How to Write an Article in 20 Minutes

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I don’t really want to spend more than 20 minutes a day on writing articles. And I spent no more than 20 minutes to write this article.

I realize this is writing blasphemy. Internet marketing is powered by content, and content is king. But when I have a daily schedule to post on and a business to run, I don’t have time to spend hours polishing every single blog post or writing 2,000-word articles.

Writing quickly doesn’t mean compromising on writing well, though. I’ve got seven tips to get you in and out of that composition box in twenty minutes – without sacrificing quality.


1. Keep an idea list.

When inspiration for a post strikes, scribble it down in a notebook or a word file. For many bloggers and content creators, finding the topic to write about takes up half the time. Keeping an idea list lets you leap in to a new post quickly when you’re ready to write.

2. Let your ideas incubate.

If you try to force yourself to come up with supporting information for your brilliant idea right away, it’s going to take ages. Let that topic sit for a few days, though, and you can add new ideas as they occurs to you – and when you’re ready to write, you’ll already have all the supporting info you need.

3. Edit before you start

You’ve probably got twice as many ideas as you need at this point, so it’s time to be brutal. Cut out any supporting idea that doesn’t fit with the main topic of the article. Remember, we’re talking about how to write an article in 20 minutes, not an epic. You can always use the ideas you don’t need for later posts.

4. Use bullet points

Bullet points, or numbered points like “10 Ways to Get More Subscribers”, can make writing an article a lot simpler in terms of organization because you no longer have to figure out transitions from one idea to the next. The great side benefit is that readers like lists; they’re easier for the eye to follow.

5. Keep it short

If you want to finish that article in 20 minutes, try to keep it under 500 words. Don’t feel like you’re skimping on quality content, either: this article is only about 500 words but it’s chockfull of information. Make every word count and you’ll save time without letting quality slip.

6. Come back later

If you find that you’re stuck, don’t try to force the words to come. Save the article and work on something else for awhile. If inspiration strikes, open up that document again. You can even switch from one blog post to another, spending a few minutes on each as ideas comes to you. It’s a huge time-saver.

7. Never save a good idea

It’s tempting, when you look through your list of ideas, to save the best ones for later because you think they’ll be easier to write. You don’t want to save time later, you want to save time now. Do the articles you know will come easily and make the most of that time.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to brilliant articles in a fraction of the time. Share some of your favorite article writing tips in the comments!

About the Author: Jim Estill is the CEO of Canadian computer product company SYNNEX and the author of the Time Leadership blog and book.

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  1. This is superb. Simple & It hit me hard… Keeping life simple yet meeting deadlines are best ways to avoid procrastination.

  2. Writing doesn’t usually take too much time, but the proofreading is what requires an immense amount of revision and fine-tuning. Fortunately (or unfortunately), I have a dedicated readership who are all too glad to correct grammatical and spelling mistakes in the comments ;)

    • Totally true about proofreading taking longer. I have a bunch of articles an seo company did on my website and I probably spent more time fixing the inaccuracies. The funny thing is, it takes me just as long when I write the articles myself! This site totally helps you stay focused though on whats important.

  3. Thanks for the great tips. I need to work on the time I take to write a post.

  4. Jim,
    I do something very similar to this. I have written 770 articles since March of ’07 by using these methods. Every morning I look at my notes from the evening before and turn them into articles. I also keep a notebook with me at all times and have one in my car as well. It can be done!
    Connie Ragen Green

  5. I agree whole heartedly that the writing comes quickly when the inspired ideas are there. I also have a full time job apart from my blog, and actually, I blog as a part of my paying gig that’s already writing-heavy, so it can be a challenge.

    I think it’s important to interject cretivity into the process and also just be observant. Some of my best ideas are born out of metahpors within my own life or experiences. Mowing the lawn, watching a friend’s kid, things that don’t have anything to do with my topic, which is thrilling, really.

    • I often do this same thing, metaphors of everyday happenings are sort of like the melody that my words/lyrics ride in on. What’s really awesome is when a particular experience can go past the metaphor and all the way to allegory – identifying on many many points. Not that I’ve achieved that, but I know it’s feasible. Now I want to read your blog!

  6. Articles written in a short amount of time are often better than well-researched ones because they come across more original and with more real language.

  7. I do this all the time. It’s really not that hard to do. Good article and love that they are short and sweet.

  8. Wow on the 770 articles.

    Thanks for the comments.

  9. My wife always wonders how I can go back and forth between topics. Writing about my kids, then gymnastics, then what is going on in my own head. I thought I was the only one who did this.

    Thanks for the great post. I will have to try the game of “have it done by…” sometime this weekend.

  10. writing several articles about a topic permits me to utilize the research and speeds the development of each article. Frequently one feeds others.

    Getting started is always the most difficult part. Once I’m on a roll, I should write day and night. But, you know how that goes.

  11. I am ADD…I keep a kitchen timer with me and set myself a goal to get a certain number of tasks done before the bell rings…usually for 20 minutes. I have the little wind-up ones and keep them in multiple places around the house.

    • I love the kitchen timer idea! It is so easy to lose track of the time while doing anything related to my website. Minutes can easily turn into hours while doing something we are “into”. It’s like the law of entropy. “A gas will completely fill it’s container.” With me, if I don’t set a limit and make a plan of specific things to get done, also within a specif period of time, I will end up spending all my time on just one thing instead of may. Again, thanks for the “kitchen timer” idea/reminder!
      There are so many good ideas/suggestions on here. Thanks to everyone for contributing. Please keep it coming!

  12. I agree with the last point of advice…I have found that using bullet points really helps me to figure out what to say by making it easier to see what looks good and what doesn’t. Maybe it’s an organizational or structural thing- but it works wonders!

  13. Hmmm….Very interesting

    You see, I could give you ideas, but I need them for my blog!

  14. Aside from anything else, point number 4 is excellent advice (it’s all good, I’m just focusing on that one). Don’t hold back your good stuff. Give it when it comes because there’s always more to come.

  15. Blogger’s best friend: Clarefontaine notebooks. Unlike spiral pocket-size notebooks, you can carry these in a hip pocket for years and they won’t fall apart – and the texture is great. Marvelous tool. Best, they’re exactly the right size to slip 3×5 cards inside the cover.

  16. Oops – that’s “Clairefontaine.”

  17. You had perfect timing with this article. I was struggling with this very thing yesterday. I’ve been working in PR for many years, mostly writing the last few, and I can whip up a press release in 15 minutes if necessary. When it comes to writing for my blog, though, it’s taking me half a day. I have a bad habit of underestimating transitions. Blog writing is different from the more formal writing of PR/marketing materials and I’m trying to get used to writing in a more conversational tone.

  18. Oh, this is probably really geeky, but I carry around a digital recorder so when I think of an idea I won’t forget it. It also allows me to start writing if I think of a great title or opening line and I can work through it out loud instead of struggling with a pen and paper.

  19. The writing isn’t what takes up time for me, or coming up with ideas. Proofreading and editing are time consuming, looking up links (to my own posts or to other sites), and then finding the right image for my posts. But 20 minute definitely sounds like a timeframe to shoot for.

  20. Thank you for the great tips! I’ve been blogging for almost a year, and I can see how this strategy will really help me write better quality articles faster.

  21. Great tips. I can’t say I have ever tried writing several articles at once, but I have definitely done the incubator. It works great, especially when I feel I might not have enough ideas for the post. Just write a few, tuck it away and think about it subconsciously.

  22. Very good article! I liked it because:
    1 – It was clear
    2 – It was concise
    3 – It was relevant to my needs :)
    In summary, I have used your techniques to become a better comment writer. Notice how thoughtful and informative my comment is.
    About the author: John Pash is a veteran blogger with over one dozen posts on his website. In his spare time he likes to spread his unique brand of humo(u)r by commenting on other people’s blogs. John is not and will never be CEO of anything, unless you consider a blog to be a company. In that case, John is CEO, CFO, head of IT and the guy who makes the coffee in the morning.

    • John,
      1) I appreciated your use of Brian’s Rule of Threes.
      2) It was nice to see a mini demonstration of how you comment on other blogs.
      3) Your humor is actually intelligent, witty and even funny.

