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How To Write Fast: 8 Secrets To Better, Quicker Content Creation

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Do you ever wish you could write faster?

Almost everyone I know who creates content on a regular basis (including me!) is eager to find ways to be more efficient with our time while still continuing to produce high quality content.

If writing your newsletter, a blog post or finishing your book seems to take you forever, you’re going to love today’s episode of MarieTV.

That’s because I’m giving you eight, no-fail secrets to better, quicker content creation. Click play to learn a combination of techniques and mindset shifts that will help you write faster and feel great about it too.


Click here to read the post about Tony Robbins kickin’ my butt.

Action Jackson Time:  In the comments below, please share your own tips about writing faster or let me know which specific strategy from this video is going to help you the most.

I’m really excited to hear your feedback here and, as always, thank you in advance for contributing your genius to the conversation!

P.S.  If you want even more help with creating killer content that really grows your business, get your butt in B-School which is open now for a limited time.

With love,

Marie Forleo

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Hengam

Girl, these were 8 awesome tips! It usually takes me a long time to write, particularly because English is not my first language. I am very guilty of telling myself “oh man it’ll take forever to write..” and guess what, it does take me forever. Gotta flip the script!

I found keeping a list of topics to be very helpful. The ideas come as I am talking to someone, browsing a magazine, reading or watching something.

One other thing I struggle with is that my full time job is office work and everything has a very formal tone. When I write on my business blog or newsletter, I need to make an effort to make the language friendly.. sadly it doesn’t come natural.

Got any tips on how you make your blog posts and emails super friendly?

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Ameena Falchetto

A tip I use with my clients to make newsletters friendly is to write it as if you are writing to ONE friend, a really good friend. It really helps it flow and feel really personal and fun.

For blog posts – write like no one is ever going to read it .. write it for YOU in the way you want to write it … it’s like singing in the shower, I’d NEVER sing infront of anyone but in the shower I can really belt out those tunes … apply the same rule to writing and you’ll see a difference!

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L. Raquel Peterson

Ameena,

That is a really good tip. I do find that if I write as if I’m writing to people I know and love – especially a good friend with whom I can talk no holds barred, it does help a lot!

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Ameena Falchetto

Cool! Glad you find it works for you!

When we start thinking about the masses when we write we tend to get self conscious, muting our energy, personality and voice!

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Jodi

Marie’s tips were great and I also really liked yours Ameena thanks for sharing and inspiring!!!

Nicole

Hi Ameena,
It’s working for you too! Your emails really brighten my day and I do feel like they are coming from someone I know and like. (Social media is funny that way!) ~Nicole

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Ameena Falchetto

Thanks so much Nicole :) You’ve made MY day!

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Hengam

Singing in the shower analogy was a great tip Ameena :o)

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Monisha

This is such a great tip Ameena. Thanks so much!!

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Ashley Gwilliam

Haha, I never would have thought of it like singing in the shower. Great analogy!

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Julie Barnes

Those are some brilliant tips Ameena! Thank you for sharing!!!

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Maya Kuper

This is the same advice I use with my voiceover students! Instead of addressing everyone, I tell them to talk to ONE person. And it’s not just “a really good friend;” frankly, you’re writing to yourself. A diary entry. A note to self.

After all, when you’re talking to yourself, it’s when you’re the most honest and uninhibited. Who can’t get on board with that? We all want to listen in on someone else’s thoughts. It’s what makes the narration in “Sex and the City,” etc., so compelling.

Same goes for singing in the shower. You’re singing to yourself. Nobody can hear but you. That’s why it sounds good. :)

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Adrienn

English isn’t my first language either so I know what you are talking about!
My advice on this is that practice as often as you can. A great way to do this is to comment on blogs. It takes the pressure off, you become accustomed with writing short, meaningful and friendly stuff.

Marie, these will help me the most:
# 6. Don’t edit as you write!
#7: Give yourself a time limit.

On a side note, I really want to take part in B-school but I will be giving birth mid July to a baby girl. Any suggestions?

Thank you!

Adrienn

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Hengam

You are right, writing comments can help a lot. Practice practice practice!

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Hengam

I think all of B-school materials and resources are available on the members area. Including an audio recording of the conference calls. You can access them anytime later.

Congratulations on your baby girl :o) Super exciting! I had a very hard time recovering from my sons birth. Hope you have a smooth, quick and easy delivery :o)

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Adrienn

Thank you! :)
Well, I hope I will have the same amazing experience and easy delivery as with my son.

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PattieM

Adrienn: Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby. You mentioned in the “side note” that you really want to take B-School, and then there was a big “But”. I can understand your concern over the timing. The best part about the B-School format is the fact that it is (1) online – meaning you can access and work the modules according to your (and your baby’s) schedule; and (2) BEST support group EVAH! The support group will not be going away. They (we) will be there to support you every step of the way. If it is 2:00am and you cannot for the life of you figure out how to cuddle a crying baby at the same time you are trying to put the finishing touches on an inspired blog post, you just might find a few (or 50) virtual cuddles coming at you from all over the place. Ask. Receive. It’s Amazing how that works. Welcome to B-School. ~~~

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Adrienn

Thank you Pattie for your encouraging words! :)

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Justine

Hey Adrienn,

Congratulations on your baby girl who’s just around the corner! One of the pluses of B-School is that the materials are continually available via a password protected portal, so you will have access to everything beyond the program dates. That’s a definitely plus to consider in making your decision. :)

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Helena

Hi Hengam, I have the same problem, English isn’t also my first language and I’m always thinking – is this the right way to write this? Do you have any strategies for making it easier?

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Anna

Check here for the creator of the Flip the Script http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Krista Kubie

Marie, I have to say up front–HOT DRESS!

“Flip Your Script” is massive. I am SO glad you started with that.
I’m really going to focus on the time limit idea.
Thank You!

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Chas

Glad you mentioned it~ I was too shy. ;-)

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Anna

See here the original Flip the Script http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Chas

I think that ‘flipping the script’ has more applications than just on writing and I need to practice that more. I also found that #8 resonated with me and I find the idea of being the vessel to be very useful. I think the old school habit of keeping a journal is still a useful tool to clarify your ideas.(I still like the art of calligraphy, as well.)
@Hengam, relating to Blog posts(not sure about e-mails), it may be useful to think of yourself as having a fireside chat with an old friend. :-)

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Hengam

Thanks for the tip Chas! I’ll try it next time :o)

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Leyla Torres

I keep a journal, an old fashioned notebook with a date on each page. My discipline is that I have to fill the page each day. Some times the page is not long enough, and occasionally is hard to pass beyond 2 sentences. But having my journal keeps my ideas coming and recorded!

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Kim

I LOVE number 5!!! Plan it out 3-6 months in ADVANCE…takes the guesswork out of it + makes it easy peasy!

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Adrienn

Oh yes, I never thought that you should plan ahead so far! Will definitely do it!

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September

I also think this is the biggest take away for me. I spend a lot time thinking about ‘what to write’ – and sometimes never writing it :P

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Mia Salituro

Great dress! Great tips! Thanks Marie. : )

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Ameena Falchetto

Love your take on the English accent Marie!!!!

Great tips – only thing I’d add is that you need to have a GOAL for writing content – why are you writing? What do you want to achieve?

Are you writing for show, or are you writing for DOUGH? (either is fine but BE CLEAR!)

Once you get clear on what your objective is the topics flow … I usually have my content written up weeks, if not months in advance because I am 110% clear on what I write about – plus I have to illustrate my content which adds a good 30-75 mins to my load.

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Ania

Wow, how come I haven’t heard the P law before (smile)! This is SO true for me – not only in case of writing, but just almost everything… If I don’t have time frames or deadline, I can do one thing forever, still trying to improve, change, ect., ect. Thank you for these great tips!

PLUS: after making my small vid for B-School contest – the first video in my life – I appreciate your videos Marie even more. Why? – because you always got o merits in a substantial way, keep to your topic, it’s professional and funny at the same time, and I didn’t realise it’s not that piece of cake easy! (although it is piece of cake sweet!)

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Hengam

TOTALLY agree! I made my video for the contest too. Marie makes it look veeeery easy when it ain’t! Hopefully one day we get to do videos like a Marie :o)

Good luck with the contest Ania!

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Victoria

Great video & great dress Marie! I love tip #3 on keeping a topic list.

Sounds like that would really help me on days when I’m struggling to think of ideas for my newsletter and blog. Coming up with content is definitely one of the things that I struggle with the most and also writing without sounding boring or corporate.

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Crispina ffrench

Writing quickly is actually a strength. Found the video inspiring although, maybe I was procrastinating writing my post while watching it?! Love the enthusiasm and the vessel reference! Thank you my sister ~

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Katya Barry

Marie, you read my mind! I was just talking to my mates on CF about this very subject. I’m not much of a writer but what I’ve realised is that I don’t have to write or I don’t have to write essays per say. Here are some other things I and others who struggle to write could do:
-videos
-pictures/photos
-1-3 sentences strong kick ass thoughts
-sharing own experience/observations
-audio stuff like chats with friends, podcasts (related to the subject of course)

and I can still think of some more ideas.

Thanks for this video, it just reminded me that I can do it, it’s just about practice, trial and error.

Cheers!

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Katarina

All great points, the 2 that I’m really going to focus on is setting a time limit and writing first, editing later. Thanks so much!

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Laura

Tips #1 and #3 are the ones I’ve got to pay attention to. This voice keeps telling me ‘you’re an artist, you can’t write well’ so I really have to flip my script. Also, struggling to find topics slows me down and discourages me, so a list is a must! Thanks for this great video!

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Marty

Brilliantly presented, fun, playful, and great tips! Particularly like “Think from the end.” What do I ultimately want them to get from my Blog or Video?
Planning too. I find I go with what the topic of my clients’ greatest challenge is that week- like you did in answering the question – and an overall plan would be great to pull from.

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Stacey :: Soul Intelligence

Awesome tips! I wrote a blog post a while back, “10 tips for writing more blog posts in less time” (includes a great infographic from copyblogger on ideas for coming up with content)

Being prolific is terrific! The more content you create the better.

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Nathalie Lussier

I love that “being prolific is terrific” Stacey! I think for me having an editorial calendar works great, but also blocking out time to just write whenever the inspiration strikes tends to give me my best writing.

I usually write my best stuff after working out, and it’s like the inspiration comes into me while I’m being physically active. Then I’m just running back home to write, write, write.

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Stacey :: Soul Intelligence

Nathalie, being active works for me too! Sometimes you just have to walk away from the computer, rev up some endorphins and inspiration flows.

I also get a lot of ideas early in the morning upon waking (sometimes as early as 3 a.m., I’ll get an idea for a blog post). I don’t wait, I immediately start writing.

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Monica Lee

“Flip your script” was a biggie for me as well. I judge myself the whole time I am writing! Yikes! I know I have something to say….that should be my script. Awesome, Marie!

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Jayme

I love tip # 6 because this is my stumbling block most of the time. There’s this tendency to want to be perfect the first time and that does more harm than good. Besides when you edit as you write, it interrupts your train of thought and the flow of ideas. So yes, write first, edit later.

