Hi. I have left my Hubpages account idle for a little while and now that the children are back to school,I want to get started again. However my problem is that I am finding it very difficult to come up with topics that have not been well written about already. I would love to hear how you get inspired/get your focus back when you are having a writing block. Thank you
Hi mathair, sometimes it helped me go through the answer section of HP and find some questions that I would enjoy answering with a hub.
The weekly topic inspiration are great too.
Other times I just write about things triggered by what I do every day. That's how I got started with recipe hubs, for example.
I am finding that more and more I simply write about something that gets my attention during the course of the day. Seldom do I really dwell on what to write about. When something "hits" me, I check it out and see what I can come up with.
Not much actually ! I am very observant though, and I see real life situations that make me think : "Oh that would be good to use in a story" and sometimes that's all it takes to get me started. Once I get the general idea, it's easy to follow the thread and make a short story out of it. I like to stick to short stories because I don't have the patience to write anything longer, and the physical process of writing is not very enjoyable to me, because ideas come to mind much faster than I can write them down and I get frustrated. I guess in the end I lack discipline, and since I don't write for a living, that's fine by me. Thank you for a great hub though, as I'm always interested in knowing how other people came to writing and what makes them click
Think about what interests you, what YOU would want to read about and then go from there. Put your own spin on something that gets your mind going. Just because something has been written about before doesn't mean its been written as you would do it. Your take on something may be just what a reader is looking for.
Thank you to everyone for your replies. I left the computer aside today and simply used a pen and paper to jot down thoughts and ideas. Hopefully this will help me to kick-start the writing again!
Just before I joined Hubpages I saw a suggestion from someone about how to think up blog topics. Really, I thought it was so simple and brain dead that it couldn't work but I tried it anyway. The suggestion is to just sit down with pen and paper and write 100 topics within about 10 to 15 minutes. You are not allowed to dwell on any topic or judge it, just keep going. Well, actually it took me nearly an hour and I ended up with 57 topics.
Of those I thought about half had some promise. Then I filter them by trying different keywords in Google to make sure the topics aren't overly saturated already. If you type in your topic several ways and it pulls up 20 million hits, then probably you need to narrow it or just forget about that one.
Anyway, it's just a brainstorming technique and it seems to have worked as I have a list of about 20 hubs I could do, and of course, as the week goes by I always think of a few more spontaneously.
Hope that helps!
Why not write about who's staring at you in the mirror every day. I mean you. Write about what you're so frustrated about. Write about not being able to write. Write about your family and everything around you at home. I bet there's more than one or two stories there. Good luck!!
by GwennyOh3 years ago
I have been diligently writing away on niche stuff and today realized that the market for much of what I write is way to small. I need to diversify in a big way. Please give me some ideas on how to find...
by Simone Haruko Smith3 years ago
I have exciting news, everyone! We have a new Weekly Topic Inspiration leader: Christy Kirwan! Christy has been leading our Topic Page expansion initiative, creating more detailed leaf pages to better accommodate Hubs...
by Simone Haruko Smith5 years ago
Heya Hubbers! Don't know what to write Hubs about this week? Karen Wodke offered the great suggestion that we discuss self publishing!I did a bit of preliminary keyword research on the subject, and you might want...
by Christy Kirwan3 years ago
Happy Tuesday, Hubbers! Dog lovers, gather ‘round.Has your dog ever tried to bite her leash or drag you along at her pace during a walk, instead of yours? Does she fight the collar or try to chase other animals?...
by Christy Kirwan3 years ago
Greetings and salutations, Hubbers!If you haven’t heard yet, the Weekly Topic Inspiration program is getting a major overhaul! For the full scoop, check out the Blog post, Changes to the Weekly Topic Inspiration...
by Seanachai4 years ago
Hello All, I have read the FAQ's and other help areas of HubPages, including many topics from the learning center, but, from what I've found so far, it seems like a lot of talking around the question, but not really,...
Copyright © 2016 HubPages Inc. and respective owners.
Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners.
HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc.
HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.