      Thank you… for giving me more than a grunt, a smile or even just a chuckle this morning!

    • John, man! Your comment made laugh so hard and loud, my wife came to check what was going on. Really, I’ve never laughed so hard with a comment.

      The article was great, but your comment is 100x better!

      Thanks for this great moment.

  23. Love the tips! I must agree with you about the ideas, not the writing…takes so long for me to write an article due to putting ideas together to write a brilliant piece!

  24. Great information! I’m definitely adding this to my toolbox.

  25. Kudos for the title.

    20 minutes? That’s a really short amount of time and I am unsure I’ve ever pulled that off. Nevertheless, lots of good tips in this article.

    I utilize many of them.

  26. great tips, I use some of them too, I also carry the notebook to jot down ideas. I forget ideas from one end of the house to the other so I have to!

    @ Shae, I also have a mini recorder, and yes I feel geeky sometimes. Especially in public – grocery store or the like, but I don’t care if I look geeky, I just chuckle and do it anyway. Usually embarrassing whoever is with me (the best part).

  27. In my experience, articles written off the cuff (or in 20 mins) don’t get many natural links. The articles that I’ve written that were the most popular were also the ones that took the longest to write and rewrite.

    I’ve never had a 20 min article get to the front page of Digg or the Top of del.icio.us. Not naturally, anyway ;)

  28. A really short time for a good article! Which means that the preparation matters a lot…

  29. Thank you for this article, I just started writing my own blog and this is so incredibly helpful.

  30. Good tips – it’s all too easy to spend way too long writing a post.

    One writing tip that I’d add (though it may lead to violation of the 20 minute rule) is to let the post morph into something different if you find a more interesting angle. I’ve had some great posts grow out of topics that were originally quite different. To keep the time down, when I see that I need to redirect the post I’ll jot down the key points and, as Jim suggests, I’ll let the new concept incubate until the next day.

    Roger

  31. I end up composing many of my articles on the move — especially if I’m running or showering or the like. But I don’t think I can have two or three articles going at the same time and do five minutes on each. I like to think in terms of “writing blocks,” giving myself a solid, undisturbed block of time to crank something out from beginning to end. My projects are frequently so diverse that I have to take what I call a “think around the block” to switch from a pediatrician’s website to a technology company’s white paper.

    Still, great tips. Thanks for being such a helpful resource for us all.

  32. Picasso used to draw a taurus in five seconds charging a thousand dollars for the job. The Problem is, he worked 40 years to perform such a task

  33. Writing an article in 20 minutes is no big deal, editing it in 20 minutes is another story altogether.

  34. I find #6 particularly helpful. I’ve usually got a few posts simmering away. First I knock out some subheads, then I fill them in as I can. I often tell myself I’ll just do one section, then end up writing the whole thing.

    I usually don’t post the same day I draft, I’ll let it sit overnight and then do at least one edit. Like WDOC, editing takes me quite awhile.

  35. Writing articles does take practice but the nice thing about it is the more you write, the better you get.

    But you’re right, getting ideas is probably the toughest part, then it’s the proofing.

    I like to keep note pads laying around my house (including my nightstand) and jot down things as they come to mind. It’s funny, most of my best ideas come in the middle of the night, …hmmm kinda weird.

  36. Great article – simple and to the point. Love the ideas!

  37. I’m a huge fan of #7. Whenever I feel like I’m “in the zone,” so to speak, I like to carry that momentum and work on as much as I can while I can.

  38. 20 minutes per 400~500 words?! I bet the proofreading is not yet included. As your 2nd commentator mentioned, it is the checking that takes an article to finished.

    I must admit, I am spending around 2~3 hrs for the same number of words and maybe another 15 minutes while I read it again after posting.

    But I am really impressed on how you make different articles simultaneously, as I might be loosing focus if I will be in your shoes.

  39. Those are great advice. The problem I think a lot of people face is what to write, not the writing itself. I also take about 20 minutes once I know what to write.

    That was a problem when I first got started but I’ve since tackled the problem using some tactics I shared on my blog.

  40. > coming up with the ideas is the tough part. Ideas anyone?
    Yes. Carry a yellow sticky pad with you in the car, to the movies, wherever. You have more ah-ha moments than you’re remembering. You just need to free up your brain.

    To give you an idea of what’s possible, when I first started, at the end of the week, I would have about 10 good ideas (write one idea per sticky post). However, the more I dumped my brain, the more I freed it up for more. I go through a couple of full sticky pads per week now. Now, I use Dragon Speak to put the ideas into Word docs at the end of the week.

    Also, here’s a few keys:
    1. Edison used personal invention quotas – http://sourcesofinsight.com/2008/01/07/personal-invention-quotas/
    2. The book THINKERTOYS exposes Disney’s imagineering techniques – http://sourcesofinsight.com/2008/05/05/thinkertoys-book-nuggets/

  41. Thanks for these Great Tips, definitely hits the mark.
    I keep trying and failing to complete a post in 30 mins.

    I like the idea of coming back to the article over time.

    I’m using the timer on my cell phone to help me keep to schedule with my blog writing.

    I also use its recorder for taking notes that pop into my head when I’m out and about and sometimes when I wake up in the night with a ‘great’ idea. How sad is that.

  42. very very helpful article! thanks! Really a PRO!

  43. I can sometimes whip out an article in 20 minutes, if I don’t get interrupted!

    When I have a topic that is difficult for me, I start with a title, then write as many separate sentences as I can, quickly getting the facts on the page. Then I rearrange what I have into paragraphs, add an opening, closing, and a few transition sentences…. then see what I have. Often, I have exactly what I need to send to a client!

  44. Getting ideas IS another story. Brainstorming with other bloggers works best for me when I am stuck.

    Sometimes I ask someone who does not blog what they think about “X subject”. That type of conversation often triggers at least one or two points I can use as a starting block.

  45. i really relate to the third point – dropping ideas.
    I have a post in mind and but i like to keep my posts short.
    It’s a challenge but being succinct and focused on only a couple of main points makes for better posts.

  46. Some interesting ideas Jim, i`ve just launched a blog at http://www.adelto.co.uk/blog (take a look and let me know your thoughts) the problem i am having is finding the stories to begin with. since we write about contemporary living (architecture, interior design, products etc) and also good descriptive pictures. The writing part is the easiest!!

    Have a good weekend
    Richard

  47. Interesting read, for a number of reasons:
    I found a confusing use of English grammar in the first paragraph, (“Many of my blog entries are actually less than 500 words so take me less time”) perhaps confirming that you wrote this in 20 minutes or less :)
    I relished your use of techniques discussed in this very blog about headlines. The article is ‘churned out’ in 20 minutes, but it is an ‘attitude’ of writing that actually gets a good piece of writing (like this one) out in print. And that attitude can not be quantified in any number of minutes, now can it?
    I also found this article of great use because I can plug in a relevant link to my post about writing good blog posts right about now blogging made easy, I promise

    All in all, a great post. Thanks :D

  48. I write a lot of software reviews. To get acquainted with really good software I need at least one to two hours! An example:

    http://blogorama.eisbrecher.net/2008/09/04/businesscards-mx-heute-zum-halben-preis/

    Do you count this solid preparation too? Can’t imagine that you can do it faster.

  49. nice article. must needed for a lazy blogger like me.

  50. Ha! It’s not the writing that takes time: it’s the flippin’ formatting problems on Blogger that take ages to sort out. How I wish posting something only took 20mins!

  51. These are certainly good tips.
    My problem is that I procrastinate far too much for keeping to this routine for long. Any tips on how to beat procrastination ? I guess not… the subject is too personal and too complex. W

  52. I’m all over the place when it comes to writing. I keep notes and I keep adding to them till I have something that resembles an article. Then I put it into word and clean it up. It usually takes me less than a half hour when it gets to this point. I know this sounds kind of crazy but I actually get even more idea’s for articles this way.

    Best regards,
    ChrisS

  53. I like Brian’s advice about only writing (and posting) when you have something to say.

  54. I think an excellent idea for a post or better yet a GROUP post would be for us to brainstorm ways to come up with article ideas.