One of the things that help me write faster is to create a rough outline:
Intro: A story, a question, a quote or an idea
Body: Answer the 5W’s (Who, What, Where, When, or Why) and 1 H (How)
Extro: The ending of the story, the answer to the question or an equally powerful quote to match the intro

I find that using a distraction free writing environment also helps. Online you can use DarkCopy, offline there’s WriteRoom/Darkroom. One I’m particularly enjoying now is OmmWriter, the zen sound effects somehow stimulates the creative ideas to flow. :)

Thank you for this great post Marie, you’re always an inspiration. :)

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Adrienn

I just read Dale Carnegie’s book :”The quick and easy way to effective speaking” which is maybe a bit old school but so useful and he suggest the same.

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Jayme

Hi Adrienn! That’s an oldie but definitely a goodie. :) I think the basics will always work so it’s worth going back to them.

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Roseanne Schmidt

Great idea for a simple outline that seems and looks like it will work for just about any kind of writing project: novel premise, blog post, etc. etc. And… OmmWriter is fabulous. I agree. I agree. :)

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Jayme

Glad you appreciate the outline Roseanne. And OmmWriter is love… :)

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Pure Health Guide

I love the idea of using an editorial calendar and think it fits well with the idea of setting time limits for each post. I think this will really help me stay on track. Here’s to getting organised and writing faster!

+1 on Evernote – I would be lost without it.

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Miss Sassy

I love Evernote too :)

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Nathalie Lussier

Yes on Evernote! Here’s a quick getting techy with it video I recorded about how to use Evernote for idea gardens:

http://nathalielussier.com/blog/technology-blog/swipe-files-idea-gardens-evernote-review

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Roseanne Schmidt

Awesome, Nathalie! I just signed up for your Techy Newsletter :)

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Adrienn

Just signed up as well! Thank you!

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Helena

Hi! I visited your website and loved it but I got an error each time I tried to see an article – I’m using Safari. I don’t know if it’s temporary but thought that you would like to know.

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Miss Sassy

Love this video Marie. I loved your tips on FLIP the script. Your internal dialogue is so important and one I think many of us take for granted.

I also loved the tip about developing an editorial calendar and this is something I definitely need to do. I do think it’s difficult for many small business owners because in school we were taught to write for essay-writing. To write an essay, you start with an introduction and you gradually build up to your conclusion. To write effectively for the web, you need to do the opposite, and come to the point immediately. Journalists write in the inverted pyramid style and front-load their story, putting the essential and most attention-grabbing elements first, followed by supporting or explanatory information in order of diminishing importance. The least important information is at the bottom.

Being clear on your objectives for each article or blog post you write is probably the most critical point when writing for a web audience.

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Karin

That was AWSOME and FUN!! Thank you Marie for these insights. Just the kick I needed today as I’m sitting here procrastinating… as the saying goes “Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday. ~Author Unknown”

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Melanie Thomassian

Thanks Marie. I REALLY struggle with this one. I find that having a running list of topics has helped so much, though, otherwise I spend ages trying to find something to write about, when I could have written an article in the same time.

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Erika Dolnackova

I love this video Marie! I have been blogging now for couple of years and have finally figured it out. Most of your points were so bang on! Short and sweet was little hard for me to do as I am a talker, but lately I have been obsessed with simplicity, micro-blogging and giving my self very tight ( ridicules even) timelines. I use to procrastinate so much and now I love blogging. I still need to get more consistant but it is joy for me to do it now. I also got into a great habit of saving a draft of any creative idea that pops up and I even make a few short notes to get the article started. I have a loooong list of wonderful ideas now and never stress about what I am going to write about.

Great video! Thank you hot mama ;-)!

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Alison Cross

Great tips – thank you! Another suggestion that I would make is writing your copy off-line and just copying it in to your blog. Especially if you have a temperamental machine *looks at her mac monitor warily*

Nothing’s more upsetting that writing an amazing bit of work and *pooof* it vanishes for ever!

Keep up the great work!

Ali x

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The Get in Shape Girl

For me it’s important to write when/ where I’m not going to be interrupted. The worst thing ever is having all of these thoughts in my mind and while in the middle of getting them on my virtual paper, my boyfriend comes in asking me what’s for dinner or having my girlfriend text me about a sushi date. It breaks my focus and it’s so hard to get it back.

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James Chartrand - Damn Fine Words

The day I stopped caring what other people thought of my writing was the day I began writing so much faster, it was like lightning. There’s a ton of psychology wrapped up into writing, and clearing the obstacles out of the way is definitely one of the best means to faster, stress-free and FUN writing.

Great video, Marie!

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JCov

I still care what people think to an extent and I do think that dilutes my message just a bit. I appreciate your comment as it gives me the courage to just write as if writing to One person (as suggested above) and to be even more fearless! Great suggestion, and great video Marie I had just been telling myself “I´m a slow writer” and I know better than that!! :)

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Johanna

Morning Marie!
This is totally spot on. I write a lot of content for my blog and newsletters. Once I started carrying around a notebook to jot down ideas when they came to me, I realized that I was FULL of great ideas.

As you mentioned, I write with the end in mind. Sometimes I literally write the last paragraph first and work my way backwards. I find it flow sooo much better that way.

And my last tip towards success is that I write a post or newsletter at least a week out from when I want it to go “live.” I find that if I write under time pressure, my writing is horrible! And when I sit down to write, I usually write a couple newsletters or blogs at one time. Clearly, I just get into the zone!

Subscribe to my newsletter if you want taste of my writing on how to Eat well. Be happy. Love life. Visit me at http://www.johannavoss.com.

As always, love the sass!
xo Johanna

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Michele Delima

Hey Marie, these tips are awesome and right on target! I’m a freelance business writer and live within these concepts every day. Here’s a follow-on tip for #6: don’t write and edit at the same time. When I begin to draft I promise myself that I just need to write something. Often the muse is with me, sometimes she’s on holiday, but the key is to write. Then sleep on it. Let your imagination simmer over night. New connections form, information and ideas bubble up, and you’ve got fresh eyes ready to sharpen meaning and tighten content. If you have the time, sleep on it again. Polish a bit more, but keep a cap on it—see #7!

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L. Raquel Peterson

I love this video and I think it is sooooo timely, as I’m working on several different sites now.

Being the “vessel” and allowing your inner muse to show up is an excellent tip. Sometimes all I have to do is start writing and the mind goes off and creates an excellent blog post on its own. Other times, it will be “on-the-fly” inspiration that really makes an impact in how my content comes out. When I’m passionate about a particular subject at the moment, that’s when creating content about it becomes easier.

Another tip I have is for those who’ve installed Google Analytics. If you have GA installed, go ahead and look at your long tail keywords and keyphrases that are currently bringing you traffic at the moment. I find many times you’ll see traffic for certain articles… and keyphrases leading visitors to articles related to the topic, yet not answering them. Those are some of your best articles to write because they come with a built-in audience that’s already coming to YOUR site for the information. :-)

I loved this episode – Happy Q&A Tuesday everyone!

Lauryn

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Rachel Henke

That’s a great tip L Raquel :)

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Anne

Thanks Marie, I just needed someone -you!- to remind me of all this. And yes: awesome dress!!!! :-)

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Kimberley

Spot on as always Marie. I’ve noticed that the more confident I get with who I am and what my message needs to be, the faster it flows. In saying that, I’m definitely guilty of editing while writing and now that you’ve mentioned it, I can see how much it slows me down. No more I tell you! :)

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Jessica Drummond

Thanks so much for sharing Parkinson’s Law. As a busy working mom, I need to keep this front and center to help me with the “crazy schedule” story.

xo,
Jessica

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Tania

to be fast in my writing right now… let me say… “in the few days I know you I have learned allot in an enjoyable way”. I am thankful to your lovely you Marie!

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Rachel Henke

You always bring a smile to my face Marie :)

Love the tips.

The way I’ve been able to produce a ton of high quality content is to have a list of topics ready like you say (so you’re not depending on the ‘muse’ to strike!)
and setting http://www.online-stopwatch.com so you know you have a certain amount of time and then the timer rings!

The other biggie is to jot down intro, body and summary BEFORE you start. Kinda like you said begin with the end in mind but this also gets you started and moving through so you stay on track.

This works for video and audio too.

Thanks and hope that helps someone :)

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Ellen Zimmerman

I write for a living — for clients for my marketing/consulting business. For them, I do carefully planned editorial calendars.

So why is it that for my new business, I haven’t done that yet?! Thanks for the reinforcement (had been kicking myself about this yesterday) to go to my free-form list of blog and post ideas (which is now multiple pages) and organize the dang thing. There are some ideas that are time-based that I didn’t use this year. If I organize them, they’ll be waiting for me the next time that season rolls around.

Commitment to self: by Wed., 5/30, get editorial plan polished for June through September (including the schnitzer of paper on which I wrote what days of week/month to publish blog and e-newsletters, what day to check Google Analytics, etc.) and get yourself straight!

Thanks, Marie!

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Nicole

Hi Marie,
Definitely number five, “Plan it Out!” I am going to implement this into my business this week. When I worked at a large company, I found that regulating my activities was easy because of protocols that were set by the company… (It’s Monday, must be figure review and conference call day.) But in working for myself, I haven’t implemented those same types of lane lines. I think I am being creative, but I’m really just confusing myself.

Thanks as always!
Nicole

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JoAnn Jordan

Your 8 tips are great. Using an editorial calendar is a big help to me. I find I also have to be open to changing it if a great idea comes along that I find myself just having to share and it is time relevant (like a recent event, or released article). This is also part of where your tip #8. shows up in my life.

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Renee

Hi Marie,

great tips on creating content – I am very guilty of not writing on a regular basis and the “it takes me forever” story telling.

One tip that I already use is to not edit while I am writing, as this also stops the flow of ideas and sometimes stops the whole writing process in its tracks.

The one tip from your video that I will definitely implement is the planning. I will put up a big old paper calender so I have my dates and topis in plane view for my brain to start getting the right ideas.

Thanks heaps – already looking forward to the next video :)

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Lisa | Practically Intuitive

Great points, Marie! I often get ideas for blog posts while driving so I just use my handy iPhone recorder thingy and talk it out. Then later, when I’m home (and not driving!) I can listen at leisure and decide what fits for my blog at the time I’m writing.

Also, as a hard-core Woo-Meister, I am in agreement with allowing the wisdom and words to flow on through. Key is: INTENTION! Set your intention to bring through a good idea and then let it flow! (Edit later if needed!)

Thanks for all you do to make our lives easier and better! :)

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Ursula@Cutelicious

Thanks for all those amazing suggestions! Loved them!
And I am really really interested in that article about evernote! :-) Just checked out their page and seems like that is something I would love … So thank you for suggestions it and would love to hear more about it!

