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Ideas By The Hundreds

Ever since I joined HubPages my mind has been overflowing with ideas for hubs. I have a well planned strategy I use to help me find, catalogue and sort the good topics from the not so good that I will tell you about in a moment. But firstly, I have to agree with other, more seasoned hubbers that it is imperative you write about what you know. But don't write about what you know unless you can inject enthusiasm and passion into it - write from your heart if possible. Don't write to just please the reader. This can be from life experience, something you have learned or something that happened to you, even something you do well, like taking exceptional photographs.

Sometimes, for some of us the hardest part is starting to write, but my tips can help you overcome this. Another great thing about hub writing is that you can go back and edit as much as you like. So if after a time you re-read one of your hubs, and you think (now that you have more experience) that sounds a bit lame!, you just click edit and off you go.

My list of ideas seems almost endless but that probably has something to do with being over half a century old and having a truck load of life experiences. Seriously, even when my head hits the pillow and I am trying to still my mind and fall off to sleep, I am thinking "Hey! this might be a good hub topic". I wake up in the morning and have to force myself not to head straight to the computer to see if anyone has left any comments for me or do a bit of hub hopping before it's time to leave for work. And all the while thinking of more and more ideas. It has become so addictive...but in a good way.

This avenue certainly has got my creative juices flowing. Previously I had tried on and off, to write a book however the whole idea of writing a novel is so daunting, and then there is the possibility of it never being published. I had never thought too much about how much or little money I might make, it was more to do with knowing the public would have the opportunity of reading my written words that really appealed to me. HubPages is helping me fulfill my dream over and over with each hub I write, with the possibility of earning a little money along the way. Writing a novel can be quite restricting where as writing hubs offers so much freedom.

So here is my formula for coming up with ideas for writing.


STEP BY STEP

Step One: Buy yourself a set of index cards and a couple of pens or pencils if you prefer, a highlighter and a notebook. I keep these items on me most of the time so that i can write down ideas as they come to me. I know that if I don't, they will be forgotten by the time I get home. I generally keep them in my handbag......now I'm not sure what to recommend to you guys about where to stash these items, you certainly don't want to have your pockets stuffed to overflowing. As it is, I have to make room in my bag for my husbands keys, wallet and phone. I think it is time all the guys got their own bag, perhaps it could be called a muscle bag or manly bag lol!....might be another idea for a hub haha!.

Step Two: Take some time to think about where you might get ideas from and write each "where" on a separate card. You may overhear an interesting conversation. It could be a topic discussed on the news or a chat show. A friend may have asked your opinion about a subject or an item such as the new car you just bought. You might love or absolutely hate the latest movie or book released - if so tell other hubbers by writing a review. How about life! Did something truly wonderful, exciting, awful, shocking, life changing ever happen to you? Share it with us. You never know who you might be inspiring, shaping or changing with your thoughts and ideas. Words are powerful! You can share your creativity with others in the form of poetry or short stories. There are so many things you have a valuable opinion about that others would like to hear about. These are just a few ideas and I am certain you can come up with more.

Step Three: One by one go through your cards and jot down the topics (use your notebook for this) you could write about. As an example I have a card (three in fact) for "conversations". Some of the topics include, 'appropriate age for mobile phone' - 'stupid things neighbours argue about' - 'not worrying about debt because of 2012' and 'two child molesters live in my street'. From this list of topics choose only the ones you know about, are familiar with or have experienced and highlight them.

Step Four: Transfer the highlighted topics onto the appropriate card. You now have your database of subject material but you need to find a fantastic subject to write about. The simplest way to do this is by elimination. Read your first topic. In my example I wrote 'appropriate age for mobile phone'. Now I need to compare that topic (a) to the next in line (b) 'Stupid things neighbours argue about'. I would choose (a)over (b) because of my first-hand knowledge on the subject. So now, I compare (a) to (c) 'Not worrying about debt.......' and I go with (a) again so then it is down to (a) and (d) but this time I'm choosing (d) because I am very passionate about the subject and it is my street I will be talking about. So once you have arrived at your optimum hub topic you will need another blank card.

Step Five: Now it is just a matter of writing down the main areas, people, events, feelings, actions, reactions, outcome etc so that you have a plan of sorts to help you write. Each topic will have its own set of guidelines and structure. With my example I have listed; The people being neighbours, 2 convicted child molesters. Action taken by neighbours. Distribution of flyers. Effect on neighbourhood and the result of community action.

Step Six: You are now ready to write your hub, and the next and the next......... happy writing, happy hubbing.

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Some good tips here. I tend to write about whatever appeals to me at the moment. Sometimes I begin an article with an idea or thought. Save it as a draft then come back to finish it later.

Like you, I have all sorts of ideas.

Thanks for sharing.


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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia Author

Thanks for reading my hubs and leaving feedback. It is nice to know my hubs are being read. :)


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lorie35 5 years ago from Down East, Maine USA

I like the idea Christine. I used the same concept for coming up with characters for a few novels I started a few years ago. I think this will help with my hubpages and "make me dig out the dreaded novels" once again.


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treedoode 5 years ago

Hi Christine P Ann,

Some good useful ideas you have put forward. I am always writing down ideas, mainly for website design and content, no matter what time nor where I am if inspiration grabs me with an idea then I have to get it onto paper - otherwise it could be ‘The Brilliant Idea’ that I have been waiting for. What’s with the 'not worrying about debt because of 2012' not the 21/12/2012 end of the Mayan calendar malarkey.


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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia Author

I am impressed that you have written a few novels lorie35. and to treedoode the 2012 idea came from overhearing a discussion at a restaurant. I'm not sure I buy into the whole idea at all. Thanks for your comments


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

this is well done, I want to take a moment to go and read more of your hubs. Excellent job =)


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theseus 5 years ago from philippines

Thank's for the suggestions Christine, they are helpful.

I have always been writing just about anything I'm passionate about only when the thought and mood strikes me so I'll be trying your tips soon. Thank you for sharing. God bless.


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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia Author

Appreciate the feedback. Thanks Rebecca E and theseus.


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Nastasia 5 years ago

Hi Christine,

Welcome to hub pages. I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your hub. Best wishes with your writing.

Also thanks for the comment on my Forgiveness & Resentment hub.


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ChristinS 5 years ago from Midwest

I also use index cards :) I do it in a bit different way though. For me a lot of ideas come and go so I have to take some time when I get an idea and catalog it. I have a little recipe box of index cards that are alphabetical. When I get ideas I "file them" by subject alphabetically. I'll put the subject of the idea on top of the index card and then the idea or thought to expand upon below it.

When I have some time to write I go grab the little box of cards and see what moves me at the moment.

Great tips :)


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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia Author

Hi Nastasia thank you for your positive comments, I have been a bit slack lately but will get back to writing soon.

ChristinS the recipe box idea is a good one, I just have a rubber band around mine lol! isn't it great when you re-discover a brilliant idea on a card you had a long time ago and would have forgotten if you hadn't carded it! :)


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Anaydena 5 years ago from Arlington, TX, USA

I found this hub, and I saw another hub of yours, "Living with a Child Molester", and I was HOOKED on your writing! Keep up the good work and I am now following you as well! I look forward to seeing more hubs by you!


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Anaydena 5 years ago from Arlington, TX, USA

Keep writing! Sharing this!!!


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Christine P Ann 5 years ago from Australia Author

Anaydena, thank you so much for your words of encouragement I really appreciate it.


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Anaydena 5 years ago from Arlington, TX, USA

No problem! I love your hubs! I am following you now lol

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