Want to write more than you’re doing now? The secret is simple. Simply put your faith in the writing process.
By that, we mean trusting the steps that writers have used year in and year out. That is: make an outline (mental or on paper), write a quick first draft and revise the snot out of it.
If you have a ton of stories to write on the pipe, you can do this like a factory. Instead of writing and finishing one before starting another, work it like an assembly line. For example, if you have five essays due, write the outlines for all five first. After that’s done, write the first draft for each outline, one after the other. Don’t bother revising, correcting or putting it through your grammar software — the goal is to just pump out first drafts like it’s going out of style. Once all your drafts are finished, that’s when you start revising them one by one.
How does this make you work faster? First, how dare you question the assembly line! There’s a reason factories work that way — it’s the most efficient way to get stuff done. Additionally, working on other drafts before returning to revise the first one allows you to send it to the back of your mind. That way, when you return to it, you actually have a better shot of looking at it with fresh eyes.