Something I learned while writing – write when it comes easy!
I try to write posts when I am in “writing-mode”. Even if I do not have to upload another post for the next days. But there are times when writing comes really easy and flows – and there are times when it is completely useless to try. I tried pushing myself at those times but realized at some point that it saves me so much time and energy to just leave the writing alone if it is a “no-writing” time and finish up (much faster) later.
Not sure if this is an issue for everyone. But there are probably at least a few people who “function” similarly. :-)

Love and thanks for the great videos!
Ursula

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LC | Colored Girl Confidential

This was definitely timely advice. I, too, loved the suggestion of planning content a couple of months in advance. But I have another secret weapon.

My secret strategy for limitless inspiration? Stealing. Yup. When I see really great articles that resonate with me or are super helpful, I take that topic and then make it specific and relevant to my target population.

For example, this week, I was feeling super uninspired but needed a blog post topic. Then yesterday, I came across a blog post over at Feministing called “The World According to Stock Photos of Women.” Hilarious.

And since it was written from the perspective of a white woman, I used it as inspiration for a similar post on stock photos of black women, since my blog is geared towards women of color.

This strategy is especially helpful if you have a really specific niche. Then it’s easy to take generally helpful and entertaining tidbits and customize to fit the lifestyle and interest of your audience. :)

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Marina Klima

You are just so lovable, Marie! Even though I know all the secrets and use them, but your tips are still awesome. Since I am a small business, it gets pretty lonely and I need someone like you to reconfirm all I am doing.

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Leyla Torres

Writing without editing right away! That’s a big secret. Write every idea quick as it comes… then copy, paste and move lines around. When I write I always think I’m making a quilt.

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Susie

Great point! I do this too….just go off on a rant, edit later :)

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Marty

I am loving the quality of the responses! Great ideas and the links to resources are terrific! Thanks for sharing!

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Claire

I believe strongly that I am a vessel and not the “source”. I’m glad you mentioned that idea, Marie. I think it’s really important. :)

One thing that I have to get into, though, is following an editorial calendar. I think doing so will really help me in the long run.

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Nancy Troske

Love these tips……I think the one that will work best for me is the editorial calendar – taking the time to be organized and plan ahead.

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Susie

Agreed! There is a free plugin if you use wordpress :)

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Dodie Jacobi

Great summation of tips I also learned through years of writing, so thanks for the leg up for my clients who are just getting their feet wet! The new tip I find helpful for me is to start with the outcome I want from what I’m writing and reverse engineer. I’m going to go back up now on some writing I have in progress! Hear me beeping?

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Ashley Karr

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Genevieve

Awesome tips, gonne keep in mind NO EDITING while I write, and time limits.

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Sonya

Hi Marie
Just loved 2. keeping the end in mind and 8. on being the vessel. I’ve never heard of writing like that and will implement all these techniques.
After just finishing an 1,000 word article I really appreciate about keeping it short and sweet.

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Sidsel Dorph-Jensen

OMG, did I just feel my ears burning there?
Love, love, love you, Marie!
And thank you thank you – you just saved me a lot of time, that I can now use doing other awesome stuff in my business.
Such great tips – implementing them all. Especially the one about knowing the outcome, before I write the article is going to shave hours of my writing time.
xxx

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Nathalie Lussier

I loved hearing your question and knowing it was you Sidsel! :)

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Jackies S

Oh Darn!
Why is content KING??? I am a photographer and no one wants to read about photos or see images of people they don’t know.

The internet is so swamp with photography tips, tricks, and how-to(s), it’s insane.

Now, I need to write faster? What I really need is an English teacher. My writing is sooooo bad. Ok… No more ranting. I am going to write these 8 tips down and see what happens. Thanks a million dollars Marie. You truly inspire me and I had already shared your video with me peeps!

Oh, what I noticed that work for me to write an article or even a post, is peace and quiet. I need to be somewhere to get my juice flowing. This may not work for everyone but once I clean my room, organize my desk (and my pretty iMac 27″ computer), then my head is clear and is ready to write. I hope this is a helpful tip for someone.

Peace out!

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Hengam

Jackies, I totally disagree! I LOVE seeing pictures of people I don’t know! A picture is worth a thousands words! Pictures are also a form of content. I checked out your site, you have some beautiful photos. Pinterest is ideal for someone like you :o)
Thanks for the tip. It is helpful to be reminded of it.

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Sabrina

I thought that this post would be of interest to you. This photographer uses her blog as a resource for people to introduce them to stories, concepts and preparation for working with her. She did my profile photos AND she writes EXACTLY like she speaks. No need to be a good writer – flip that script! Just write like you speak. :)

Here’s a sample of one on how to prepare for your profile photos:

http://www.imagingbymarlis.com/portraits/preparing-for-your-portrait-session/

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Emma Burcart

I love the idea of flipping the script first! That is something I definitely need to work on. I have been keeping a list of blog ideas and that is totally working for me. Then when I sit down to write, I have a list of topics to choose from sitting right there. I figured out a way to make my list-making easier. Because I didn’t want to stop everything and run to my computer and using my phone is too techno for me, I put blank notecards and a pencil in pretty much everyroom in my house. Then when I get an idea, I write it down. Once a week I take those notecards into my office and set them next to the computer. There is my list. Any leftover ideas I want to keep for later go on the computer list. Doing that helped me to realize that I get most of my best ideas in the bathroom. Now I make sure to keep the drawers stocked with paper and pencil. Especially right next to the shower, where most great ideas happen for me. Thanks for these great tips. I can’t wait to put them in action, especially since I’m such a fast writer now. :)

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Liane Carter

A great tool which helps me when I slip into slow mode is the pie. I think Nick Daws gave me the tip. I set three writing tasks – all different in content, purpose or length – and set three alarms 20 minutes apart. Then I commit to writing in that hour within the non-negotiable guidelines that once the first twenty minute alarm goes off, I MUST switch to the second task – or slice of pie – no matter how smoking the first one is becoming or how engaged I am. And then do the same when second alarm goes off and work on the third piece. Tip: Have the three documents open on your laptop before the hour starts so you aren’t wasting time switching for a different slice of pie. You can just leap right – write :) – in. Bonuses: The thrill of this is when you leave one of them and don’t want to, it just makes you want to repeat the whole pie again and so you are so much more productive because you are itching to get back to that piece and the great state of being you felt when you left it; you will be impressed at the increase in your word count and quality and focus; you feel great ticking off on your to do list that you moved on in three areas of writing today, for example: article, blog and book. If you want some weekly writing tips, check out my mini blog every Thursday on http://www.lianecarter.com. Happy writing. :)

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yoga sara

Thanks so much for sharing, Marie!

I’m a lifelong writer who has been THE. SLOWEST. her whole life (well, until now, I’m gonna flip that script!). We’re talking Slow Mo, from elementary school standardized tests through college term papers til now on my blog and as a freelance writer.

Something I’d add that’s really worked for me: KNOW THYSELF. This is relevant from the method in which I write to the content I create. I mean: time of day to write, where to sit, what to have nearby (cup of water with lemon, my day planner) and what NOT to have (NO TV! NO Facebook tab on my browser! NO snacks! NO text messaging! NO nail polish to touch up chipped nails!). I know how easily distracted I get so I must consciously remove those distractions to focus on the task at hand. Know thyself.

Time limits and the editorial schedule, I will implement those today. Thanks again! :) xx

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JCov

Ha,ha I LOVE all those distractions you just called out. SO good and SO true. Even the nail polish! Ha. I use a program called Chrome Nanny where I can the URLs for websites I´m not allowed to visit during the time I´ve allotted to write. Chrome Nanny actually blocks those websites! So when I am thinking of what I want to write and begin to aimlessly type in http://www.gmail.com or http://www.facebook.com I get a message saying…”shouldn´t you be writing!?” and it won´t let me access the page. It has been a life saver for me. I didn´t realize how I mindlessly wonder off the path. Really helpful.

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Rich

A real good kick in the butt primer on this (particular for writing, but anything that requires creativity) is Steven Pressfield’s War of Art (http://amzn.com/1936891026) or a shorter/easier to digest intro Do the Work (http://amzn.com/1936719010). Both great treaties on being a pro when it comes to your work and overcoming, as Pressfield calls it, the internal Resistance that battles you and tries to slow/sabotage what you’re doing.

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Roseanne Schmidt

Both are great reads (with HUGE re-readable value)! Pressfield is great! Did you catch Marie’s interview with him?

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Leah Campbell Badertscher

Awesome post, Marie! My favorites were Mr. P’s law (I use the timer on my iphone, short but total laser focussed chunks of time, and dress-rehearsal deadlines for this), not writing and editing at the same time (even writing the first time as if mistakes were impossible – everything is a potential gem – I’ve even had misspellings/bad handwriting turn out to be much more brilliant than what I had meant to write!), but I think that knowing you are the vessel and not the source is the most profound and profoundly liberating. I’m actually writing a book and leading a creativity retreat (“What Wants to Happen”) based entirely around this concept. How to get out of your own way, allow what wants to come through, have a “conversation” with that (a “triaxial conversation” – you, the Source, and what you’re creating), and then take crazy massive action to carry it through. It’s all about getting clean and clear (through a variety of practices), connected, aligned, and then GO with it until it’s done. And fun. It’s also gotta be about crazy incredible fun!
Thanks for another great video and your high quality content!
-Leah

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Sue Gresham

Marie,
Excellent! Every tip is dead on. At any given time, I need to be reminded about each of them. Today, I will work on #6….Don’t edit and write at the same time.
Thanks for another inspiring and energetic video.

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Stacey Lewis

Hi Marie!! I loved this video. I always considered myself a non-writer but these tips are making me rethink that!! I especially loved the tip about not writing and editing at the same time and keeping an editorial calendar. Keep the content coming, I’m eating all up!

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Leah Troiano

I was a writing working on weekly publications. The weeklies are a hardcore, sink-or-swim industry. If you didn’t write fast, you were gone.
Writing fast isn’t just about getting the words on the page. It’s about getting your research done before you write.
Adding to Marie’s tip of “keeping a running list of topics,” I would suggest keeping your running list on your computer or leave extra space under each topic in a notebook, so you can add information when it comes to you.
Once you commit to the topic by writing it down, that idea gets tucked deep into your mind and you notice related information as it comes to you. When you notice that information, capture it and place it under that corresponding topic. When its time to write, you end up having all this great information just waiting for you!
I almost never sit down to a blank page, which can be daunting to some people. Having that information waiting for you helps the article write itself and cuts down writing time drastically.

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Jan Malloch

Thanks so much Marie for yet more awesome nuggets of brilliant information!

I love #8!!

Instead of worrying about trying to invent content, let’s sit back and allow content to come to us. Sit quietly and we will recieve inspiration!!

Take care and have fun!!
Jan

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Mary Motz

When inspiration strikes at the supermarket (as it always does)… call your Google Voice number and leave yourself a voice message. It will get transcribed (badly, I will admit) and sent to your in-box – you will at least have a reminder of what the great idea was while you were in line to check out. :-)

Also – EVERNOTE. That is all. :-) Great topic, Marie!!!

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Tammy

Excellent advice all around, Marie! Thank you for honing in on the specifics. I think “don’t write and edit at the same time” is a big one for me.

