How to Write a 1000
Word Blog Post in 20
Content creation takes a lot of work (but I didn’t
have to tell you that!). You have to come up with
an idea about what you want to write (whether
that’s from keyword research or something you
came across that you wanted to share with your
audience), write the thing, then add visuals that
help you tell a compelling story.
And you have to do that as often as you can,
without sacrificing quality. The new rules state
that blog posts should be at least 1000 words,
which is a fairly long article. And writer’s block is
a real thing (that sneaky so and so).
But I think I’ve found something that works
amazingly well to help me write more posts than
ever before. It’s also how crazy starts, and that’s
dictation, which is a fancy word for setting up a
microphone (or earbuds) and letting the voices in
your head be heard.
Here’s how I use Dragon Dictate to write a 1000
word blog post in 20 minutes:
Step 0: Write Your Title
You should spend as much time crafting your title
as you do writing your post. Why? It’s the first
thing people read. The thing that tells them
whether they should click to read more or keep
scanning. A compelling title creates intrigue.
Make people curious, don’t hide the lead, add
numbers where appropriate, and don’t forget to
include negatives if they make sense.
So write your title before you turn on Dragon .
Step 1: Outline Your Article
Before using Dragon, I almost never outlined my
articles before writing, which led me down a
number of tangents that didn’t belong in my
posts. But you’ll find way more success if you
write your main points (headers) before you start
dictation. That will help you know where you’re
going before you get there, and it will help avoid
the inevitable ums and ahs that come from
dictating when you don’t know what to say.
Now, provided you’re not in a library or coffee
shop, you can turn on Dragon .
Step 2: Dictate the Body
Once you have your outline written, go ahead and
start dictating! Plug in your earphones, or if you
have a microphone, use that, and go to town!
Think about what you want each paragraph to
say before you hit “go” and pause as often as
you need to in order to get your point across
seamlessly. Hit stop when you’ve finished a
section, move the cursor to the next section, get
a drink of water, and repeat the process. Dictate
Step 3: Edit Heavily
Check and see your word count. I bet it’s higher
than you expected. Good job! Now, go over your
content with a hawk eye. Look for homonyms.
Look for places where Dragon doesn’t know the
word. Look for awkwardness. The editing stage
is a lot longer with this method, but the writing
process is a lot shorter. Just another example of
how you can’t get something for nothing.
Will Dragon Work for You?
Learning how to use Dragon, and teaching
Dragon how to understand you, is exhausting.
The learning curve is steep, the training is boring,
and if you want to help Dragon understand you
better, you have to put in the extra effort of
teaching it corrections. That said, I use Dragon all
the time, and I find it to be an awesome way to
create content more quickly. I’m a fast typist,
sure, but my words-per-minute typing pale in
comparison to how quickly I can talk. I’d be
willing to bet you’re the same way. Unless you’re
my former coworker who types flawlessly (and