By Grady Smith
If you want to get that ebook or sales letter done -- and you're
not afraid of using "Marathon Writing Techniques" to get the job
done fast -- then let me share some tips to help make writing
easier and faster.
Here's what I do when I write sales letters and ebooks...
1) INCREASE YOUR CAFFEINE INTAKE -- Okay, so I'm a caffeine
junky. I'm talking loads of it. Of course if you don't drink caffeine
currently, I wouldn't recommend getting started.
But if you do enjoy a good cup of Jo or a soda here and there,
then try using it before writing. Studies have shown that it actually
increases your IQ points. And I find coffee is a great way to
"oil" my mind and fingers for writing quickly while increasing
2) RESEARCH YOUR WRITING PROJECT -- Read everything you can
on the subject right before you start. If you're creating an ebook,
look at other books on a similar subject. Same with sales letters.
Read all you can. And the best way to absorb it and use what you
find is to read about it moments before you actually start to
3) NOODLE YOUR IDEAS AROUND --After researching I like to sit
back and think about the subject. And when I do, I notice new
ideas that pop into my head like magic. Then it's time to start
taking notes so I don't lose an ounce of inspiration.
4) START TO WRITE -- Beginning to write for me is like dipping
my big toe into a pool before diving in. I like to start writing
whatever comes to mind so I can center in on the subject.
With sales letters I start working on headlines and openings.
And sometimes I'll start over a hundred times or more. It's a
warm up for writing, and it lets me try out different ways to
Same with ebooks. I write chapter by chapter. I get ready, start
writing a chapter, and I might do it over a dozen times as a warm
up. I write like this until I'm like a horse eager to get out
of the gate. And then I just let my writing take over -- once
I'm warm -- and start a marathon writing cycle.
5) WRITE FAST --Writing fast does wonders for the work you produce.
By writing fast you'll have a more continuous flow and that
makes for an easy read. Sentences É ideas É paragraphs all blend
together perfectly when you just write what you think and stop
Don't worry about mistakes or things that don't seem right as
you're writing them. Just keep plugging along. Get that first
draft out, let it settle, and then go back and clean it up later.
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