    Maybe you should take the lead and in the end make a post with links to our articles with ideas on how to create blog post ideas.

    I’m game…. anyone else?

  55. Tony Baldesarra :

    Great post. I love articles that have 8 tips or 5 ways or 9 methods. Easy to read, easy to write

  56. I never thought that much about my process for writing. But 20 minutes is a small pittance of the time it takes me to produce a post so I’m envious. I’m often guilty of creating two posts in one, which I guess, makes me the Queen of editing.

  57. I’m struggled for over 3 months to write for my blog after the first post. At last when I started to write on morning, I completed the post in half an hour. but the editing took me a quite a while. Each time I look at it, I want to change it. At last I posted it in my blog. what matters I believe your confidence and conviction to say what you thought right in your own way.
    Copyblogger inspired me a lot! thanks!

  58. I usually write my posts while I’m on the bus or train – about 20 minutes. But as Chris F says, it’s the editing and proofing that takes up a whole lot more time.

  59. bill sanderson :

    Interested in the start point of 20 minutes. George Bernard Shaw is reputed to have written to a friend with a note saying “sorry it is such a long letter I did not have time to write a short one”.
    The quality versus quantity versus input time is such a personal judgement that the key question for me is “will 20 minutes do justice to this topic and this readership?” then make the call.
    All your tips are really valid when that judgement has been made.

  60. Nice outline of the process. I always wanted to know how to write a good enough content without spending to much time with it. My usual takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours including quick research which is quite a lot.

  61. Good stuff …. I’m just launching my webcomic’s blog and was already getting a little writer’s/blogger’s block. This helped clear my head.

    Thanks.

    Itch

  62. The advise given here would be useful for sure.

    Since there are quite a few bloggers here who are prolific I wanted to know how much time on an average do you spend to write a post? Honestly, for me 20 minutes seems too less a time to write a post. I end up spending an hour usually and it is the images, tags, slug, trackbacks and links which take the most time.

    Any advise would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

  63. Thank you for this post. I have so much trouble writing material for my website, http://www.garbarrassing.com. So instead of writing them myself. I started to find friends who wanted to post their stories and tales on my site. A few hundred people visit my site a day so convincing my friends that their posts would be seen was easy. I also love to help people out, so if you have any questions about anything, or need some advice, you can follow me @Garbarrassing on Twitter.

  64. Aren’t we all looking for ways to improve our time management and this his is a great way to really shorten the time for writing great articles.
    Congratulations for that insight
    Have fun and success
    Yani

  65. good one :) thanks a lot
    will try to follow this now onwards

  66. thanks for this wonderful piece. As you have said, the path to good writing is by writing. It is always amazing how much one can do taking this step.

  67. Blogging can indeed be quick when one is writing for one’s own blog, especially when so inspired. This being written, it’s been my experience that writing for a client, especially multiple clients across various industries, takes more than 20 minutes. It may even be in the best interests to take more than 20 minutes to write a blog article for someone else. Do you have any tips for “agency” type blog writing?

  68. Nice to read your tricks….its really hard for me to do the all practices ….. i always confused when writing some type of article, most of time my attention goes to multiple direction, i mean if i am writing an article on mobile technology, so at that time also thinking some thing about how to interrelate other things with it….ok any way really nice post i try to be like you…thanks

  69. Thanks for the suggestions! I actually often write my articles in short sessions (I usually don’t hit publish right away, but that is to make sure it reads well an hour later!) and I sometimes worry that I write them “too quickly” but I definitely am always on a clock and don’t want to spend hours on each article. Take care!

  70. This is truly an insightful post. This post gave me the idea on how to over come writers block. Most of the time i wonder on how to get started on writing an article for my blogs. Usually i writes articles on a single sit. The tips provided above especially the incubation factor found to be an interesting one.

    http://www.simplewayoflife.net

  71. Wonderful post! You were tips were really good. I need to speed up as I have heard of many people saying they write an article in less than 20 minutes.

  72. I am not a great writer and I learned a lot from your post as I plan to start writing articles and blogs in the future.
    I especially liked the part about warm up writing, makes a lot of sense.

  73. This is great. For me it’s really hard to get most of my articles completed even within an hour, may be since I’m writing more articles on computer programming.

  74. Heck, that’s really fast!

  75. My personal philosophy on this is drawn from Nick Lowe, musician and former record producer, who was (and I guess still is) called “Basher” as a nickname because his creative philosophy was “bash it out now, tart it up later.” (In other words, just get something out quickly, then fix it so that it’s actually, you know, good.)

    I find this works pretty well. The “bashing it out” can take twenty minutes for, say, a 500 word piece. The “tarting it up” is a whole ‘nother story. Don’t know how anyone can do it, but hats off to those who can.

  76. I find the whole list style blog post a bit over done. I agree that great posts (for me personally) start with a bulleted list but I find it much more enjoyable to consume when the post is a flowing thought vs. chopped up, ordered list. Here’s why:

    1. No thought
    2. Over used
    3. haha, just kidding.

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  77. Great advice! I write weekly articles and feel like I’m spending way more time on them than I should…and I am! Thanks for the tips, I’m going to give ‘em a try right now!

  78. With this advice you promote a Quick & Dirty attitude to blogging. It took me a whole day to write “WordPress BackStage”

    http://blogorama.eisbrecher.net/2008/09/12/wordpress-backstage/

    and it’s still not finished. I intend to “finish” (in the web nothing is ever finished) it on sunday evening.

    Why do I take this much time for an article? Because a good article needs it. Content is King! The article, not the clock tells you when it is well done.

    For example: When you’re in bed with a fine woman you love: you finish this also in 20 minutes?

  79. Impressive. I currently write 500 words at about 40 to 50 minutes total but 20 is definitely one goal I’d love to shoot for. Thanks for sharing how you do it!

  80. Thanks for a great post. Very inspiring and I can’t wait to put your suggestions to the test!

    For those of you who commented that you keep a pad with you, voice recorder, sticky notes, etc., I’d like to suggest a Blackberry. With a BB, you can do all of the above and more without carrying all of the extra equipment. Just a thought. ;)

  81. Thanks for a great post. Very inspiring and I can’t wait to put your suggestions to the test!

  82. Great Post.I’m going to give ‘em a try right now!

    Regards,
    Novina Ravi
    http://novinaravi.blogspot.com

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  84. I love it! Great article! I read every word and still want more!

  85. suggestion?

    How about write what you like, with a full of passion?

    :P

    Regards, blogged from Indonesia.

  86. Great Tips! Will definitely try when I’m writing

    Thanks a ton

  87. Hi! Great Post Jim!
    The whole article is wonderful and very helpful, but the most I like is #8.
    Well good work done! keep it up!

  88. Excellent post, I find this to be true with me and my writing, I also just sit down sometimes and write what ever the heck flows from my fingers, takes me 10 minutes to write 400 words then I come back in 1 hour and edit the errors for another 15 minutes and post :)

  89. Firstly, thank you for all tips Jim.
    When it comes to incubation I suppose you’ve considered it as a matter of time in order to come up with fresh mind productions. But I did not get you well when you said about sorting out your ideas, about reducing them to the smaller number. I’d like to learn how you’ve been managing to filter your ideas. I am not experienced in writing articles, but I would like to learn much and with your tips I have partly accomplished it.

  90. Number 4 (“Never Save a Good Idea”) looks sensible, but I wonder how hard it is to really let go! I think I’ll stick with the security of a notebook for ideas, for now.

    Thanks for the great tips.

  91. Thanks for the tips. I find that reading bulleted information online helps me to get to the point quickly and I especially love it when bulleted topics link to longer treatments, when applicable.

    I am new to blogging and need lots of help. Love this site and plan to visit often!

    Question: Does anyone know where I can find a class or blog on tightening up your writing?

    I tend to talk too much, even when I write…lol!

    Brevity…any classes on this?

    Why some folks have told me that blogging may be just the thing for me.

