How I get my Hub Ideas Part 1

They say that some things are 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration. Why not throw a little dedication, insulation and refrigeration in too. Being ridiculous, writing ridiculous, smelling ridiculous... well, maybe not - these are things that help me to have ideas to write hubs.

I'll try to be clearer. Look around you, look at objects and see if they have a story. See that rubix cube? Do you have a history playing one? Do you know how to solve it? Hub it. See that RISK game? Do you know how to play it? Have you had fun playing it? Do you know the rules? Have you ever had a tournament? Hub it. See that cat? How long have you had it? What do you know about the species of cat you have? Does having this cat tell you anything about being a pet owner? Do you have advice to give to other pet owners? Does having this cat make you think of leopards, tigers, lions, cougars or tarantulas? Do some research about only one of these things, then hub it.

Okay, stop looking around you now. Instead, look inside you. What is a memory you have of something that happened when you were 11 years old that taught you a lesson? Maybe you played a sport, was in a band, liked to dance or listened to music. Maybe you were a class clown, maybe you played chess, maybe you climbed trees. Pick only one, say what good it did for you in your life now, hub it.

Look inside you again, look a little deeper this time, what is something you are passionate about, or, if you are like me who hasn't a lot of passion, look at a lesser used thought, something that requires a bit of dusting, something that came from a profound conversation. Ask yourself some questions like, who am I? What purpose do I have in this world with respect to specific individual people? Recall past conversations that you may have had late at night with friends that covered astronomically inclined topics - what did you talk about? Was any of it enlightened? Did it spark dreams that are as yet unfulfilled? Break into smaller chunks anything in this paragraph that brings back a memory, see how that chunk may have helped you in your life, now hub it to help others. Look at other chunks from some of the questions you may have had long ago, or questions you still have today - do some research, see if anyone out there has attempted to answer your question, accumulate the results with your own impression, hub it.

Let's turn the page, now, turn to the next section in the newspaper, or any media. What is happening today? What happened yesterday? Read the news, watch the news, listen to the news. Don't write about the specific event, that won't be evergreen. Don't write about the specific person involved, unless your heart is really in it. Instead, find an aspect of a news story that really makes you feel something, be it disgust, deep respect, elation or something else. Now take that feeling from that news article, make the news article a general case that can be applied over and over, and let your feeling come through, show the disgust, respect or elation - then hub it.

Okay, get your nose out of the newspaper, now look at the people around you. Talk to them, or more importantly, listen to them. I mean it and will say it again: listen to them. Listen to the stories that people tell you, listen to the conversations that people have - what are they talking about? What are they interested in? What are they saying? Does any of it mean anything to you? Does any of it sound like advice that one person is giving another? Does any of it sound like a recommendation that one person is giving to another? Does any of it spark an idea about a hub? Does what people are saying make you feel something really strongly? Try to learn to recognize when that happens and take a note of it. Then hub it.

I have a few more paragraphs of ideas to generate hub ideas in part 2 and part 3.

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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

I'm glad you decided to write about this! Most days article ideas just run through my head all day and I have to write them down or I'll lose them. Every thing around me inspires me, including movies, music, what I read on the internet, and what is happening to those around me. All of these are great questions you have written about that can jumpstart creativity in generating ideas for hubs. I voted up and useful.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks EB, I really enjoyed writing this one so much that I kept going and have a part 2 and a part 3 almost ready to go.


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Ebower 5 years ago from Georgia

Can't wait to read them!


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WittyWeddings 5 years ago from Kansas City, MO

This is so true. Like Ebower I have to write done all my ideas. Since I've started writing on hp I can't stop thinking of new ideas.


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WayneDave 5 years ago from Leeds, England

Great post, very true. Fantastic content.


u01dtj6 5 years ago

Thanks for the tips! They are great. Can't wait until Part Two.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

WW, it is great to hear that it isn't just me that has ideas bursting forth.

WD, thanks for stopping by.

u, I hope the tips help give you ideas, part two should arrive soon.


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Darknlovely3436 5 years ago from NewYork

I usually get my ideas for a hub, while travelling on the subway, I see a lot of things, during my early morning commute, and most of the time i am inspired to drop down some ideas, then during the day, my inner person(:) keep working on those ideas. great hub. for instant yesterday a row of people was sitting in front of me, and the first i really notice about these folks was their feet... yes feet, they range in ages from 19-60 and the first thing i notice was the condition of their feet, and right away a light bulcb when off in my head.. no body paid much attention to their feet,

and then i said this will make a good ub... "Feet week. like heart week cancer month, and the light bulb in my head keep getting brighter, and brighter....


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Goodness, you have enough ideas to hub forever. But it is a fact - writers do have writer's eyes and ears. They can see stories and articles in everything. Words of a specific writer I will never forget: "If you stay with me, I will write about you." I will regard this hub and the rest of it as a source of bright ideas. Thanks!