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Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca

I’d like to add Danny Iny’s Write Like Freddy program — Danny did 80 guest posts in under a year, and wrote a book. The man’s awesome. http://writelikefreddy.com/

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Joanna DeVoe

Cool! I’ll check it out.

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Bill Joyce

My wife turned me onto your site. Very informative and on point.
I use Dragon Naturally voiceto text very effectively for the write then edit. Write it, edit, run through spell check, thesarus, grammar then READ IT AGAIN then post

Thanks great vid

Bill Joyce

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Sandy

Inspiring. Accurate. Real.

Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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Hadley Gustin

The number one tip that I can give for writing faster is to keep your main message top of mind while you write and surrender the rest. I have been doing this a lot lately as I write guest articles and blog posts for other sites, and I find that I can crank out a great piece in a shorter amount of time when I do as Marie said and act as the vessel, not the source. Writing has always been a strong suit of mine, but I used to spend hours perfecting my work. Now, I am more apt to go with the flow and accept whatever creative genius comes out of me even if it is not what I originally planned.

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Fajr

You look damn good girl!

The piece that resonated the most was “be the vessel, not the source”. I took it to me that I can get experts to contribute to my content and help with research and I can be the vessel to present it, but that I don’t always have to know everything to present great content.

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Kelly Scotti

Wow, Marie, that was WONDERFULNESS!!!! So helpful. Especially the editorial calendar. I always tend to write my newsletter based on whatever is in my head at the time, relating it to whatever I plan to offer at the time, but I dont tend to put a lot of effort into planning ahead of time, so that is going to make such a difference to me. I also love thinking that Im the Vessel…takes away a little of the pressure I feel to get it right.

For me, writing my newsletter is like writing a letter to my friends. I love to include a note at the beginning of my newsletter, just letting my list know whats happened recently in my life, including a pic, and then relating that to my offering (or just sending love). The pic actually takes me to the moment I want to describe so much easier than just remembering it, and gets me excited to share, so my content ends up being so much more “me”. And my list tends to take action more when I include a pic than not.

Thanks for rocking it every week!

Kelly Scotti

ps, I am so fast…

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Alyssa

#5 Plan it out! I’ve resisted this for far too long while launching my website, social media presence and planning out & writing of my book. Now is the time! Thanks for the kick in the pants Marie!

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Joanna DeVoe

My best tip for writing fast & well is to let yourself SUCK!

Go on & SUCK BiG TiME… just get your thoughts out in one big stream of conscious glob, punctuation & grammar be damned, and then you can go back and shape it into something respectable once it’s all out on the page.

Also- Natalie Goldberg’s “Writing Down The Bones” is an excellent book to have on hand for inspiration!

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Julie Anne Jones

Awesome tips, Marie. Love all of them. Here’s my best tip. I block out the last week of every month for content production. I don’t make any coaching appointments that week and I focus for five straight days on getting all of my blog posts and my e-zine written and my radio shows recorded for the next month. That way, I’m set for the whole month, the stress of weekly content production is eliminated, and I can focus on everything else I do on a weekly basis to grow my business.

I started this practice in February of this year and it’s made a HUGE difference in the way I work (and my stress load).

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Julie Barnes

I love your tip Julie. Thanks for sharing!!

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Hilary Parry | Tarot by Hilary

Oh Marie, how do you KNOW I’ve been stalling on writing my latest blog post? ;) These are such great tips!

I will definitely be using the “not editing while you’re writing” and “flipping my script” tips! Also… actually USING my editorial calendar.

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Wendy Irene

The best way I know how to ‘be the vessel’ is to meditate for 10 minutes first, then write. It is huge for me, works really well!

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Betty

Hi Marie!! Thank you so much for this video. I was dealing with this same issue JUST YESTERDAY and was feeling like it would take me forever to even think of topics to write about as i create my first newsletter! But your video has inspired me to not sit around waiting for ideas, but to use the universe as my inspiration. I came up with two topics while watcing this video alone!! thank you so much…

Also, thanks to all of you who have commented, you have additionally provided great tips for overcoming “writer’s block”.

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Felicia Holman

Hey, Marie!

Thanks for another awesome ‘Q&A Tuesday’!

There were 3 actionable tips that resonated most for me:

1)The Editorial Calendar—“….1-2 hrs to plan 3-6 months”. As someone who’s starting to blog, I truly appreciate for that timeline!

2) “Don’t Edit As You Write!”—It’s like you were speaking directly to ME!

3) “Be the Vessel, not the Source”—For nerds like me, this one is fundamental….my new mantra, in fact!

Thanks again, Marie!

—Felicia

P.S.—Though I missed the deadline for the B-School scholarship contest yesterday, I’d still love to attend! :)

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Share Ross

I needed this today, Marie.

As per usual, you kick my butt into action. Love this list.

I will apply it immediately!
xo

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Karina B. Heart

I loved your comments about Flipping the script, the unconscious biotch and the Genius! These three parts of us–rational, intuitive and genius/divine–bring us anywhere we want to go if we know how to get them to cooperate. We can access that Genius anytime we like when we know how to do it! This is exactly what I teach in Soul Support, so I was thrilled to see you touching on it here.
Also, the line, “Work expands to fill the time allotted,” is from Betty Freidan’s feminist feministo, “The Feminine Mystique.” Of course, she was talking about housework, but it certainly applies to any work or play!
Great video, Marie. Thanks for all you do.

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Anna

check out more on Flip the Script http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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lone morch

Just have to say, I love your play + quirks and alter egos showing up to teach us a thing or two. Gives me encouragement to let my quirks come out to play too. You make bizzness more fun. love, xo

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JoAnn

Thanks, Marie – Love your sassy self!

I AM already the ‘conduit’ – just haven’t figured out the outer frame name of this new content movin’ through me yet – it’s comin’ though, and glad to have your spicy straight talk help now! Let it roll on out! You balance me out, sweetie! Gratitude from another Jersey Shore Girl-now-Mountain Colorado Woman! JoAnn

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Kim Miles

Marie,
I love the editorial calendar and frankly have only planned out 3 months in advance so this 6 month idea is definitely a keeper!

BTW, BSchool looks AMAZING!!! and I am working on the video to be the lucky winner of the scholarship:)

Thanks for all the great content you provide.
Blessings & gratitude
km

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Ashley Gwilliam

Kim,

Planning 3 months in advance is AMAZING! Sometimes 6-months can be hard to do if you’re just starting out and are still finding your voice. And, yes B-School rocks! It totally changed everything for me.

xx,
Ashley

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Nanette Saucier

Marie, these 8 tips for writing quickly are HOT!! My tip is that I keep track of great quotes I find and use them for inspiration to write about. They can be great topics or add to other topics.

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JoAnn Baker Paul

PS – love your tips on how to write faster – not to write + edit @ the same time (yay-ah!) and set time limits….here’s where I’ve fumbled in the past – need to ‘flip the script’ on time big time!
Flips: nay: ‘I never have enough time!” say: “I have ALL the time I need!”

nay: ‘I only have 30mins to do this! say: “30mins is ALL I need!” –

Thanks again, and now time to get to work!
JoAnn

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Anna

More on Flip the Script http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Julie

I love #6 – I spend so much time rewriting sentences WHILE I’m trying to write . .I’ll definitely take your advice on this – Thank you!! Lots of great advice in the comments too. I love Q & A Tuesday (and that dress!).

Thanks Marie!!

Julie

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SallyatSomi

If writing isn’t your thing, my advice is to hire a professional. I can’t tell you how many poorly written, inaccurate, misspelled communications I receive in my inbox each day. It’s okay if you’re not a great writer and speller – you can’t do everything yourself! If you can’t afford to hire someone, keep it short and sweet, like Marie says, and have an anal retentive friend proof it for you. This past week alone I received emails with street names and days misspelled and one email promoting an investment conference that never said where it was being held! I wanted to go but now I’m wondering if I want advice from someone who overlooks details like this. If you’re interested in writing and editing services, shoot me an email.

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christine

It’s funny how many of us struggle with the same issues. It always makes me feel better to know that I’m not just a dumb *ss! I love this list and immediately responded to #1, flip the script. I would always think “this shouldn’t be so hard, IF I WERE A GOOD WRITER, THIS WOULD BE EASY. It took alot of reading on writing to see that is absolutely NOT TRUE. I think the point was really pushed home by the War of Art, which Ms. Marie recommended. Great writers struggle…creating isn’t supposed to be easy, so we embrace it. I still fight those ideas, so thanks for reminding me that sometimes it’s as easy as “You are a fine writer, keep going!”
The #1 thing that has helped me is to mind-map my ideas. I’ve realized I’m a visual person, and trying to play with ideas is difficult in a linear way. When I sit down to write, I generally have a million ideas/influences/concepts that I’m trying to sort out, and a blank screen doesn’t get me anywhere but frustrated. From a mind map, I can create my outline much more easily because I’ve really just mapped it out for myself making writing complicated pieces much faster.
I personally need greater accountability because I do have a tendency to sometime procrastinate (because I’m afraid of the topic) or luxuriate (because I love the topic and don’t want to move beyond the intake phase). Working alone is the hardest thing for me, but i haven’t figured out how to partner with others yet!

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Ashley Gwilliam

Hey Christine,

I feel yeah on the procrastination. For me personally, that means I’m either A. Not very clear on what I want to say (my idea is too general) or B. I’m afraid of something.

One thing I’ve started doing that helps is making “write-in” dates with local bloggers + entrepreneurs in my home city. It makes it more fun to bounce ideas around AND it pushes you in a good way to get your sh*t done.

*I’d love to learn more about how you use mind-mapping. My idea curation process involves using Evernote + maintaining a running Google doc. But I also find it “linear” and limiting.

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Rekha

I started keeping an editorial calendar for my weekly design blog posts and it has helped me so much! At the beginning of every quarter I write a rough draft of each post and then edit it closer to the post date. In fact by July I will start to work on my editorial calendar for 2013! Since my blog is all about giving design tips and design ideas, I started to use Pinterest as a way to capture images/products that I want to use in each post. Each Pinterest board I create corresponds to a blog post. And this now has streamlined my social media efforts as each “pin” translates easily to a tweet or a Facebook post!

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Maria

@Rekha. that sounds AWESOME! I’m usually struggling with my posts and hadn’t considered an editorial calendar. ON IT!

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Christine

#6 – don’t write and edit @ the same time is going to help me tremendously. Thanks, Marie!

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Joanna DeVoe

NOT that I recommend this, but there’s a funny sign making it’s way around Pinterest that reads:

WRITE DRUNK.

EDIT SOBER.

:OP

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Hilary Parry | Tarot by Hilary

I LOVE THAT!!!

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Joanna DeVoe

LOL. Me too! I also love tarot. So, off to check out your site…

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Ashley Gwilliam

LOL… there’s a little bit of truth in that. You could also try a healthier option, like breath-of-fire yoga to get out of your “little self.”

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Joanna DeVoe

Yes! Yes! Breath Of Fire… much healthier option :O)

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Jennifer

I needed this info! I love to procrastinate on newsletters out of fear that I can’t come up with either enough or good quality information for my studio. Thank you for the tips!