  92. Excellent, I have to agree with Michael, more goods will always come so don’t hold back, simply deliver it hot off the press! :) Remember people, tips like this help get us going in the right direction, the aim is to be efficient at what ever it is you’re doing, in this case it is writing a blog post. Blog writing isn’t always an easy as we like to think it is. Thanks for sharing!

    – Mig

  93. Twenty minutes is about right to bang out a quality post. My problem is the flow of ideas. When I’m writing, I tend to come up with 10 other ideas for posts and articles and have to fight to keep my focus on the task at hand. I sometimes go from one post to the next without realizing just how much time I’ve been spending writing instead of concentrating on my real work that pays the bills!

  94. The thing is this 20 minutes is only for writing your first draft. But there’s lot more things to do after the first draft. Proofreading is one of them that is not mentioned here that takes a bit time.

    But overall the post is a good post for the people who want’s to write articles daily.

  95. All great ideas. I also like to carry a notebook especially when out riding in the car it seems I always think of something that I want to jot down. I think my best thinking comes when driving.

  96. Very useful post, huh for me good article creation sometimes take all day, but I enjoy what I do and at first must grow to the knowledge level when really You can teach something.

    Until that, I think it’s pretty hard. Would be great to hear why I’m not true. I hope I’m not at least :)

  97. Wow… 20 minutes is damn impressive!

  98. Just for fun, here are ideas for a blog to bloggers about blogging:

    1. Know and Write About Your Readers (People like to read and learn about themselves)

    2. The Power and Persuasion of Sincerity

    3. Ghost In Your Computer? (Dealing with your PC’s artificial attitude)

    Writing in twenty minutes? Inspiring idea!

    Thank you for the read.

  99. Deadlines are always good inspirations, specially when you are writing somethings, these tips are really useful specially the notebook carrying point as ideas keep striking and if we don’t note them at the same moment they can vanish. This is something i have been doing for some time but after reading here i felt good that other people also follow this.

  100. Exquisite writing, how luck I am to have found another word smithy that entertains and informs.
    Thank You
    Michael

  101. I liked the idea of carrying pen and paper. It’s still a very quick and enjoyable way of jutting things down.
    Your method is helpful for developing several different ideas when they flow in themselves. Cool … I still think about the 20-minutes …

  102. Although the act of writing may take 20 minutes, it’s still interesting to see all the background incubation that goes into writing an article – which is why, as freelance writers, we charge an hourly rate.

    The common argument from cynics is that anyone can write so why should I pay, but as you can see from the steps above in this post, writing is a process and if you want good writing you need to invest in it.

  103. Similar to a photographer always carrying a camera with them – carrying a notebook, digital voice recorder, PDA, etc, to keep track of ideas is essential.

  104. Very well written. It is a good guide for aspiring article writers or just to anybody. With your helpful tips, it makes article writing more fun. Thanks.

  105. This is one of the main reasons I keep coming back to Copyblogger, so I can be encouraged to keep writing every day.

    I don’t write as fast as the author of this post but am a lot faster than I used to be.

    I really liked the suggestion of using your ideas as you are writing rather than trying to save them. This will help me tremendously because i am constantly coming up with thing as I am creating my articles that I think I should put in a different article.

    Thanks for a great post!

  106. But HOW do you monetize your blog and track the results? I like to write, but it gets daunting writing all the time and not seeing a dime!
    thanks for your advice,
    Chris@LetsGoBanners.com

  107. I find I can write much more quickly when I’m writing an article on something I know about. If I have to research first it takes longer – I’m not referring to research time, just the time taken to reread research notes.

  108. So, your 20 minutes in fact is much more than 20 minutes.

    I understand that you used “20 minutes” only to get readers attention. Anyway, it does not matter if it take you 20 or 200 minutes to write an article.

    What really matter is that all your articles are really good.

  109. I find #4 particularly important. As a creative writer (poet) who has written daily for a long time I can wholly agree that the ideas will come effortlessly when you’re in the zone. So don’t worry about anything except getting started (the warm up idea is great too) and then capturing the stuff that is delivered.

  110. Jim … good ideas. In addition to your ideas of “batching” your articles, or writing several at one time, I find that writing article series helps a lot. I sometimes come up with a list of related or serial ideas that I want to cover. Most of the time I have more content than will fit in one article, so I end up writing a series of articles, which sometimes covers beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Other times it goes part 1, part 2, and part 3.

    More recently I’ve started taking pictures as I run around town and using the pictures as ideas or jumping off points for my blog posts. For instance, I just snapped a photo of the adult diaper aisle at the store, and used the concept of “embarrassment” as the key theme in a blog post about helping new people in MLM get past their embarrassment of prospecting. I snapped another pic of a local business person who is really successful, even in this recession, and used him as a topic in another blog post. Right now, photos are keeping things interesting for me, sparking ideas. When that runs dry, I’m sure I’ll find another way to keep things interesting. When I’m interested, the writing just flows, and blog posts to come out in 20 minutes or so.

    And, as always, practice, practice, practice. Writing 10 blog posts a week kind helps with that! The Hemingway approach. Cheers, Stephanie

  111. Well Brian, I’ve never managed to write a complete article without spending of about 20 to 30 minutes of research unless I’m particularly obsessed with the topic.

    And I found that it’s a lot easier to write when I have had enough sleep :)

  112. I have hundreds of topics ready to go, but often I work on one at a time. It takes me HOURS to get a whitepaper finished. Maybe I’ll try this method for a while…

    Have a look at the free whitepapers, and let me know if they are doing the job well….

  113. This is a great article, and I’m of the opinion that everyone should make a point to write fast. I wrote a book about it several years ago called Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed which looks at some of the ideas in this article and systematizes the process.

    Writing an article in 20 minutes is only half of the equation. The other half is to make sure it reads fast, too.

  114. thanks for all the comments (including the challenging ones because I believe in some of them)

    Jim

  115. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. Very helpful.

    How to come up with New Idea for articles ???

    1. Find a (need) problem faced by a targeted market
    2. Do a research on the issue at hand
    3. Provide a solution by writing a post

    Everyone loves a solution provider. I think we just need to find some issues , fix it and share with the readers in an entertaining way. In simple terms, find a need and fill it. Cheers

  116. I usually work the same way, but i didn’t realize that i work systematically.

  117. I really admire your self-discipline, because I realise that writing blog posts in a fast and productive way and providing quality ideas at the same time must require a lot of patience and skill.

    I think we should all learn from your routine so that we can become more efficient at being bloggers, because the most important part of this activity is to enjoy writing and to provide lots of good content for our readers and subscribers.

  118. Wow, you write so fast, it takes a lot of time for me to write anything.

  119. Lovely, i like a lot these tips and i will use it on my articles

  120. You are dead ON!! So many times, I have been tempted to “save my best ideas”… even thinking I was “wasting” them on my blog BEFORE I had a bunch of readers!! NOW, I “love on” my list through my blog and e-zine.. really trying to serve them and bring them tangible solutions to build their business. My FAVORITE blog post is the one in which I “debuted” by “Rated R marketing” report… the only one of its kind based on the marketing tactics of drug dealers and prostitutes! Fun Stuff! Thanks for the great post!

  121. For me its the opposite.Lots of ideas but so hard to write without spending hours with changing and editing.

  122. Just for fun, here are ideas for a blog to bloggers about blogging:

    1. Know and Write About Your Readers (People like to read and learn about themselves)

    2. The Power and Persuasion of Sincerity

    3. Ghost In Your Computer? (Dealing with your PC’s artificial attitude)

    Writing in twenty minutes? Inspiring idea!

    Thank you for the read.

  123. Very well said… It is the best approach to practice article writing at the start and eventually, you wouldn’t know that your writing skills have developed in no time and become a pro.

  124. An interesting guide of tips to writing a an article in just 20 minutes. It will help me to write more content in a short time.

  125. I’m actually not sure if I really would be able to work on multiple articles at the same time – I think I would lose time in switching – by losing concentration on the topic.

  126. Sam Steiner identifies a genuine challenge to multi-tasking which is called “task switch loss”.

  127. The momentum factor really helps as i have noticed with my writing. When i get started with just some random writing, or comment on other articles/blogs or twitter, i tend to get more ideas and a better flow is induced and hence the ability to put up some nice articles.