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Great ideas! I think the part about really listening to people is the key. You have definitely made me think of great resources for hub topics. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to part two!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Dark, You've mentioned something that will come in a subsequent part with respect to getting ideas.

MC, thanks for stopping by, I hope this part and the next two help you and many others.

Apple, yes, listening really is key, that's why I emphasized it by saying it twice. Part two I will publish shortly.


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lifeissummertime 5 years ago from KualaLumpur

can't wait for part2


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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Nice hub with some good suggestions. Voted up and useful. After all, much of our world is not unique, what fascinates us and improves our lives, will surely relate to others.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Life - part 2 and 3 are published now.

Brett, thanks! I really hope this and the other two parts help some hubbers.


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anusha15 5 years ago from Delhi, India

Just so that you do not wonder, I gave that funny vote :) (along with awesome and useful) Its such a great hub, and yet, it's amusing to think that almost everything, inside and outside can be telling a story. So next time, if someone complains about lack of ideas, I'll tell them to work on their expression instead. :)


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JSParker 5 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

Voted "useful". I think this is a great hub to bookmark for those times when any of us think we just don't have anything to write about, which is really ridiculous, as you reveal in this hub!

Thanks. Keep on hubbin'.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Anusha, thanks - indeed, take an idea and twist it a little, use a new expression and you're off to the races. Thanks for the votes!

JSP, thanks for the vote, I too will check it out if ever I run dry.


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agaglia 5 years ago

Great ideas for writing anywhere - including HubPages.

thanks.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Hi ag, I figured the same thing to - it isn't only hubbers that need inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

Hi phil,

I think i am not that motivated writer like you and i am always short of ideas to write and this is reason why i have only 66 hubs in nearly 2 years here.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Hi sweetie, I am motivated but haven't always the time I would like to write more. I still have a lot of ideas, but so far I have only hubbed the ones I knew I could write quickly. Thanks for stopping by.


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh

You have written well. I voted it up.


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Jagodka 5 years ago

I'm so glad I cam across this hub! I have writer's block and have no idea what to write for my next hub. Thank you!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

breathing, thanks for the vote.

Jag, I'm glad you came across this hub also, I hope it has helped you get past the block.


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dkanofsky 5 years ago from Bethalto, Illinois

Since I write on what I am passionate about, it's not that difficult for me to come up with ideas. But until now, I'd be at a loss for words if I needed to write on another topic.

Thank you so much for the informative and and outstanding ideas.

Kindest regards,

Dave Kanofsky


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Dave, it is great that you have passion for some topics. I haven't got much, so I have to stir the pot of ideas and using a slotted ladle, pull one or three out. Thanks for stopping by.


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Di_Seminchuk 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

You have inspired me to come up with more ideas what to write about. I find that this info. is useful, interesting, and a vote up. Thanks


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Di, thanks for the vote.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for the great suggestions for coming up with hub topic ideas! I'll have to read Parts 2 and 3 too. Voted useful.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Thanks Alicia, I come back to these myself occasionally to get some inspiration. Hopefully a small part of one of the three parts will help you out.


CBethin 5 years ago

Thanks :D i am always trying to figure out what to write a hub about. This helped me realize that i just have to look around me. This useful information definitely give u a vote up :)


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

CB, thanks for the votes. There are more tips in parts 2 and 3 you may want to check out.


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

I've read lots of hubs on finding hub ideas, but I have to say this one gives a lot of specifics. I shall bookmark and read your other parts, thanks.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

tebo, thanks for stopping by. I hope these hubs help.


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

I am constantly plagued with writer's block. Your ideas for coming up with...ideas, are great!! There is so much inspiration in one's world if we just open our eyes :) Thank you for sharing!


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Ardie, thanks! I need to reread these to help get myself kickstarted.


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leroy64 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas (Oak Cliff)

Phil,

Came back and read this one again for inspiration. Thanks.

Sometimes, for me, it is just a matter of getting that first word on paper and the story flows, or something like that.


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

You have done a great job of sharing how to write articles. This is incredibly useful to many of us I'm sure. It is easy to think "man, I really want to write right now, but what!" You have solved that problem.

Appreciated and voted up.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Hey Robert, I had so much fun writing this and the other two parts, it all just came flooding out of me. Thanks for the vote!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Great stuff. Funny, yes, but really good advice. I have read a number of the "advice hubs about what to write about, and by far, I like yours the best. Sharing.


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

phd, you are too kind. Thanks for sharing!


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Amber522 4 years ago

You are a great writer. These are very inspiring ideas! I will be sharing this too :)


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Phil Plasma 4 years ago from Montreal, Quebec Author

Amber, you are generous, thank you for sharing!

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