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Lana @ Help! I Can't Stop Eating

Hi Marie,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! for this video!
I have been feeling feeling so stuck lately with writing my blog/newsletter.
I love your point about having people ask you questions as well as finding info in mag’s and articles.
Also, great point on the editing part, I agree, just get the ideas down and edit later.
Again, thank you Marie

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Julia Vallely

I’m currently writing a book and can TOTALLY relate to and agree with Mr P’s Law. In school deadlines are not exactly a choice, you just get the work done. In my own free time, I try to stick with that principal—just Do it!! :)

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Monisha

Hi Marie,

The one that I resonated the most is the “flipping your script”. I’ve hired people to do copy/messaging for me BIG MISTAKE, because they never truly find the essence of what I am feeling inside. this simple strategy has now allowed me to say that ” I CAN write”, just need some help which is why I am really excited for B school. Mr P’s Law was next…..I feel like the queen of procrastination and everything else is coming first, mommie duties, family etc. I need to flip that script too!! I can do it, just need to schedule things in so I am accountable for the time.

Thanks so much…see you in B school.

Monisha

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Anna

The original Flip the Script by Edson Williams http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Nat Nanton

Yeah! Great tips! One thing that helps me is figuring out what I need to do to get into my writer’s mojo. It took a little experimenting but now I know that a cup of tea, instrumental jazz on low, tidy surroundings, my writing sweats (ie. loose, cotton comfiness) and my favourite scented candle, all help me write stronger, faster, better. Basically, tune in with your 5 senses and the words will start flowing! Sounds “woo woo”, but it works!

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Lisa Sonora Beam

Yeah baby! This will be bookmarked forever.

Deadlines and accountability are the most important ways I get my writing done. Fast. The piece you linked to about delivering content for Tony Robbins is spot on.

I only had three months to deliver my manuscript for The Creative Entrepreneur (which also coincided, of course, with the busiest growth spurt of my business). When it rains, it pours.

From now on, I will always think of my subconscious limiting beliefs as coming from the BEE-OTCH who needs to take her drama elsewhere.

So excited to for B-School to start – I’m in and can’t wait to meet the other chicas ricas!

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Heidi Brown

I am sooooo relieved to know I don’t have to be the source. I am feeling an immediate release of tension and fear just knowing I am only the vessel. Now all I have to do is keep my vessel wide open so the creativity can flow.

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Ibbo @ Natural Gumption

Outstanding stuff Marie, flipping the script is such a simple concept and can be so powerful! We are also just falling in love with evernote!

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Anna

check out this guys on Flip the script http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Jessilicious

What a fabulicious topic, Marie! And PERFECT timing for me, as this is something I’ve been struggling with a bit. I love your tips! In particular, planning out my topics with an Editorial Calendar and seeing myself as the vessel not the source are the two that are the MOST helpful for me right now. I’ve scheduled in time to get cracking on that Editorial Calendar… ;)

Thanks for all your awesome tips! :) xo

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La Niña Bipolar

Thanks a lot!! Now i am a better copywriter! Securely not, but i hope so! :)

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Craig Worrell

Hmmmm….what should I write here?
Haha, ok, seriously….Marie, thank you so much for those 8 tips for writing FASTer content. We all struggle with this.

The notepad filled with TOPICS is a great technique, my pockets are always lined with post-it notes, crumpled napkins, etc. with topics for content on them. I get home and empty my pockets each night and must transcribe them to google docs.

The NEW strategy that I heard from you today and that I think is so awesome is……drum roll please …. Don’t write and edit @ the same time! That is going to be huge for me. But, I would like to tweek it just a bit to say “Don’t CREATE and EDIT at the same time”….cuz I think the front-end (preamble) of any good piece of content is the creation phase.

Thanks again from a very new follower to the world of “MarieForleo”.

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Elizabeth Kipp

Excellent guidelines! “Be the vessel” was my favorite, but “keep writing, do editing later” is a MUST! I am an editor at the moment, writing on the side. You’re so right! Thank you for your FREE help! Most Grateful! XOXO :o)

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Sharon Vornholt

Marie –

I have been writing a blog for my business for about 2 years now. I can tell you from experience that incorporating your tips along with “practice” will greatly shorten the time it takes to create a quality blog post or article. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

Often times I will choose a topic and begin writing. It will come to me that this topic could even be a “series” of several more detailed articles.

By the way, I love your site.

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Tracy @ HappyDaisyAZ

Oh Marie! Thank you. I’ve been tossing around the idea of an editorial calendar lately and never actually do it. I’m going to take your video as the “sign” I needed to get my butt in gear. I’m doing it today, dammit! Thank you!

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Susan Giurleo

Using Twitter has totally sped up my writing (and made it more concise,too). Training my brain to write quick, pithy, useful tweets has trained it to write content fast and be pithy and useful, too : ). Now you can’t just tweet useless drivel, but really think about what you are tweeting and why, what point you want to make and who you are talking to. It’s a great way to speed up your writing brain waves : ).

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Big L

One of the BEST vids so far. I loved it, I’m sharing it, and I’m putting it into practice. The reverse engineering of the content, editorial scheduling, and separation of writing and editing stood out the most for me. They’re super duper important reminders that I needed to hear today! Thanks Marie!

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Lisa

Marie,
I love the “You’re the vessel not the Source” tip. I think I take that one to the extreme. I put my writer angels on a task and when the piece is ready I start to hear parts of it- then I know I can sit and let it flow out. How else was I supposed to get through grad school?! LOL
Thanks for your generosity in sharing wisdom and for being an inspiring example of entrepreneurship.
Blessings, Lisa

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Tolle Haus

Nice post – although the editorial calendar suggestion didn’t appeal. At least or me, that would really put a damper on spontaneous, intuition-driven expression. I view writing as a conversation over coffee with my favorite client – and I don’t think that planning things out months in advance would work for me.

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Joanna DeVoe

It’s funny you say that, because I just ditched mine! It really was sucking the JOY & creativity out of my biz & I’m all about the JOY & creativity!

It probably works beautifully for some (Type A Types?) & less so for others. It’s a great video, none the less, and I agree that writing, at least good writing, is a form of conversation.

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Amy Scott

I had the same problem! I found I was never in the mood to write about what was scheduled for a certain day. I ditched the formal editorial calendar and now I just keep a list of ideas, and if nothing comes to me off the top of my head, I go check out the list!

I think the only particular thing an editorial calendar really helps with is planning out posts if you want to leak ideas leading up to a launch or a big announcement. Other than that, I’m all about going with the flow and what inspires me in the moment!

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Joanna DeVoe

Yeah- I can see how it could be really helpful for a launch, but, other than that, I’m with you! Gotta go with the flow & ride those wonderful moments of inspiration…

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Ainslie

I definitely need to try out this planning content well in advance thing! I’ve been trying to wing it with my blog posts a lot lately, and it’s just not happening. This is a good kick in the butt to work on my content strategy.

ALSO, Mr. P’s law! Ohohohoho, do I ever fall prey to that one, like, every day. Deadlines are a curse and a blessing to me. I need to start self-imposing super short deadlines, because when I HAVE TO I can get amazing work done in short periods of time. But usually I’m like…”oh, I’ll just give myself an extra day or two in case I need to edit,” time which is inevitably not but to good use.

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Lorene

Marie, thanks for the grrrreat tips!

#6 really put me in check – I have a baddd habit of being a perfectionist so I appreciate the tip to just keep writing then go back and edit.

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Margaret Young

“Be the vessel….”……awesome! x

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Judy Martin

Hi Marie,
I’ve been a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years.. and you nailed it in this video in just over 6 minutes. I just RTed the heck out of this. Great post. @JudyMartin8

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Trixie

Don’t write and edit at the same time is a great reminder for me; it’s been over twenty-five years since my junior high English teacher told us, “DON’T GET IT RIGHT, GET IT WRITTEN.”

I still struggle to practice that.

So true that work expands to fill the time allotted for it, and again something I struggle with. Sometimes I just have to accept that I actually *want* to spend a long time writing something, being thoroughly immersed in reflection. I have to remember then that I’m doing that for myself, not for my audience. I set time limits, then I ignore them and reset the timer for another 20 minutes or hour. Maybe what I need to do is make sure at the end of the time allotted I actually have a plan to do something else I want to do more than spending a billion hours on one blog entry, etc.

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ishaque

Inter-skies Informations and tooooo much 8 attentives which are essentials to upgrade/But I am going to be alive in grave yard because of your dress and blacky hairs, and too much wonder in serious directions which are now out of season internationaly please.

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Chantilly Patiño (@chantillypatino)

Really great video Marie! I especially love number 6! Editing while writing is the number one thing that keeps me sitting at the computer for hours on end. When I’m able to write in SOC mode, it goes soooo much faster! :)

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Laura

Love the “genius” part of your discussion, Marie. I always refer the Liz Gilbert TED talk to my writing coaching clients, and the advice to WRITE without editing first is fantastic. Thanks for always delivering such sage advice. XO

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ishaque

BUTTER FLIES and heaven creatures are on this world if they attend Marries B-School classes. As both above mentioned are dreamly constant but variable in original please.

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Sunny

THANK YOU!!! Always great tips and reminders. I needed a swift kick in the ass about not writing and editing at the same time – I wasted a ton of time doing that recently.

Hopefully my little inner genius will start kicking in to high gear and I can start listening to her better.

Big thanks and love!

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Kemila

Thank God this is never my issue. I love writing, and writing has always been fun for me – to express myself without having to look at others face. I met some other entrepreneurs and was shocked when they told me, “Now I have a blog, and I have to write. It’s not the easy part.” Don’t write if you don’t like it. You do reader good if you force yourself to write, just because “you have a blog”. There are so many other ways to express yourself.

Maybe, when you feel you don’t NEED to write, then you can write with a flow.

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Holly Berkley

Marie, love your vids and this was, as usual, short, sweet and packed with relevant content.

Tip #1 is the real killer: if you’re running bad internal scripts, you’re fighting an uphill battle for Tips 2-8! I help my clients clear those scripts once and for all so life gets easier ALL the way around. :)

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Anna

more inspiration on #1 flip the script the original http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Ashley Gwilliam

Ooooh this is a good one! As a copywriter, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this because obviously, the faster I write, the more I get paid. After studying a lot of the greats, I’ve realized they all say the same thing: Write fast so that your internal critique doesn’t have time to get a word in!

Your tip that made the biggest impression on me was number 1: Reframe your belief on how long it’s going to take you. This is HUGE, and in my experience, it makes the process go a lot smoother! I also recently started saying a short prayer before I go to work.

And, of course, the more frequently you write, the more comfortable you’ll get expressing your unique voice, and the faster you’ll become.

Thanks again Marie! xx

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Jill R. Stevens | Education Lady

Marie, awesome content in eight easy steps. Love your vibe and ability to simplify and help.

These are tips to be shared with children as well… instead of stressing over the essay paper –
Begin with the End in Mind,
Give Your Self Mr P’s Law Time Limit and
Make it Short & Sweet
so you can Come Back To Edit When Done.