  128. Yeah right said,
    Time management is the key . i used to waste 2 hours atleast to research re-research and then writing.
    thanks, you owe me

  129. Great List! Your thoughts on incubating ideas was a good one, so often we try to do it all in one sitting…but prepping and then cooking is sometimes the better way to go.
    I’ve written in my blog about “being creative”…getting ideas, similar thinking…

    http://maverick-dean.com/tamora/index.php/archive/how-to-be-creative/
    Thanks again! Tamora

  130. great article, I always have time problems in writing articles

  131. very informative article! I need to do several articles and I have no idea how I am going to do it! Now i am more knowledgeable and I hope I will do a great job! ;)

  132. I was searching for ways to write faster and came across this entry. These are some good tips, thanks. I guess I just need to get a bit more organized and practice.

  133. Thank you very much for writing this wonderful article about how to write article and believe me I have learn something wonderful things from here.

    Thanks Again
    Alam
    twitter.com/alamest

  134. Some great tips in here for article writing :-)

    I am just about to indulge in writing 10, so these tips could save me quite a bit of time.

    I particularly like the point about writing more than one at the same time, and writing it in chunks.

    Some great tips

    Paul

  135. Very good list. I have been using a few of these tips myself and find that writting in batch is very helpful and now that I read this when things are flowing. spend 5 -7 minutes a couple articles at a time also works well. I usually work on my stuff in 3-4 stages.

    Idea’s > Deeper dive > Find some Revelate links and picture > Final Edit proof and review.

    Very helpful post.

  136. Thanks for the simple and useful tips. I am also working full time and still trying to follow writing as a second carrier. It is nice and releiving to see that there are other people like me and they are finding ways to get over the problems.

  137. Excellent article. I’ve been trying to come up with ways to write quicker that would actually work for me, and this sounds do able. Thanks.

  138. I’m in line with the great thinkers like you. I use to have ideas-useful enough, but never in written form for other to glimpse. I need to sit down and learn to put ideas down, having come across these wonderful tips from Jim Estill.
    Pls, accept my warmest regards.

  139. Nice post. thanks – I just started writing articles – non-corporate and I have so much information and I normally write 3-6 articles and somehow combine them, this makes me feel much much better – thanks.

    Jan

  140. Really helpful tips, indeed. The point that writing an article in 20 minutes is amazing because it saves time and utilize the brain while it’s fresh. But, on the other hand if you nothing flows out of the latter, then it doesn’t work. That is why, I liked your idea of putting down ideas that might come anytime and anywhere. For instance, I get very creative and inventive among people or in the street. I even wrote some poems while being amongst people. That is also obvious when we put good ideas in an article better ones come later and that is how we get richer and riches in their production. Thanks a lot for your tips.

  141. Since I committed myself to contribute weekly articles to an online magazine, I find it harder and harder to get things done.
    I read your article and find your tips are very helpful.

    Thank you.

  142. Great advice for sure. I am looking to boost my daily writing output as a freelance writer and I love the tips about “get X amount done by X time” and the “warm up writing.” I may try the warm up writing trick soon. Thanks!

  143. Wonderful post! You were tips were really good. I need to speed up as I have heard of many people saying they write an article in less than 20 minutes

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  145. A really short time for a good article! Which means that the preparation matters a lot…

  146. You said it, “coming up with the ideas is the tough part.”

  147. Thanks for the information. This was very helpful. It is hard to write articles, specially when you ran out of ideas.

  148. Typinator
    Spell Catcher
    Diigo
    Ulysses
    And working on three or four articles a week are does it for me. But I’m still not down to 20 minutes. Seems like I spend more time with rewites and careful revisions.

  149. I suffer from punctuation and organization my ideas
    I appreciate any professional one want to help mea

  150. Thanks for your tips, I usually take at least 2 hours to make one article.

  151. Great piece and one I recommend to friends who want to try blogging and also in my blog on procrastination. What I like about this is that it forces one to start writing without getting stuck on structure. Editing is always going on but once you take that leap and write the first draft, it becomes easier to finish the project. Thanks!
    Cheers,
    E

  152. Thank you for your great tips!
    I thought it is very hard to write article and spend much time on writing but it’s not bringing the good results be cause idea is come and gone so quick.

  153. I’ll be honest – As an article marketer, I hate pumping out article after article. Can get very boring, BUT – the info you’ve outlined here is something that anyone can follow to bang out informative articles quickly! Good post :)

  154. This was very helpful. It is hard to write articles, specially when you ran out of ideas. And when you are not that good writer!

  155. 20 minutes…!!!Really after reading that I agree with that may be not definitely it’s possible to write an article in 20 minutes… But don’t know about me..I could do that or not!!

  156. I get my ideas from read ing other blogs. I have a backlog of blog posts that need to be fleshed out–the 20 minute part.

    I liked this post by the way.

  157. Thank you for tip number 5.

    It’s so hard to get past writer’s block. I’m going to start doing it. Most of the time, when I see something interesting on the net I just bookmark the page so when the time comes that I need it, it’s just right there on my toolbar.

    Excellent post! Love it.

  158. 20 minutes? That’s amazing. I spent at least 1 hour due to editing and making sure my grammar and spelling works.

  159. I like this , keep it simple and let it flow. I often do what I call priming writing when I lack courage( that is what my problem is most days when I am afraid to write.) When I just writing anything to get the juices flowing. Good deal!

  160. Probably one of my biggest stumbling blocks is writing. Perhaps I am too much of a perfectionist. Great tips, I hope to incorporate them into my regimen.

  161. I love the fact that you break it down into a couple 5-7 minute sessions on each blog. When the juices aren’t flowing it is very easy to daydream or procrastinate. If you hit a block you can come back to it later and do something else more productive. Great advice!

  162. I do love bullet points, I think it’s the way forward in sharing information on how to get stuff done. It’s always harder to massive chunks of text.
    Saying that, I’ve never written in bullet points – unless it’s the planning part. Maybe I should try it out.

    I love this website, glad I found it =]

  163. I start with bullet points and expand from there. Most of the time the finished article format is not in bullet structure when it’s posted. I think of it more as an outline of what I want the information to cover.

    My ideas seem to come in waves so I’ll scribble down several topics and hold for later when my mind has gone to mush.

  164. A top 5(or whatever) list like this is easy in 20mins because the format is already given. You simply take your idea points and add a couple sentences. Where as a narrative type article will and should take you longer.
    There’s more editing to get the concepts in proper order and your ideas to flow. Just my 2cents. Cheers.

  165. Thanks for the great tips. I need to work on the time I take to write a post.

  166. Thanks for the tips. I think the bullet points are especially useful to get the ideas outlined.

  167. I shoot for 20 minutes, but somehow it always seems to take a couple of hours. Haven’t been at it long though so I’m hoping it gets easier and faster with practice. I read recently that the secret to article writing was simply to
    1. Tell them what you are going to tell them
    2. Tell them
    3. Tell them what you told them.

  168. I like this article and it’s good to get an insight into how other copywriters work. With regards to #7 I would struggle to jump from one article to another like that, I much prefer to concentrate on one at a time.

  169. The way you write is great enough. Although it varies man to man. I can’t write on this way as it’s not possible for me to concentrate my mind on a topic if i leave it now.

  170. Great list.
    Maybe this will help me over come my inability to finish an article on time.

  171. You just inspired me to write a new newsletter article in under 20 minutes – so yes, it can be done. Great blog – wonderful information here.

  172. The incubate idea works. I do that all the time. :)

  173. 20 minutes! i wish i could get my articles done in 20 minutes, takes me hours to get each one to a state that i feel ok publishing it, and even then ifeel the article could do with more time spent on it to make it flow better. wish i could afford a proof reader but i hear they charge almost £20 per article and i can’t afford that much

  174. Those are some great tips for writing!

  175. I can write it in 20 minutes too – no problem. But translation to english takes me hours.

    There is a big trade off for foreign writters since english is not our language. How can we compete against native speakers? Hmmm it’s impossible.

