7 Tips for Completing an Article in 20 Minutes

Whether you are a Ghostwriter or a business owner who writes for their own blog or website, writing can be very time-consuming. We would all like to find ways to trim back on the amount of time it takes us to write.  


If you’re a writer for business, you probably would like to see ways to become more efficient. One way to do so is to learn a few techniques for getting an article completed within a short time frame. This article will guide you to get an article written and completed in 20 minutes.


Many ghostwriters or freelance writers juggle clients all day, day-in and day-out. So it’s not always the most economical job for one to have. However, if you can master these seven techniques, you’ll be able to get an article written in a jiffy and even be able to take on more clients to maximize your profits.

It’s important to remember that even though you may be writing quickly, you can’t compromise the quality.

1. Start an “idea” list:

Being a writer, sometimes your inspiration and motivation can easily be jeopardized, since you’re relying on it every single day. So, when you’re bountiful of ideas, write them down and keep a list. Many times, writers of all types, be it bloggers, article writers, ghostwriters, etc. the idea of what to write is what takes the most time. If you keep an idea list, you’ve already won half the battle.

2. Let your ideas simmer a bit:

It is typical that when you NEED something, it’s the most difficult to find whereas, when you don’t need it anymore, then it happens to just pop up. The same thing applies to writing and gaining ideas. The more force you put into it, the longer it will take. Thus, when you get a new topic, let it fester for a while before brainstorming. This way, a couple of days later, when it’s time to get started, you’ll already have a few things in mind that will work.

3. Be Selective

Now, you’ve formulated all these list ideas and brainstorming ideas for your articles, you’ve got so many ideas, what in the world are you going to do with them all?! Well, you’re going to have to be very hard on yourself and simply scratch through the majority of them on your list. Ask yourself, “does this idea really work?” or look at which ideas are the best and discard the rest. You can however, save the ideas for an article for later, but it’s important to remember we’re not writing an epic trilogy book now, just a simple article within a 20-minute time frame.

4. Be the Bullet Master:

Using bullet points or numbered entries is fantastic! Not only will it cut down the time spent on writing an article (since you don’t have to formulate a complete sentence or think about transitions from paragraph to paragraph) but it is also helps the reader to easily navigate the article and break up content.

5. Short and Sweet:

Articles that are 500 words are less are perfect for writing within a 20-minute time frame. What is most important here is to focus on the type of content. It needs to be content rich to make up for the shortness. Your article should be chalked full of valuable content.

6. Take a break:

More times than not, a nice break from work will benefit your motivation and inspiration. Writing can be a hard task some days, so it’s better not to force out words and rather, take a break, come back and let the words flow.

7. Use your good idea NOW:

It is very tempting to keep all your best ideas saved for later use, or for a “better” article. However, this is not the most productive or realistic approach.

You need to save time now, not later on. Whatever is in front of you now, should be what you focus on to get it done quickly and to make the most of your time. So take the “good” ideas off the back-burner and use the immediately.

These seven steps will help you to create an article within a 20-minute time frame so that you maximize your article output. If you have ideas or know of ways to write articles more quickly, what are they? Please share!


Deb Lamb

Deb Lamb is an enthusiastic Ghostwriter and Article Expert who provides dazzling Ghostwriting and Article Marketing services. Her superb research abilities produce the highest quality of content created just for you and your content desires! Deb has authored hundreds of articles on many topics and subjects. She has worked with many Authors providing ghostwriting, proofreading, and editing to books they have published in print. She has provided content for online and small business owners, entrepreneurs, internet marketers, job seekers, religious professionals, coaches, relationship therapists, virtual assistants, bail agents, sports sites, aviation and engineering companies, career and educational sites. Find out how she can give you that one thing that is priceless…Time! Follow me: http://www.twitter.com/urevrythngsvcs Website: http://www.youreverythingservices.com 


  8 comments for “7 Tips for Completing an Article in 20 Minutes

  1. March 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hello Deb,

    Some of these are good ideas for anyone preparing to write, as the it’s always best to think about your topic and aims prior to putting pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard).

    Honestly, I’ve been a professional writer for more than 25 years and have no idea how anyone can craft a creative, clean and compelling article in 20 minutes. Maybe I set the bar too high, but editing alone requires far more time than this. In fact, shorter articles take more time than the longer ones if the aim is tight and effective copy. Perhaps I’m misunderstanding your use of the term articles? Anyway, I don’t know of any respected publication (or client) that would pay for a 500 word article that took 20 minutes to write – no matter how gifted you are. Sloppiness shows through.

    For those who find writing one of the most interesting things they do, I’d suggest a few of other ideas to make the process speed by and the piece sing: 1. Pick a topic you’re extremely passionate about or so interested in you want to learn more; 2. Know the audience and speak to them in ways they will find inviting and engaging; 3. Put your work aside for at least a few days prior to the editing process – and plan on more time here than the initial writing phase.

  2. March 25, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Hi, Nanette!
    Great advice and comments. I also love your suggestions. I’ll certainly take into consideration everything you have mentioned.

    You are right, it may take some writers longer than 20 minutes to construct a compelling article, while others could possibly do it in ten minutes. Each person is different in their writing habits and styles. However, you have brought up some very interesting things to think about. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and adding your professionalism to the mix!

    Make it a beautiful day!

    Deb :)

  3. March 25, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Good tips, Deb. I think it’s possible to write an article in 20 minutes on a subject you’ve already researched or have some expertise in. I also dictate my articles using Dragon software to speed up the process. However, when you have to write and research from scratch, I find it takes a bit longer.

  4. March 25, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Hi, Sharon!
    I totally agree with you on an article that you have to research. That would certainly take much longer than 20 minutes to write. However, I also agree with you that if you are very familiar with the subject, then it can be done.

    I’ve heard some good things about the Dragon software, but I have not tried it. I’ll have to give that a shot some time.

    Thanks for commenting. Make it a fabulous Friday!

    Deb :)

  5. March 29, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Nice post Deb-thanks for sharing! I think that the “idea list” is one of the most important. As a fellow blogger, I find that my best ideas can pop in my head at almost any time of the day, and without a list, I’d lose some of my best topics. To keep ideas organized I highly recommend http://www.YourVersion.com. It’s a completely free service that lets you bookmark any articles that you may want to include as links in your own blog posts. When you bookmark the article, you can associate key words with the article so it makes it really easy to find relevant content when you sit down to write your own blog post. This is in essence a form of doing your article research in advance (like Sharon suggests in her comment) and it really makes it easy when you’re trying to get something written and posted quickly.

    I’ve also never heard of Dragon Software, but it sounds really slick-very good suggestion from Sharon.

  6. March 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Good morning, Blase!
    I have never heard of YourVersion, but you can bet I’ll be checking it out. Thanks for that suggestion. It sounds as if it would come in very handy. I’m always looking for tools and tips to make my writing life easier…LOL.

    I agree, Sharon had some outstanding suggestions. That is one reason I just love our community here. We all gather information, suggestions and learn from each other. That is fantastic!

    Thank you, Blase, for taking the time to comment and add your expertise, ideas and suggestions to the mix as well! It is much appreciated.

    Make it a beautiful day!

    Deb :)

  7. March 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Blase, I’ve used YourVersion, but I’m currently using a combo of Springpad and Trunk.ly to save information.

  8. March 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Hi, Sharon,
    I’ll have to check those out as well. Make it an awesome day! Thank you.
    Deb :)

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