Love it…

And love number 8 as that is so so true and you are a shining example of this. Thanks again for more awesomeness. Looking forward to B-School, life-changing!

– Jill, Your Education Lady

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Brittney G.

Your timing couldn’t be better to share these tips! I am on my second e-letter and it’s taking FOREVERRRR… whew, with these eight amazing tips I will transform to an efficient, affective and amazing e-letter genius. THANK YOU!

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Benardett

I’m learning not to write and edit at the same time. It is a time waster and creativity killer. Thank you for the reminder.

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Valerye

This was great! I already started keeping a list of topics. I have topic ideas in my phone, on my computer, and in a notebook! I need to to the editorial calendar also. Great video!

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Sabrina at MyMiBoSo

Using an editorial calendar is a GREAT reminder – I was pretty good in the beginning about plotting out the next few posts but have found that I let myself get behind and haven’t refocused on fully utilizing that tool!

For anyone using WordPress I recommend this plugin – pretty intuitive and easy to use!

http://stresslimitdesign.com/editorial-calendar-plugin

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Laura Fuentes

#6-don’t write and edit at the same time resonated with me the most! Thank you!!

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Julie Barnes

Thank you for these kick ass tips Marie!

As a reformed perfectionist…# 6 is an area I have been working on.

And…I had never heard of Mr P’s law, but will start following. When I have unlimited time to write an article…I will take said unlimited time to complete article. Scheduling writing time and sticking to it will actually be more productive!

So looking forward to B-School. Have a rock’n week!

And as always…a big thank you to everyone who took the time to post their tips as well. I always learn something really cool and valuable.

Cheers!
Julie :-)

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Chel

Number 6 + 7 (with a little woo woo 8 mixed in!)

When I am “stuck” I grab a tea, set a timer for 20 mintes (sometimes just 10, never more than 20) and write as fast as I freakin’ can – no stopping – no editing – no rules.

Thanks Marie! Time for me to get to work on 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5!

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Jeremy

I think I liked #5 Plan it out the most. I already do some of the other tips, which were all spot on, but I’ve never tried planning in advance. Hopefully I’ll be able to write more efficiently than my usual juggling several at once and going with the first one finished.

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Kris

Love this video! So many people find it hard to find their voice. Part of my business is transcribing audio and video content for people. It’s amazing how much more natural you sound when you record yourself, if that’s where your talents lie. And you’ve already created that great content. Even if you’re not used to your voice being recorded, it’s waaay quicker to get someone else to do the writing and you can just edit. Also a really good way of separating out that writing and editing phase. Definitely agree – don’t write and edit at the same time!

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Kathy Prince

I see a schedule and a time frame is my weakness.
Thanks

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Patti

Definitely the don’t edit while I write. Lots of ideas start pouring forth and then I’m focusing on which one will work and editing at the same time. What a waste! Gotta go blog!

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Kim

This video came at the perfect time! I try to schedule writing blogs the same day every week but sometimes I dread writing them because I know how long it will take me. It is so true that I have to be aware of what my sub conscious is saying. I will be more aware of this and try scheduling my topics for the next 2 months! Thanks for the great content as always! Can’t wait for B-School! xo

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Debbie G.

Marie, I love Q & A Tuesdays! These were such good tips. Thank-you. They all resonated with me and I think I need to use them all to get going with my own writing plans… Maybe now I will actually start my blog! Thanks.

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Doc Seth

Great stuff, Marie-

Love the “don’t edit as you write” part. Ouch :) Guilty as charged!

Keep up the “woo-woo”!

Ciao for now,

Aloha!
Seth

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Anne

Since I am relatively new to my profession, I always talk myself out of writing because I often feel like I don’t have enough expertise to say anything useful to others. . . so I often post links to others’ work. I need to figure out what I want to say and just get it done!

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Angela

I love writing my blog! I keep it short and sweet, and do a few of the other tips in your video. Strangely, #2 stumps me. I can’t figure out exactly what I want people to get out of it. It’s historical fiction about three single women, and each entry is illustrated with cool items/good photography from Etsy. Where I do also have a shop.

Is it enough that I enjoy it? Artists seem to enjoy seeing their handcrafted items interpreted in my blog. One artist said they’d had a sale that they thought came from appearing on my blog. But I feel unclear about the end, and rather enjoying the process instead.

I’d be happy for feedback!

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Kirstie - Nia Fitness Artist

THANK YOU!!!
Such a great question with a simple and very do-able answer.
I love writing, and I am good at it, but boy do I feel overwhelmed by it most of the time. I have been avoiding my blog for just that reason (overwhelm) and now I shall ‘allot a specific amount of time’ (7) with ONE topic (4) and edit AFTER (6) I have reached my end product (2). Then I will make a topic list for my editorial calendar! Yay!
LOVE all that you share!

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Shelly

Hi,
I have been there and just got myself an excel sheet to schedule articles posting on my blog, social media posting, everything around my schedule, so that i don’t spend all my time figuring out and trying to multi task. As i work well in the morning, so most of my writing (which is not my forte) is done during that time, afternoon for R&D and before i shutdown for day, i plan my next day.

Great video MARIE!!

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Shelly

Hi,
I have been there and just got myself an excel sheet to schedule articles posting on my blog, social media posting, everything around my schedule, so that i don’t spend all my time figuring out and trying to multi task. As i work well in the morning, so most of my writing (which is not my forte) is done during that time, afternoon for R&D and before i shutdown for day, i plan my next day.

Great video MARIE!!

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Rae

I just put together an editorial calendar a couple weeks ago and for the first time have met my last three deadlines for blog posts! (yay for me!) I drug my feet on this for so long because I’m a bit of a commitment phobe and thought it would stifle my creativity, but found it to be very freeing instead!

Next I’ll work on tip #2…. start with the end in mind. Great stuff! Thanks Marie! xo

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Kristen Williams

Ohhh I love this topic! My favorite tip of yours is the ‘keep it short’ rule. If you can say it in less characters, do it.

My personal tips are:
1. Keep the end result in mind. – Visualizing the finished product gives you an extra boost of motivation.
2. Baby steps. – If you have a lot of writing to do, don’t get overwhelmed. Just start somewhere and keep going!

Thanks,
Kristen Williams

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Kate Sawyer

Point 6 is great! I always edit as I go- what a waste of time! Thanks next time I’ll have so much more to chose from when I get down to editing. Thanks!

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Teresa Bolen

Fantastic article Marie with great suggestions. I especially like the advice on ‘be the vessel’ – I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, and it also helped snap me out of one of my favorite worries, ‘But everybody already knows this.’

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Steve S

8 great tips to get the writing flowing, thanks Marie… and tip 9:

When you’re in the flow of writing, why stop at just one article, blog post, or whatever. Keep going and write the next two or three. Quite soon, your problem will not be “what to write” but choosing “which to publish” next.

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Trish Tully

All great ideas Marie. Love the tip about deciding on the time frame ahead – it really does work. Going to try planning my content ahead as you suggest – so I’m not over thinking/re-thinking all the time.

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kiki

just keep rockin my world :) I loved number 8 and the editorial calendar the most

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Maribell

Thank you for these tips. I will put them in practice immediately!

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Cheryl

The best take-away tip was planning out what you are going to write for 3-6 months in an editorial calendar. Love it! And what has been super helpful for me in the past when I can’t think of what to write is getting out my list of brainstormed topics and I just pick and choose from the list.

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Taren Hocking

Brilliant thanks Marie the editoral calander and begining with the end in mind where some super AhhHA’s for moi

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Jenn

I’ve used those tips and they’ve really helped me. The most important for me is to answer the FAQ’s and give basic information. I thought I needed to do tons of research for my blog – then it was pointed out to me that I’m not a professional blogger. I’m a Nutritional Therapist who has a blog. Big difference!

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Julie SImmonds

Create content during your power creative time. I am most creative at night. This is when ideas flow through me like water. So, i have scheduled 8 to 11 in the evenings to work on creative work.

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Penny Turko

Hey Marie! Thanx so much for these fantastic tips! I love #4 – Make it Short and Sweet. I think we have to try to remember that most people have busy lives just like you and I and often don’t have 15 minutes to spend on a long, drawn out post with every single detail desribed in full. I love how you create your content, direct and to the point, with links to other relative information that visitors can choose to take a look at as well or not! You ROCK Girl!!

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Christine Sang

I love these vids. The dress? LOVE. But don’t miss the extra jammies – see the wonderful T. Robbins link under Marie’s video, about the expansion of time and what Marie figured out. Humans are the only beings who really care about time and how to ‘use’ it! Doing the B-School scholarship video in the time I had, felt sexy and powerful to jump in, not overthink and then post it in a sense, raw. Interesting experience that can give us each powerful information in the doing as well as the later reflection.

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Holly Berkley | FindYrWay

Thanks to whomever posted the OmmWriter suggestion….it’s lovely!

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Jayme

Hi Holly! Glad you loved OmmWriter. :) It really is wonderful. Happy writing!

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Joanna DeVoe

OmmWriter is the shiz! So plinky-plunky cool. Gets me in the zone :O)

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Christine Sang

thanks for the OmmWriter suggestion.

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Jill Rowe

Amazing tips Marie! you always deliver the best information in the clearest possible way – always great take aways!

x

jill

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Julie

I loved how you started off with “flip my script”!!! and then ended with being the vessel!! Once again, you provide useful, practical and encouraging information with the fun twist of watching YOU! Thanks so much!!!

I will be attending B-School when the universe decides it’s my time to attend. :) And my bank account increases slightly. ha!

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Anna

I love that Flip the Script I saw this guys explanation online http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Zarina

Always love your tips! thank you very much for inspiration in what i do!

I do have a concern though talking about inspiration. I have a language school in Kazakhstan and I always get to write a lot of content for our website, our newsletters. I used to get really excited about writing when I first started, i’d spend nights writing.. But now the school’s got bigger, lots of things to do during the days, so at night i am soooooo tired that have no desire (not talking about inspiration) to see my laptop…
During the workday I get a lot of other things to do which distract me from writing and getting inspired.
BUT sometimes I just start writing and beautiful and inspiring sentences just flow out of me!!!! I love what I write then! And sometime I plan my writing and nothing comes out… my paper stays blank…
And I have a deadline to announce something coming up at school, really want to announce it in a really nice way, but what really happens is I just write: Hey guys, this week’s event is ENGLISH TEA TIME, see you on Sat at 5 pm…???+address…..(((((((

We are also launching a new website, now I am preparing the content, it’s been months since I started…. Sometimes I just don’t know what to start with and what to write on a certain page… So i just leave it for a better moment… And so the website is still with the old content((((

My question is: Do I always have to wait for inspiration to come?
How do I write well? Or is it fine to just announce about something just the way it is…??

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Helena

Hi Marie,
Loved your video as always! I think the first thing I’m going to make is the editorial calendar and also “flip my script”.
Thanks!