  176. Writing 3 – 4 articles at one time is so helpful. I take it you mean on related themes. And, yes, the idea of “incubating” an article is so necessary.

    So you carry around a notebook? Principles for organizing ideas will never change.

  177. I can sometimes get a post written in 20 minutes but the editing always takes me a lot longer. The tips you give in this article are really useful. But even more useful is the example you set by your behaviour.

  178. Thanks for the “quick tips” – I’ll implement these right now and pump out some content :)

    What about getting ideas from reading other blogs?

    What about building content from prior blog posts?

    What about rehashing old content, updating, revising?

  179. This is so somple for me to practice. I have practice half of these techniques its great for my time and the quality of my articles.

  180. great article thank you for share

  181. When I first read the title I was like, “No way!” But then I guess if those steps were properly implemented, you are a living proof that it can be done.

  182. Jim,

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about how to write posts or articles quickly. They help a lot even though the goal of 20 minutes is a tough one to achieve.

    I wanted to find out that if you take into consideration writing down good ideas and incubating the ideas and then finally writing it down how much time do you think that takes on average.

    Thanks in Advance.

  183. im going to write my first article
    thanx for ur suggestions

  184. Thanks for writing this! After reading it I decided to try writing my first blog article, and I think it turned out fairly decent. (I spent 23 minutes on it … shh! Don’t tell!)

  185. Great ideas, thanks! I just recently discovered a great tool that has helped me cut down on my writing time.

    http://writeordie.drwicked.com/

    Write or Die is a web application that encourages writing by punishing the tendency to avoid writing. You start typing in the box. As long as you keep typing, you’re fine, but once you stop typing, you have a grace period of a certain number of seconds and then there are consequences.

    Check it out.

  186. Thanks for the tips. Great starter for writing articles I have recently started looking at writing articles to make money on the internet, and happened to stumble across this product. It helped me to improve the standard of my writing, and over time, the speed of my writing as well.

  187. Thanks for the great tips. I need to work on the time I take to write a post.

  188. I don’t think so that, it is possible for everyone to write a article in 20 minutes. The way you have mentioned in your post takes more then several hours. You excluded the brainstorming period from your 20 minutes. It’s embarrassing.

  189. I was never very good at writing, so 20 minutes for an article is better than I could ever dream!

  190. 20 minutes? That’s amazing.Thanks for the great tips

  191. Well pretty much spot on. It is also very important that you do not linger into a single thought when you’re having a hard time digesting it, proceed to the next thought than waste so much precious time in a single thought that could have been drowned with various others had you spent your time wisely on proceeding.

  192. Thank you, it is very useful.

  193. Thank you for the guide. I hope one day it will take me only 20 minutes to write an article.

    I am fairly new to blogging and it seems to take me forever to write an article. I think the time also depends on how much research you have to do.

  194. Thank you for the guide!

    Ebizdame, there are all sorts of ways to train yourself into writing quickly and concisely: I have in the past found Julia Cameroons small course ‘the artists way’ (http://www.theartistsway.com/) particularly useful, especially as a way of training yourself to produce larger volumes of material.

  195. I have to recalibrate my blog expectations. After reading this, I’m spending waaay too long on my posts.

  196. The way you write is great enough. Thanks

  197. thanks for the tips. it’s really helpful.
    great!!

  198. Thanks for the interesting article :) 20 minutes sounds pretty reasonable.

  199. This is really superb, and it is very useful for me.

    Thanks alot for this great post.

    Thanks dude.

  200. Great article and interesting approach. The only flaw for me personally, I am convinced tip 2 ‘incubate’ would work for most people though, is that ideas about work need to linger around in your mind for incubation to happen. My preference is on switching off completely after activities I consider ‘work’. Thank you.

  201. This is exactly what I need! I’m an Asian guy and my tongue is trained with a different language which cause me to have some difficulty writing in english because constructing words in english is so different from my native language. This entry gave me the best idea on how to make it right. Thank you!

  202. Great Post,
    I am a article writer and i write articles from last 1 year. Your post is very helpful. It has helped me lot till now i cant write articles in 20 min but it takes less time compare to previous.
    All the best for writing more same kind of helpful blogs.

    Regards,
    Ana Watson

  203. Thanks for sharing! Your ideas will really help me.

  204. Thanks so much for these great tips, please how can I achieve this feat from the scratch, I would like to start article writing seriously.

    Cheers!

  205. i liked your concept of writing the article in only 20 min and appreciate the way you do it. Altough i am not that intrested in writing articlz but love readin it.

  206. I write one article at a time. I just don’t like to divert my attention towards something else because it will easily mess up the thought flow.

  207. Hi,
    This is a very nice and informative post. When we write articles in 20 mints it may have some errors and grammar mistakes, can you tell us the way to be perfect in such a short span of time.

  208. Nice Post,
    This is one of the best article writing tip. It will really help all the article writers specially freshers.
    Thanx for such a good information.
    All the best for future.

    Regards.

  209. When you’re on the web, writing well but also writing quickly is a good skill to have. I’ve outsourced a lot of my articles but I never quite get the quality I expect, so I’ve reverted back to writing my own articles. This will certainly help. Thanks!

  210. Whilst I fully agree with most of your points, and have written several articles on this subject myself over the years, I do disagree with what you say about writing several articles at the same time:

    “I often write 3-4 articles at the same time. Spending 5 minutes on one, 7 on another etc. When I am really in writing flow, this works well.”

    How can this be a recommended approach to writing? Do you see renowned authors switching from one novel to another every few minutes? Do people communicate well whilst having 3 or 4 different conversations simultaneously?

    Write one article at a time, starting at the beginning and ending at the end, as this will certainly produce a much more fluid and properly structured article rather than the fragmented and confused articles likely to be generated using this method of writing.

    • Hi, Justin. My experience leads me to disagree with you. I’ve served as an executive speechwriter for eight years and a journalist for seven years . With three to four speeches/articles all due by (the same) day’s end, I wrote as I thought. I happen to think in multiple streams of consciousness (is that just a nice way of admitting I must have ADD?). I rapidly switched among the projects as ideas occurred and bits of research surfaced. That’s how the writing got done.

      And no, “starting at the beginning and ending at the end” is not the recommended way to go for me — it tends to stifle my creativity. Does anyone else find this true for them?

      Case in point — when I wrote this reply, I started with what is now the last paragraph — ’cause that was the point I wanted to make originally. This paragraph is the last one I will write before I hit “Post Comment.”

      Now let me be clear: when editing, I focused on one piece at a time. That’s where the cohesiveness and fluidity get built in, after the fact.

      Having said that, I do think 20 minutes is more useful as a challenge to beat procrastination/writer’s block than it is an encourager of quality work. I’ve read a lot of writing on the Web that enticed me with their titles but let me down at article’s end. It’s obvious the writers spent a lot of time thinking about SEO for the title and gave short shrift to the content.

  211. I’m with you, Justin. There is no way that writing 3-4 articles at the same time will produce quality work. Come to think of it, perhaps using that technique is why outsourced work is so awful.

  212. This has to be the best writing advice I have received. I have always detested writing but after maintaining a diary, I find it easier to start writing. Writing blogs are different from standard college writing and business writing. Once I leave college, the process will be a lot easier.

  213. I take no more than 30 mins to finish an article, but the extra 15mins I spend every time intentionally to work out the things I’ve missed out in my article.

    So an overall article daily takes 45mins of my time. I would need to reduce my article writing time so that I could lessen the time taken by me to write an in-depth article.

  214. Hi, and thanks for the brilliant idea about writing 3-4 articles at the same time. I’m certainly going to give this one a go because I suspect it will greatly reduce the ‘down’ time I need to give to my brain between writing and editing by introducing a write/edit/write/edit regime.

    Thanks for all your fantastic articles.

    Cheers

    Sian

  215. Love these! I too employ some of these tips and will definitely try out the rest! I’m interested to see how the tip of writing for a few minutes, then stopping, later coming back for a few minutes.. will work out for me!

  216. Very nice but not really practical as what works for you might not work for the other person at all, and i must say I find it very difficult for my self to achieve writing an article even in 2 hrs.

