?

Or taking a quick catnap on the couch?

Or catching up with friends?

You can. You just need to learn how to write content the lazy way.

“Lazy” doesn’t mean that you write poor-quality content. Or you don’t write at all. It means training your writing brain to write top-notch content, faster.

Writing more efficiently has some pretty cool benefits. If you freelance, this means more money in your pocket. If you work in-house, this means you can tackle more projects more quickly and move work off your desk.

I’ve outlined the 5-step process I follow and what I teach other writers. If you follow these 5 steps, you can write a blog post in one hour or less. That should give you plenty of time to do the things you really enjoy.

Yes, you can do this. Even if you’re new to the writing life.

Here’s how to do it.

- Gather everything you need before you start writing.

When I say “everything” I mean “everything.”  You’ll want easy access to client interviews, product/service information, any notes you’ve taken and the competitive research. Having to stop what you’re writing to research one more keyphrase or check one more site is a huge time suck – plus, it breaks your flow.

- Don’t start writing until you’ve let the information “percolate.”

I spend about 10 minutes reviewing the material, making notes and determining how to approach the benefit statements or slant. If I have a brainstorm, I may even write some quick copy snippets. The goal during this phase isn’t to write the page. You just want to get some initial ideas on paper. Once you’ve finished …

- Set a time limit and write your copy.

Have you ever started writing a page around noon and – at 6 p.m. – it’s still not done? It’s a frustrating and tiring experience. Instead, set a timer for 25 minutes and write your draft. Don’t get into editing mode. Don’t worry if your paragraph structure is perfect. Just write. You’ll have time to edit it later.

(As a side note, it’s amazing how well we can write when there’s a time limit in place. There’s something about a ticking timer that gets our brains in gear.)

- Walk away from your draft.

Don’t edit it right away. Let it sit. You can come back to it in a couple hours, or even the next day.

- Tighten up your draft and send it out.

Again, I like to set a timer. I’ll review the content twice, spending 25 minutes each time. By the end of the second time block, I have a good-to-go final draft.

The more you tighten up your writing process, the easier it will be to write more content, faster. Finally, you’ll have more time for things you enjoy. Like sleeping. Or stepping away from your laptop and heading outside.

Have fun!

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Photo thanks to Mark Vegas