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Anna

Hi Helena, I’m also going to Flip my script i found this on youtube http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

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Allison

One of the biggest things that helps me to write quickly (or quicker anyway), is to write as if I’m having a conversation. When I speak to someone, I’m much more relaxed, more of my personality shows through. When I initially started trying to write for my business- it was all about being perfect and keeping up a professional appearance. It took forever, and no one really got to know me at all. Now, my writing is still professional quality, but it takes much less time, and people have the benefit of getting to the know the authentic me!

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Belinda

Thank you for the great video on “How to write fast” – especially #1 – that is where I am very weak!

I would love to have this post in written form – to post by my computer – as a constant reminder – is that available somewhere – maybe a transcript?

Anyway, I am new here – I look forward to hearing and learning more!

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Nancy Fredericks

Great ‘quick hit’ hints that ultimately leverage hugely when writing. No big surprise that my self talk about writing is “It takes a long time and you have to struggle.” Thanks for flipping that switch! That one tip alone will change my writing experience. The other tip that resonates with me is start writing–not editing. I’ve heard this suggestion before, applying is another story. Flipping that switch too!

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Dea

Sometimes I get a rush of ideas and series that I can’t do or don’t need to do right then. I use wordpress for my blog so I start the posts and save them as drafst. If I get stuck for a topic idea I can look at the drafts, pick one and complete it.
Also, when there is time and the iron is hot, I can write many of them completely and save them to schedule for later posting.

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Melanie

Great tips, Marie,
I really liked #2 – Begin with the end in mind, and #5 – Plan it out.

Thanks for the fun, informative video:)

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Joyce Lyndley

I love all of the tips on your video but the one that really hit me was, “Don’t edit as you write – if you think of another way to say it just write it”. That has really freed me ’cause I kept going back and erasing, but now I just keep going.

Thank you

Joyce

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Tahlee

Fabulous Forleo! (as always)

2 tips have worked for me.

1. Get out in nature. I find my inspiration often comes when I’m walking by the river and when I get back to my computer, the words just flow on out.

2. Wise words from Don Draper (yes, from Mad Men) “Think deeply about it and then forget about it”. If I’m feeling stuck, I walk away. There is no point trying to force the words, they will come when you’re not thinking about it. Like when you’re walking by a river. (see tip #1) :D

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Hilary Martin

I write in my own voice. Financial services has always had a glossy, inaccessible tone, and frankly it doesn’t communicate to very many people. When I first started I tried to keep up and mimic the dialogue of the culture. Then, I wrote something off the cuff and my client said to me, “You really bring money and investing down to earth for me! Thanks for speaking to me in MY language.” And that’s how I learned what my natural value add is.

I also write when I’m inspired. I use Evernote (I can’t recommend Evernote more!!) to collect articles and websites that I think will be good blog topics and I review them often. Often while I’m writing one blog post, I’ll get an inspired thought for the next one. At that point, it’s pretty likely that I’ll just stop writing the current one and start writing the one I’m inspired to write NOW. I can always come back to the current one!

I have a great copyeditor, so I’m never afraid to just write from my heart. Anything bad won’t make it to press!

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melanie

Thanks for the 8 writing tips Marie. Writing is one of the things I least look forward to in my week. Flipping the switch & an editorial calender are two valuable take-aways. I’m off now to “flip the switch” and stop saying writing stumps me.

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Sarah Selecky

Great tips, Marie – especially “Be the vessel, not the source.” I’d like to add a part B to that one: routine. Like everything, resistance to writing becomes less difficult when you practice.

Putting a lot of pressure on your content writing days can put a lot pressure on you + your genius. But if you have a regular low-pressure writing practice (even 10 minutes a day or every other day), your relationship to your writing can be smooth and easy — not crammed and/or loaded with expectations.

xo!
Sarah

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Teia Collier

Loved this one! Motivated and excited!

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Siobhan McCulloch-Orr

These are great tips-delivered with panache that made it easy to listen and absorb-THANKS. One thing I find useful? When I sit down to work on a task I log in the time. When I stop, I log the time. This helps me be aware of how much time it does take to do a task-say, write a post-so I can make accurate judgements on what I can do, and when. If the time frame allotted works well-I feel better, and I’m not getting myself in huge jams time wise.

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khalid almakkawi

Thank you for your great tips! I really enjoyed browsing your website.

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Dani Gurrie

Marie – Great reminders and tips to stay on task!

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April Kihlstrom

A couple of things I’ve found helpful and often share with my coaching clients:

1) Focus on what excites YOU about the topic–something you really want to share.

2) Reward yourself when you complete a writing task.

3) Set a timer. 15 minutes can be good. Not overwhelming and short enough your subconscious KNOWS you have to write fast.

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Jeannie Spiro

Marie,
Thanks for capturing these tips this week. This drove me crazy for months until I realized that 1. My ezine was driving my sales process and 2. That I just needed to develop my rhythm.

Because my ideal client is still working at their job at the same time I’ve come to realize that I needed to always write and create articles/ezines that were in line with their lack of time issues.
Now I write knowing exactly what my clients want to hear and keep them brief so they have time to read them.

Thanks as always!
Jeannie

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Jessica Cary

I see actionable steps for every tip! Recently I started keeping a topic list – actually a huge Moleskine full of every idea floating around in my head. It’s wonderful to get them out of my head and on to the page – it frees up space for more ideas to grow.

What I’m inspired to do: Plan out 3-6 months of content. Make it short and sweet. Begin with the end in mind. (Man, this is challenging for me! I feel so confident with intros, less so with wrapping things up. Think I’ll try “Flipping the script” and see if that helps!)

Thanks Marie for your boundless energy, clarity and playfulness!

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Luz

I love all the ideas and specialiy the one of keeping a list of article ideas.’)

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Rebecca

Totally agree that writing it all out first and editing second is the way to go. I also find it really helpful to come back to what I’ve written several times over the course of a few days as space away from what I’m writing helps me clarify my message and look at things with a fresh set of eyes. Thanks for all the helpful tips!
xoxo

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Kj

Valuable content on this vid thanks Marie.

1. My newsletters flow when I bang it out in under 10

2. Start by hand… I draw boxes for each segment in the newsletter.

3. Give it to my design/copy team to make it pretty and fix my ugly bits!

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Anna Aaberg

Thanks Marie! Sharing it on https://www.facebook.com/onlinekurser.
/Anna

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Maria

I’m actually struggling with biz at the moment and one of the things is that I have a strong dislike for marketing and as a one woman team that leaves me at a disadvantage. I have to fave this post because the advice and comments are AMAZING!

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Peter Vince

Thanks for sharing these eight tips to writing faster content.

As a way of starting any writing session I ensure that I am focused on the job in hand and focus my subconsious mind accordingly.

To do this I use EFT (Tapping). A great way of clearing out the negative beliefs revolving around creating great content.

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Roseanne Schmidt

Hi, Vince. I just visited the website you linked >> http://www.efttrainingcentre.com/ << a bit below… And I would like to say that it was greatly frustrating to not find what EFT stood for until the very last tab on the navigation bar. I was shocked that It wasn't on the about page.
Just a suggestion, but you could have the home page just up and blurt it out… With a "What's EFT, you say?" kind of headline. Just a suggestion!
And thanks for yours! :)

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Maya Kuper

When I go to that site, the first thing I see is a pop-up window with a YouTube preview that says “Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT),” so I didn’t have this issue.

However, I prefer your idea!

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Roseanne Schmidt

Oh! That must explain it. I don’t have pop-ups enabled… Oh, well.

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Peter Vince

Thanks for sharing these eight tips to writing faster content.

As a way of starting any writing session I ensure that I am focused on the job in hand and focus my subconsious mind accordingly.

To do this I use EFT (Tapping). A great way of clearing out the negative beliefs revolving around creating great content. EFT Training Centre

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Melody

For me the tip that resonated the most was not to edit as I write. The reminder that I don’t have to get it “perfect” or “right” the first time was a good one. I put those words in quotation marks because they are not real anyway. Now i will just write whatever comes into my head and write a lot faster because of it. Awesome! Thanks!

P.S. I am working on an ebook with a working title of A Beginner’s Guide to Cleansing. :)

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Roseanne Schmidt

You’re “right” there is no “right”. I am slightly confused and enlightened at the same time. I don’t know how to explain this, but I totally see what you mean.

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Kate

I found this really helpful in creating content more quickly. I am going to start my topic list right now! Thank you for posting this.

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Samantha Nolan-Smith

Thanks for this great video. My approach is a combination of a few of the tips. I post all my ideas as drafts in wordpress, then when it’s time to write, I simply sit at the computer and ask ‘OK universe, what most need to be written about today?’
That takes the guesswork out of the entire process as I then just sit quietly for a few minutes and wait to either be drawn to one of my draft ideas or for something entirely new to pop up.
My experience is that working this way is incredibly efficient because I’m not forcing anything to happen, I’m just working with and in flow.

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Adam

I am a fast learner but a very slow writer, I know being a fast learner can do wonders but a slow writer in this profession simply can’t work. If I start writing fast, I lose interest very soon because I start concentrating on writing instead of thinking about the content. I hope your tips help me write good content faster.

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Roseanne Schmidt

I have to give you some tough love, Adam. “Flip your script” NOW! Why on Earth are you naming yourself a “slow writer” RIGHT after responding to Marie’s video about simply not doing that!? Please stop, for your own sanity and good. You CAN write quicker. It’s possible for everyone.
What you need to do is this:
1.) Passion leaks. Find what you are passionate about immensely and the writing will flow just as much. It will be quick, good and will continue to improve the more you do it.
2.) Stop telling yourself lies that you are not fast enough, not good enough and not a writer. Everyone is a writer. This is writing. Communicating in written form.
3.) Take the tips that Marie gives not only to heart but put into action! Now! Don’t just think about it BE ABOUT IT!
Now, Go-go-go!!

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Glynnis

Ooooooo yes! Focus and no editing while writing.

Thanks Marie this was amazing! I was channelling you yesterday as I am co-writing an awesome book on Ayurvedic self-love practices through the seasons and working your tips!!! ALSO amazing serendipity my adorable and lovely hubby has a blog called ‘Just One Bite’ Juicy Apple tips…with genius tips for all Apple devices and his latest is on an INCREDIBLE writing app called iA Writer which speeds up and focuses writing through simplicity. It has helped me so much and I wanted to share. Definitely check this out y’all: http://justonebite.ca/2012/macs/05/18/daves-weekly-app-pick-iawriter/

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sara

I love the idea of keeping a list of topics to write about. I get the most ideas when i’m running so I can start making a list on my iphone’s notepad. I also agree that it’s best to keep it short. I have signed up for tons of newsletters. The one’s that get read the most are the one’s that are short.

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Vera

Love this Marie! Thank you for sharing. :)

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Yvonne

I too believe about the whole concept of what we tell ourselves becomes our reality. So many times with my clients- their script becomes their reality! Flipping your script is super powerful & can literally change your life ;)
LOVE it!!!!