  217. Wow you are quite a multi tasking person.. doing several articles at the same time… I don’t think many can do that but nice to know how a real writer works ..A lot of thinking is involved.

    Nice article :)

  218. Hi! I love the way you write your article. I will try to write like the way you did. I am a newbie in writing and I need a tips like this. Thank you

  219. Bullet points and lists help me a lot too.

    I’m much faster at writing articles than I used to be, but your tips may help me cut my writing time down a lot more. Fantastic list! :)

    One thing that really slows me down with blog posts is finding images to include. I know that people like to see pictures in posts (I do too, when the pictures are good and/or interesting) but finding free images that are okay to use (yes, I follow the rules! :)) can be tricky sometimes.

  220. Thanks for the great tips about the bullet points. I need to work on the amount of time I spend on writing articles.

  221. Thanks for the tips…Yeah, the time to write a 500 word article usually takes 20-30 minutes… But once I have written an article I get a sense of accomplishment which stops my desire to write another article immediately…

    Also, articles with 400-500 words are ok for the blog posts..I prefer writing long articles sometimes even up to 2000 words.. I have got better results with longer articles than the short ones..

    Here is an article that I wrote which agrees with all of the points you have discussed here:
    http://www.bukisa.com/articles/384745_how-to-write-an-article-a-step-by-step-guide

  222. Is it possible to be so centered in your business that it’s hard to think of new and interesting ways to convey your information? That pretty much sums it up for me! I need someone who is good at writing articles, posts, blogs, whatever it takes. My site has lost rank since we redesigned it. Help! Taking offers!

  223. This is an excellent article. Now it takes me about 1 hour to write an article. I need to implement the above plan to be able to write more articles in less time by making me a list of like ideas for few days writing as many details as possible. Then write the article.

  224. That’s a great little guide, always writing articles, but this really help me in regards of time efficiency.

  225. Thanks for the tips. I do believe that planning to write and having ideas and points in your mind is the road to success

  226. Nice post you have here. I know it’s tough to write especially if you’re not really a writer. I always carry a notebook and a pen with me. So, once an idea popped in to my head, I would write it down. Ideas usually come in when you are more relax.

  227. Wow! No wonder that this page hits five in page rank. This is a great article with a very interesting tips. Keep on posting man.

  228. Great Post. I am studying article writing at the moment and best ways to achieve more productivity. Great info on the site. Thanks.

    Clive.

  229. I just wrote an article this afternoon, but unfortunately, it took me even more than 1 hour. It seems that I do have long long way to do.

  230. Bravo! finally someone agrees with me, articles; particularly when written for the web no not have to be mine novels. Readers rarely have time to read articles which are multiple thousands of words long, better to create shorter four to six hundred( even 300 or 400 hundred words) word articles, which are informative and authoritative.

  231. Awesome article! Read this and produced a great article in around 30 minutes. Have to shave 10 minutes off somewhere still :)

  232. How about this?
    #1 Audience (writing for whom?)
    #2 Why they would be interested? Content is King, Yes!
    #3 Keep it short, Yes!

    Question, how to attract an editor’s attention?

  233. This is a very helpful post on article writing. Article writing is the most challenging task if you are a blogger, and you’re not a writer, it’s really difficult. Thanks for the tips, this definitely will help me get through.

  234. Thanks for a very helpful post, I also liked your concept of writing the article in only 20 min and appreciate the way you do it.
    Thanks :-)

  235. Spot on! Even before I had read this, I have already been doing my own version of coming back to it later when I’m stuck, and trying to discipline myself to stick to the 20- or 30-minute rule. Otherwise, you won’t be able to churn enough articles to pay for a cup of latte.

  236. Great read, Love the content. Always good advice to hear how to shorten time working on article entries.

  237. Bullet points are my favorite way to shorten things up and make it easier to read.

  238. Wow very good tips from everyone that posted here about article writing this will really help me i am not much of a writer however need rticles out here to brand my business and expertise.

  239. I love all the tips about writing articles quickly. I can certainly use these tips.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Annie

  240. “…don’t try to force the words to come”. Good idea! But what do you do when you are running out of time?

  241. This is great! This really helps me as I just started writing articles and blogging. Thanks!

  242. I can write 4 articles an hour – it takes practice but entirely possible. The best I have done is 38 in one day…..which really helped my earnings!

  243. Simple and effective technique for writing article in short time. Quite impressive. Really we need to follow something of this sort if we want to write many articles. Thanks for putting together all these ideas.

  244. Great tips especially to the novice writer like me. I always bring a notebook with me wherever I go because ideas often pop up when you least expect them.

  245. I’ve written a fair number of pages for my website and I am pretty sure I have never been able to complete a page in 20 minutes, from first keystroke to publication. And then there are other steps that I have to perform to bring attention to my newly completed page – updating Delicious bookmarks, site map, xml file to tell Google to come find the new page, announcing it on Facebook and Twitter. I suppose automation tools would be helpful. Furthermore, when I write new pages, I take the time to cross-link internally – this provides guidance to the reader to stay and read more plus it is important for SEO (internal linking is important for Google).

  246. Can’t quite see me getting an article done in 20minutes yet, but your guide is certainly something to put in practice and see how I go. I am new to article writing, and haven’t thought of listing my ideas, I just struggle for ideas at time. Great tip , thanks.

  247. I went back and read my original comment to this post, in September of 2008. It’s amazing to see how far I have come since then because of my articles. I encourage everyone to use article marketing to build a business online – it works!

  248. I’m taping this to my wall.

    Naturally, I assume that I have to create a masterpiece every time I write. I am addicted to over thinking and perfectionism.

    Your awesome article forces me to focus on what matters, not what I think matters.

    (Written in two minutes. Working on cutting this down.:)

  249. Great tips, I actually make a list, but I don’t really stick to it as always new ideas come up and I keep changing the list. What I’m finding useful recently is saving the drafts on my site so that I feel the article is started and I can go back to it easily.
    Not sure I can write it in 20 minutes though…

  250. But, how long did it take to write this article?

  251. Wow, the universe does work with you when you are suppose to do something. I was preparing to write an article to submit to a article directory when I stumbled upon your article. Talk about great timing, it does not get any better than this. I believe this is my confirmation that I suppose write this article.

    Thanks for all the helpful tips.

  252. I’m applying this article as we speak and came back to it for additional insights. Thanks for the list, thanks for keeping short, sweet, and to the point, and thanks for continuing to share great content!

  253. Wow, man! No way that I can write an article in 20 minutes, even if I’ve been prepared for it. But great tips, thnx for sharing and inspiring us.

  254. I will have to be the proverbial exception. In the past 13 months, I have written, at a rough estimate, something approaching two million words in the nearly 3,000 reviews I have done on StumbleUpon.

    My methods can’t be summarized because they’re organic and vary enormously from review to review. Some articles essentially write themselves: Some connection is made, some inspiration found, some metaphor dictates the flow, and the whole emerges fundamentally in its final form in anything from 20 to 40 minutes (that’s for a 900-word article, and I’m not a fast typist). Others are grueling: I need to seek half a dozen sources to cite and from which to add images, the information I’m presenting has to be checked and cross-checked with sources on both sides of the issue, and the resulting 3,000-word draft article must then be condensed to fit the space available; in such cases, an article may require several hours, but the result is often of such worth that those who read it are moved to commend my efforts, and — for me, anyway — that is enough to justify them.

    Of course, I’m a notorious perfectionist. :-D

  255. these are simple yet profound tips. I have found that I am spending way too much time and energy pumping out article after article. I am certain that I can write quality articles is around 20 minutes by following these tips.

    thanks,

    Brandon

  256. This is great! I can certainly use these tips.

    Thanks for sharing.

  257. This post is great. Thanks for the information. It really helps me because I’m trying to write fast to be able to cope with my tasks.

    Keep it up and good luck!

    Thanks

  258. I always find that I have brilliant ideas for blog posts just as I fall asleep. Now I have a pen and paper by the bed, to jot them down. I have had some great ideas, and thought “oh well, it is so good I will remember it in the morning” and by morning they are well gone, never to return.

