Most experienced writers realize this claim is ridiculous, so normally I wouldn’t even mention it except for one sad fact: a few unfortunate companies have been taken in by the so-called writers who make this claim and the results have been less than desirable.
Let us take a look at this claim logically, shall we?
If you really think seriously about typing speed, then you will probably immediately realize that any claim to create unique and original material so quickly is false.
To even get 500 words on paper someone claiming to be able to write 500 words in five minutes would have to be able to type over 100 words per minute. While a few professional typists might be able to reach this speed, most people type much more slowly. If you can believe Wikipedia on the subject, professional typists work at speeds of 50 to 80 words per minute. If this statistic is true, then the person who types over a 100 words per minute is relatively rare.
It is also important to remember that typing speeds are measured when a person is retyping material that has already been written. Such measurements do not take into account the creation of new material.
Creating New Material
Let’s look at what it takes to create new material:
Here is what goes into each step.
Depending on the complexity of the subject and the writer’s prior knowledge on the topic, research can take anywhere from a few minutes for a familiar topic to most of a day for a complex topic that the writer is not familiar with.
Once the writer is comfortable with their knowledge level on the topic, the material needs to be organized in a way that will make sense to the reader. For short pieces like 500 word articles, the writer may create a simple outline or jot a few headlines down in the order that the topics will appear in the article. He or she then fills in unique text in his or her own words to create an first draft.
After the writer has created an first draft, he or she needs to check it over carefully. The writer will look carefully to make sure that there are no typos, grammar errors, or spelling mistakes. He or she will also make certain that nothing has been left out of the article accidentally.
An article is not finished until these steps are complete. If you can do the math, you will quickly realize that five minutes is not nearly enough time to produce original quality work.
If you suspect that a writer has not provided you with original material, here are two excellent tools that can help you detect plagiarism:
- Article Checker
So, now that you know what it takes would you believe someone who claimed to create a 500-word article in five minutes?
How long does it usually take you to write an article or blog post? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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