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Bethanne Wanamaker

What works for me is going to do something I totally love unrelated to work – like laying in my epic garden soaking in the rays nibbling on organic edibles, barefoot of course so that I am grounded & connected (standing in heels doesn’t work as well ;) – and THEN I’m in a peaceful serene space to just think about all kinds of stuff. It’s like a faucet gets turned on because I’m away from the pressure of sitting in front of my laptop. Whichever idea I can’t stop thinking about or feel like I have the mental script running in my mind, I start typing away in my iPhone in the notes section or in Evernote. Before I know, I’ve written/typed faster than I can keep up and I just email it to myself, edit and post online as a blog article. It is by far the quickest way for me to create content. I also have a running list of potential topics but I have had a tendency to write with what feels most in the flow & is pressing at the moment.

Note: always bring my cell phone w/ me to the garden when I am setting myself up for this download experience.

What’s everyone else’s slice of paradise that unleashes the faucet of content?

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Sonny

Great article Thank You!!!, I’m a guy who teaches weapons training to Law Enforcement & Military lives here in NYC & just found out about your blog…I’m half through watching your YouTube videos….

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Roseanne Schmidt

She’s brilliant, ain’t she?

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Mellissa

I am digging the vessel idea! It helps me remember that I don’t always have to push to come up with innovative, progressive ideas….I just need to be open to what comes from me and my personality naturally! Plus I am what I think I am….we all know it intellectually but when we begin practicing it intuitively, the whole world changes for us. Thanks for the reminder.

These 8 tips are going on a big piece of butcher paper above my desk! Glad I finally watched one of your videos….a new fan!
Mellissa

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Sally Glenn

Brilliant as always Marie, love it! Excellent ideas, every one. Quality is indeed king, always choose it over quantity. Weaving a 3 – 4 line personal story into the content works really well to engage the reader, and illustrates the point of the article. This is what l do for a living – writing content for coaches, so if any of you need some further tips just drop me a line!
Sally

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Sabrina

Here’s one thing that I do. I tell myself that I’m not the first person in the world to say anything, but I’m the only person to say it in the way that I do. So, first take the pressure off. :)

Second idea – go back through your old blog posts. Sometimes there’s really five or six ideas waiting (begging? pleading?) to be expounded upon from ONE past post! For example, I recently wrote a post for newbie entrepreneurs here:

http://lookbeforeyouleap-selfemployment.blogspot.ca/2012/05/i-must-be-crazy-what-am-i-thinking.html

I list “steps” and each one could become isn’t whole own post or even a series. Which is kinda the plan. :)

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Roseanne Schmidt

GREAT idea! Didn’t think of lists in that way. Great! :) That’s a whole nutty-gooey-chewy-awesome tip to writing fast AND beating writer’s block right there! Great contribution. Thanks! oxox

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kimberely

Love love love getting clear on the Why I’m writing: I can see how knowing where I want to be at the end can make all the difference of how to get there. Can’t wait to try this at my next writing session! Thanks, Marie!

kimberley@unshakablesoul

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Diane

This is great, many of the points could apply also to the way you produce your product or work in general. I like the concept of keeping a running list of topics because I’ll often have a-ha moments and great ideas at inopportune times, forget them, and go blank when I need to conjure up something interesting to write, sketch, make….

I would so love to sign up for your B-School. It’s just a little out of reach right now, and I really want to have the full product line first, so I’m hoping there will be another opportunity in the future and you’ll offer it again.

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Roseanne Schmidt

I do believe that Marie offers BSchool every year this time. I also believe that once you sign up for it you’re invited back each year to participate and “coach”/help the new BSchoolers. I may be wrong. But so far that’s what I’ve gathered. :) Hope that helps!

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Edson Williams

Hi Marie and followers,

Great tips and a great community.
I understand that Flip the Script was mentioned and that inspired you in to using this powerful tool.

Here is a short video I made last year http://youtu.be/hSjNsYUo6-E

The beliefs you have and the way you think and act determine the level of success you have in your life; therefore to be more successful you must change your beliefs and the way you think and act. The great thinker Einstein said “We can’t solve problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” and the same goes for your beliefs and your actions. How do you change your way of thinking so you can be more successful? This is where you need to Flip the Script®.

Flip the Script® creates a positive change by letting go of the current script, looking at new beliefs, ways of thinking and acting and creating a new script. What is a script? A script is a fixed belief, a fixed way of thinking or a fixed way of doing things. We are all scripted, we are all told what is so and what is suppose to be so. The “what is so” and “what is not so” is repeated to us so many times that it became conditioning and we are conditioned so well that we now believe these scripts as the truth.

Flip the Script® is a different way of thinking that gives you access to exploring your true potential by freeing you from the way you were scripted. Allowing you to use more of the power, the intelligence, the creativity that is at your disposal.

You start by identifying the current script: what beliefs, ways of thinking and doing hold me back from maximising my potential. Then you question that script: is this the best way?, is this the only way?, is this good for me?, is this true?..asking questions like “why not?”,”why not me?”,”what if..? Questioning the scripts is the access key to free yourself from the way you are scripted and unlocks not only a realm possibilities but unlocks your potential. Now that you are questioning the script and can think differently the creative process starts of coming up with new ideas and concepts. Testing these new ideas and concepts to find the one that creates the desired success and takes you to your next level is your final step to flipping the script.

Love to all and Flip your Script to your personal success.

Edson Williams

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tribalstylemarketing

Nice, I used to struggle to write content too. Since i do mine in Wordpress, I just create a draft & save it as I write it & Edit it. I’m still in the bad habit of editing while writing but sometimes I just burn through it to get it down for later editing. Love your vids Marie!

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Tara Bliss

Marie, this video is epic. Thanks woman!

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Rosler

Marie, YOU ARE SO AWESOME(and a lot of the comments on this video were equally inspiring )! I stumbled onto your website today and have been combing through it all day. Just wanted to thank you and to say keep up the good work.

PS Tip #3 really hit home for me. I tend to be forgetful at times. Nothing is worse then the feeling of forgetting a home run topic.

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Mary

Has anyone ever used PLR, at least as a starting point? I know a lot of it is god-awful, but I’ve seen some that’s actually pretty good.

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eilish bouchier

Marie

Excellent post. Something I have been struggling with to the point of not posting – post paralysis – excusing all double entendres

Excited to start B-school tomorrow

Eilish

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Sukie Baxter

Love the idea of being a “vessel,” not the source. The Native American tradition calls it being a “hollow bone.” You allow spirit and source to flow through you and shape your work in the world. Beautiful reminder.

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Emily

Thanks for the great tips!
I already keep a topic list, but need to create an editorial calendar… I’ve been meaning to do it… but I am now going to do it TODAY.

I like to know a week or two out what my topic is going to be, because the ideas percolate in my mind in advance of the deadline. Then the night before I make an outline, to define what I want to say, and what images I will need to create (my blog posts are image-heavy, and I do my own photography / sketching / etc). The outline takes 10 minutes, tops, and then when I wake up to start work, I have a map of exactly what I need to do, which makes it less daunting, and easier to focus.

I then write the text quickly (without editing), with notes about each image that will be required. Then I produce / gather all the images, stick it all together, edit and publish!

I am slowly learning to cut my posts / tutorials into shorter/sweeter pieces, something I need to improve!

Thanks for the fabulous content!
Emily Wessel

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Sara

LOVE this! Another tool I use is ‘batching': writing a few posts at a time. That way I don’t have to re-start every time. And usually once the wheels are turning, I get in a groove and can churn out a couple at a time.

A major time saver for me too is seizing the idea. If I have an idea or hear a line in my head, I write it down right away. I get to a computer ASAP or jot it in my phone or whatever is nearby. If I can get to a computer, usually more thoughts spill out immediately and can serve as my first draft.

My fav tip from today: be the vessel. So much less pressure. And a reminder that most of our ideas are not new, they’re just being packaged specifically for our exact audiences. I am totally a vessel.

MF – you ROCK!

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Shamika Thomas Ellis

Once again, great video and great tips. I love writing on my blog but feel like I never have enough time but the tips that resonated to me the most was setting up an editorial calendar and keeping it short and sweet. Thanks again! :)

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ASUKA

Thank you Marie!
I started my blog and I was getting a bit of a writer’s block. Will follow your tips!

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Kim thirion

Great tips!

I definitely need to stop editing as I go. I also love your suggestion of making a “master calendar” of posts. I’m always saying “now what should I write about?” I have a feeling this will work wonders for me. I think I’ll start working on it today.

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Mary

Great tips. I only wish there was a transcript of the video. I learn better reading than watching. :-) It’s an attention thing.

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Steve

I am a creative writer, and find that plotting the story or script beforehand makes the actual writing much easier/faster. The fastest way to do this, for me, is to tell a friend the story, and take notes while I tell it. If they begin asking a lot of questions in this process, it may mean that my story is incoherent or is not engaging them. I try to keep it peppy. I also find this helps to solidify the story in my head, and, while the first line of the outline may be as simple as “Introduce Mary, the main character”, by the end of the process I am actually writing whole scenes out with dialogue included. My first draft is usually written by fleshing out each scene from the outline. This has allowed me to write 130 page, first draft screenplays in as little as 3 days. This will also allow me to see where scenes may be missing (items I refer to as “bridges” which connect the story together), to be added upon completion of the first draft.

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Lilly

This is great advice, Marie. I like the way you add simple tidbits to keep your talk interesting, i.e. the angel/devil cartoon. Thanks!
Here’s my tip 1: Writing can be feast or famine; I use bullet point format during the feasting season to snatch the endless, random ideas that swirl around in my head.
Tip 2: I use One Note to add media snippets to my written content. It’s a great moveable clipboard.

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Sharon

Hi Marie,

I had a tough experience recently, delivered a product to a customer. Next day she complained about the product, trying to get it to do a task in a manner that it was not designed for. The device does many many things very well including the one she complained about, but she wanted a better finish. She had not asked about this function beforehand. She now said this was the main reason for purchasing. I visited her to check if the product was working, it was, and basically she needed to use more raw product to get the result. She then told me she wanted the product to work with a smaller amount of raw product, and that someone on the internet had said the product would do it, and that I could not leave her house until it (the problem) was sorted. I felt like she was intimidating me and felt threatened. How is the best way to proceed in this type of situation, I never had this happen before.

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Kellie

Marie,

These were excellent tips! And you are charming.

I would also have liked getting a summary of the 8 tips at the end of the video.

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ShaKara A.

Thank GOODNESS for these tips! It has removed so much of the overwhelm in creating content both for my blog and videos! That was holding me back so much because I couldn’t figure out where to begin! This will make it sooooo much easier.

I’m sure all of these will come in handy and soon as I dig in and release my online platform :) Keep it up Marie and team!!!

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martha

love the video, love you…
hate that there’s no transcript!!! really, marie? how am i supposed to be writing this killer content when i have to write down all your nuggets, stopping the video, backing up, stopping the video, backing up.

please me they’re written down somewhere???

ps, did i say i’m a bschool babe?

see… i’ve already forgotten them. something about some genius jesus water & faucet…. work expands to fit the time allotment…

arghhh

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Jack

Hi there.

Thanks for your useful tips.

I recommend 2 services that will help to type faster:
http://www.typingweb.com/
http://www.ratatype.com/

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I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Exceptionally well written!

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