    I write any ideas I have in the drafts page on my blog, so that when I have some writing time, I also have some topics ready and waiting. By having a collection together, it is easier to spend an afternoon writing up enough posts to last a week, and much more efficient than doing one each day.

  259. Excellent advice. I particularly enjoyed #7- “Never save a good idea”. That’s brilliant. I’ve found that if you strike while the iron’s hot, the best ideas flow fast and furiously. But if you wait for later, you may find yourself wondering ‘what was I thinking exactly anyway?” Thanks for sharing such sound advice in a world full of rehashed clutter.

  260. This is amazing…these tips really work. My writing skills are improved upto 20% after reading this article :)

  261. This is excellent suff. 20 minutes certainly would be an excellent goal to aim for. Unfortunately for me I need more time so I can make sure my content is quality and not boring with fluff.

    I like the idea to let my thoughts and my ideas to sit for a 3 days. Who knows what inspiration can start flooding through.

  262. I have been spending altogether too much time on each article. I’m not going to bookmark this post. I’m going to print it, tape it up where I’ll see it, and memorize the ideas. Then my productivity will shoot through the roof. Thank you.

  263. Thanks for these tips. I’ve been lucky if I can finish an article in an hour. I’m not going to bookmark this post and lose it among all my other bookmarks. I have printed it and intend to study it daily before I start to write anything. If I can even get down to half an hour (for my 1000+ word articles), my productivity will skyrocket.

  264. Oops. Sorry for what looks like a duplication. I refreshed the page a couple of times and didn’t see my comment, so I tried again. But I mean it. These ideas will help me a lot.

  265. I totally need to limit myself to a certain time frame to finish writing as I so easily get distracted and always ended up spending more time than it actually needs!

    Thanks for the great article!

  266. Excellent article on how to write article in 20 minutes

  267. Sigh. I’m an economical writer, but there’s just no way I could write an article in 20 minutes, but now I’m starting to think seriously about this. One thing he mentioned that I’ve always done is to draft something up, then come back to it–preferably the next day, though I don’t always have that luxury. There’s something about a thought having time to percolate that provides clarity.

    I also keep a list of ideas that I develop and repurpose on my blog, articles, newsletter and social media posts. I get a lot of mileage out of my writing. Many of these are pulled from the marketing newsletters and website to which I subscribe. Spend an hour/day perusing these sites to stay on top of what’s going on, sign up for webinars and best of all, steal ideas.

  268. This short article proves the author is a real genius. Several text lines resulted in a long discussion. That’s what I call “alive text”. Don’t you think that most of the words we write should force human minds to work. Not to agree or disagree with us silently, but to think it over?

  269. wow, 375 comments… I just read your other post – top ten blogs and that is also nice…. this number of comments is a true evidence that your blog deserves the top spot.

  270. Great article, I really appreciated the main points of your writing. I’m always looking for ways to better my content, and this has helped immensely.

  271. I also happen to have a very tight schedule, so this post really lifted up the burden in my shoulder, as the quote strikes me: “Writing quickly doesn’t mean compromising on writing well, though.”

    Thanks for the great post!

  272. Thanks you so much for that list – I am the worlds best at saving my best content for later – to be honest I have around 20 pages of content on my computer right now (not to mention videos) just waiting for “the right monent”.
    What a douch :)
    Great advice – Now I’m hooked on your blog, the next hour will be spend going thru your stuff – thanks man :D

  273. Wow! I bookmarked this post a year ago but until now it’s still receiving so much traffic. No wonder because we can find so much jems in digging an old post like this. Cheers mate!

  274. Well with the entry of more bloggers and creation of new blogs with innovative ideas readers now focus on a blog that gives them comprehensive, authentic and fresh content. According to me 20 minutes is unrealistic but to achieve success as a blogger one must spend at least 45 minutes in writing a blog post.

  275. Thanks for sharing the tips for writing the article in 20 mins. I am very slow in article writing your tips will help me in writing the article fast .

  276. Great Post and love how you broke it all down to 7 basic steps that are easy to follow. This should help me speed up my article writing.

  277. I love the point of not forcing words just to complete the article. It’s wise to save that as draft and finish it once you get some more inputs on the topic.

  278. Great Tips. I have to say, I was a little apprehensive when I first saw the title of the article, but after reading it, it all makes sense. Not saving the seemingly easy articles for later really hit home. I need to save time NOW not later.

  279. Thank you so much for this article. It helped me to organise myself better. Now I follow the steps and it speed up my writing. I am so happy to have more time for my business.

  280. This is very great, you have allot of information and have encouraged me to write better and faster than before. Thanks again

  281. That was pretty helpful!

    I’m having one heck of a time trying to get my blog up on the right foot. But, what’s even worse than writers-block is a pile of forced, cruddy content. Quite frankly I’ve become a victim of both.

    So, thanks for the tips. I’m about to use them right now..

  282. If you scroll to the top of this list you will see that I first commented on this post in September of 2008. My business has changed dramatically over these past 3 years, but the one thing that has been a constant is my article writing and marketing. I encourage you to take this seriously, and know that you can do extremely well with this marketing strategy. And yes, it still only takes me about 20-30 minutes to write and submit each article.

    Connie Ragen Green

  283. Very interesting and useful post on 20 minute article writing. The problem I experience most of the time is finding quality content for research to enable you to put a quality article together, especially if it’s a subject about which your knowledge is limited. Finding sources of good info can be challenging and time consuming. Once that’s been accomplished then yes, it shouldn’t take too long to write the article. Great post though. Thanks.

  284. Nice Article!! I think we can add brainstorming as an important factor. Brainstorming ideas and comeback later would results in a high quality article!!

  285. Apart from my personal blog, it takes me hours and hours to write articles for clients for peanuts! Any tips for that?

  286. Your blog is like a breath of marketing fresh air. Nice, clean and well written, thanks for the articles advice and keeping an ideas list simple but effective

  287. I can’t write an article in 20 minutes but I sure will try will the help of these tips. I certainly can’t publish an article to my website in 20 minutes because there are other house-keeping tasks to perform such as SEO link-building.

  288. Wow! brilliant post.. 20 min is such a short time for me to write a single article. How I wish I can do that :)

  289. I often find myself struggling to come up with relevant topics related to my blog, but in the end I always find something. Lately, I have been writing a lot of stories and that too is proving difficult at times and it can take me days or weeks before I come up with anything. I never know what to do with myself when this happens, but jotting down ideas in a notepad is very effective.

  290. Very useful post. Writing to the point articles have a lot of benefits.

  291. Writing an article is like writing a piece of music. It has to sound right or its useless and waste of time. I take a lot more than 20 mins when writing as I keep toying with the words and keep replacing till I strike the correct note to convey my piece. Makes me proud of my artwork when I look at it later.

  292. Wow! Writing an article in just 20 min is quite too little of time. Better be organized!!!!!!!!!

  293. i want to write article for my website and this tips will really helpful.
    keep going on…

  294. Oh man,

    “so it’s time to be brutal” – that cracks me up.

    Very good info!

    Akos

  295. The article is delicious. Great points and some I had thought of. I approve this message! As a long time book coach, who published “Write your eBook or Other Short Book–FAst!” sill on Amzon, I’m now wriiting blogs to educate my audience. One blog that echoes this blog’s how to’s to help you spend less time ==>s
    http://bookcoaching.com/wp/blog-marketing-how-to-write-500-word-posts-in-7-steps/

    Just thinking–it took me almost 10 minutes to scroll down the huge numbers of comments! What a successful blog and you are the one who serves coffee?

  296. Something must be wrong with me- it takes me forever to write a blog post. And I feel like I get off on so many tangents. Then spend forever trying to figure out what to edit out- there’s that funny pun that shows my customers my personality, but does it draw too far from the point of the post?

    I’m keeping a running list of posts and agree that this is the #1 way to save time writing blog updates. One of my favorite craft business bloggers posted this great post recently with a free printable for brainstorming and scheduling blog posts. Maybe someone will find it useful:

    http://www.meaganvisser.com/2012/02/biz-challenge-schedule-1-month-of-blog-content/