How to Write an Article in 20 Minutes

The general consensus from non-journalists, bloggers, and content creators is, “I don’t really want to spend more than 20 minutes a day on writing articles”. And yes, I spent no more than 20 minutes to write this article! 

I realize this is writing blasphemy 

Internet marketing is powered by content, and content is king 

But when I have a daily schedule to post on and a business to run, I don’t have time to spend hours polishing every single blog post or writing 2,000-word articles 

Writing quickly doesn’t mean compromising on writing well, though 

I’ve got seven tips to get you in and out of that composition box in twenty minutes – without sacrificing quality 

1. Keep an idea list 

When the inspiration for a post strikes, scribble it down in a notebook or a Word file 

For many bloggers and content creators, finding the topic to write about takes up half the time 

Keeping an idea-list lets you leap into a new post quickly when you’re ready to write 

2.  Let your ideas incubate 

If you try to force yourself to come up with supporting information for your brilliant idea right away, it’s going to take ages 

Let that topic sit for a few days, though, and you can add new ideas as they occurs to you – and when you’re ready to write, you’ll already have all the supporting info you need 

3.  Edit before you start 

You’ve probably got twice as many ideas as you need at this point, so it’s time to be brutal 

Cut out any supporting idea that doesn’t fit with the main topic of the article 

 Remember, we’re talking about how to write an article in 20 minutes, not an epic 

 You can always use the ideas you don’t need for later posts 

4. Use bullet points 

Bullet points, or numbered points like “10 Ways to Get More Subscribers”, can make writing an article a lot simpler in terms of organization because you no longer have to figure out transitions from one idea to the next 

 The great side benefit is that readers like lists; they’re easier for the eye to follow 

5.  Keep it short 

If you want to finish that article in 20 minutes, try to keep it under 500 words 

Don’t feel like you’re skimping on quality content, either: this article is only about 500 words but it’s chockfull of information 

Make every word count and you’ll save time without letting quality slip 

6.  Come back later 

If you find that you’re stuck, don’t try to force the words to come 

Save the article and work on something else for awhile 

If inspiration strikes, open up that document again 

You can even switch from one blog post to another, spending a few minutes on each as ideas comes to you 

It’s a huge time-saver 

7.  Never save a good idea 

It’s tempting, when you look through your list of ideas, to save the best ones for later because you think they’ll be easier to write 

You don’t want to save time later, you want to save time now. 

Do the articles you know will come easily and make the most of that time 


Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to brilliant articles in a fraction of the time 

Share some of your favorite article writing tips in the comments! 

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