Have you ever spent a half hour trying to conceive of one sentence? I know I have. Have you ever spent four hours on just two pages? I’ve done that too, and even worse. Is there a remedy? Although there well may be others, here are some solutions I have discovered so far:

Determine a time of day to write depending upon your natural predisposition to mornings, afternoons, or evenings, and habitually adhere to this hour.

Isolate yourself finding an area free from the distractions of people, television, telephone, text message prompts, and if possible, the noises of the street. Unless you are one of the few individuals who can receive inspiration while listening to soft background music, silence the radio and stereo too. Whenever convenient and accessible, select this area as your dedicated space for writing. This step and the previous one will spark the flow of the creative juices every time you set up the scenarios.

Once settled, make an outline with four to six segments allocating a time frame to each of them. The intervals indicated below are merely arbitrary; whatever you decide on, be sure to observe it. Remember, that this terse method should not be used for expert, formal authoring.

  • Topic – 1 minute

Develop a clear idea of what you want to write about also approximating the number of words you wish to include (three to five hundred would be adequate).

  • Title – 2 minutes

Conceive of a catchy heading that invites the continued reading of the material. If feasible, designate this part as section two or postpone it if it is unclear and would consume too much time, and proceed to section three.

  • Introduction – 2 minutes

A practical departure point for this portion is to pose a question or series of questions and then commit to providing an answer as I illustrated above. Also, some personalization here can be quite appealing, as I also did.

  • Groundwork – 4 minutes

Do a little research, which can be well accomplished either by clicking on one of the findings in a general Google Search on the subject or more specifically by clicking on the result of a search specifying Wikipedia and the subject. However, due to time constraints, only select readings that are brief yet concise or report on a particular segment of a longer one (especially in the case of Wikipedia).

  • Body – 5 minutes

As stated in an article by Leigh Peele, “Borrow ideas from other people,” and begin to write your piece by paraphrasing most of the thoughts they have shared in what you just read.  Also, include your personal ideas, and to add credibility to all of it, integrate a verbatim segment or more of the material using quotation marks (but not for over 25% of it). Whether quoted or paraphrased, be sure to make a note of the source URL for inclusion in a bibliography once your paper is completed. Next, if you have not already done so, create your title, but as you only have a few minutes for this section, forgo editing.

  • Conclusion – 1 minute

Echoing your opening premise or the title, write a sentence (or two at the most) such as: Following the steps just outlined is one answer to “how to write an article in 15 minutes or fewer.”

Now that you have accomplished the goal of quickly writing the essence of your paper, go back and proofread it for grammar and punctuation, and be sure to use “spell check.” As an alternative, copy and paste your work into a grammar editor such as the free or premium versions of “” or “” (the preferred for most writers at the moment).

Lastly, do not forget to include your bibliography at the end as demonstrated below.


Peele, Leigh. “11 Tips For Writing a 15 Minute Article.” (accessed January 19, 2017).

Total Work Time = 24 minutes


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