I had a doctor tell me that I should exercise regularly when I was young. He said, "And don't lie down till the feeling goes away—like I do."
I have composer friends who write an annual Christmas song. I don't. I write when the urge strikes, usually several at a time in summer or some other nonrelevant time of year, stock pile the one of the new suckers and give them away with that year's Christmas cards. Everyone only THINKS I write a new song every year.
Apparently I have the same plan here at hp. And my score is slipping.... [sigh...]
Ok, I say that if you wait to write hubs and you are lazy about writing them, then that means your next hub will be a really good money maker...(cough,cough). Also, that you will land a really good job when someone important sees your wonderful new hub...(eyes shifting back and forth).
Good luck I know you will write a good one if you are lazy about it now....(lMao now)
I often get the urge, but its at the wrong time - meaning I don't have time to write at that time. So instead, I leave MS Word up & when an idea comes to mind I simply type it in along with my thoughts, so the idea doesn't leave as fast as it came Then I can go back to it and finish what I've started.
If there's something wrong with you then something's wrong with me too! I haven't written any hub since the weekend and I've started like three hubs but I only got to the first line and then poof! the urge to write is gone .
*sigh* I'd better go back to my day job and start crunching numbers .
You may be pleasantly surprised that you can make it. When i joined the challenge, I didnt have a clue as to how to turn out 30 hubs in 30 days. Didnt know what i was going to write about. I made sure i wasnt thinking straight when i said YES to the challenge. I ended up doing 35 hubs in 30 days. And i was shocked that i could see it through. If i could do it, then anyone can!
But Lady_E I have not been in the flow for some time...others have tons of hubs and I only have...26 I feel like I should have more but I don't becaue I get on here and don't feel like writing a hub. It's sad...
If 26 hubs In 5 weeks makes you lazy , then I am a complete slug It has taken me over a year to do 50 . And I am not sure how many of them are actually good ! But I do this for fun and every now and again because I have what I feel Is something Important to say . Just enjoy the process I say !
A couple of years ago I was getting over a "flu thing" and also didn't have a lot of work. That's when I signed up at a different writing site; and because I didn't have the energy to do much of anything but write, I came up with - like - 150 articles in a month (or something like that). That was then. This is now.
These days, "HubPages-kind-of-writing" is "hobby writing" and "extra-time" writing for me. I just let "whatever incubates" incubate, and eventually the incubating process is done, I'll "put my brain on print", and I'll have a Hub. If I'm too busy or too tired to "print" what I've incubated it's still there when it's a better time. I can't turn writing on here into a "second job", complete with structure and self-discipline; because that would just be too much on top of "the rest of life". I'd like to be more productive, but that isn't going to happen. I'll often come on the forums just to see if I get the urge to write or ideas (actually, yesterday that happened) being here; but I have to pretty much "go where the wind takes me" when it comes to writing my own stuff. Writing other people's stuff doesn't require "inspiration", but I don't want to write about stuff that doesn't interest me for "fun". (Actually, I don't really want to write for other people for money either. )
I wish I could do that..come on the forums and get inspired to write but nope nothing. and yea I'm doing this just because I thought it would be cool to get paid for writing since I'm not an author yet...but I have only made $1 so far..really frustrating.
THAT might be your problem. You're running out steam because you're getting frustrated. If there's one thing about a lot of online writing that people need to make peace with, it's that it takes time. That's why I kind of treat it the way I do. I add something when I can, and just kind of know that at some point it may pay off. I think it's important (even when we write with the idea of earning) to set aside thoughts of earning and just write the way we'd write "because we just feel like it". It may not continue this way (I'm always aware of that), but I've been getting monthly deposits from Hubs for over a year now. It took a few months before I saw more than penny-candy earnings, and it took eight before those added up to make a payment. After that, there was a monthly payment.
If it's money you want/need you'd probably be wise not to put all writing eggs in the Hub basket; but at the same time, if you can hang in long enough you'll most likely be very glad you did.
Oh come on. There's nothing wrong with you. You could write a hub about this, writer's block, procrastination, whatever you want to call it, if you wanted to, but you better get to it before someone else does!
And yes, I know writer's block and procrastination aren't necessarily the same thing- to hubbers who would want to jump in here.
lmao yes in a way they are one in the same anti...they are one in the same whether belieive it or not. Hell they work together...procrastination walks in and makes your procrastinate until WRiter's Block takes over LMAO
Good points. Sometimes people can "written out". That's a big one for me. Sometimes I'll write on thing after another for quite a period of time. Then, all of a sudden, I'll get to where I think, "I cannot possibly write one more sentence. There's nothing left." When that kind of thing happens you just have to forget about trying to write for a little while, and over time things start "incubating" again (or whatever anyone else's process is).
I started off at about the same rate last year. I published a few hubs every week. Now since I have other things going on, I don't publish nearly as much, but I intend to change that. I have a number of hubs I've been working on.
And you know that hub I had trouble with, I published that one today, finally!
I could sell you some if you wanted to buy, Crazdwriter.
I get that way from time to time. One thing that has helped me is using something like Dragon Naturally Speaking. You have to be careful, because sometimes some very strange things are translated. It's like a disturbing peek into an opiate smoker's nightmare, at times. Still I think once you train it well enough, you'll find that you can work much quicker than you would if you typed. You may spend more time editing, though, so keep that in mind as well.
Really? It's a voice recognition program that a lot of people use instead of typing. It's been used pretty successfully with people who are disabled and can't type, like quadriplegics. It's a computer though, so you really have to train it. It does get better, as you use it, but from time to time it can do some really strange things. So you really have to proofread what you dictate, otherwise people think you're crazy. I found it's much easier to "write as you speak" when I use voice recognition programs as opposed to typing.
I will warn you that the program has certain idiosyncrasies, and that will drive you nuts. But I find that the pros outweigh the cons when using this sort of software.
Hmmmmm, sounds fascinating, but more like some of them music programs I work with. You can play in your music, and see it on the screen only to realize you get to spend the rest of your natural life editing to a publishable form. However, as you say, you can train the program, so to speak, and it can get a bit better with practice.
But as for writing, I just start pouring out thoughts and then organizing them. I'm not that good of a writer to just write and have it fall into publishable form. I guess that applies to composing too! LOL
It's great isn't it? People like to talk about technology changing things, but they never seem to understand the implications of it. As for editing, I try to do as little as possible, if I fall into that trap, I'll never finish editing. All I really look for are typos and missteps along the way.
in that case, just sit down and start writing. It doesn't really matter what, what matters is that you actually physically sit down and start writing. You could do a little bit of brainstorming or free association, just don't try to force it. Before too long, I think you'll find that you're actually writing something useful or something that you've wanted to write for a while. Even if you don't maybe those guys down in your subconscious aren't ready to write yet and you'll just have to wait until they are.
So don't decide. Start with a blank sheet of paper and just start writing away. Sooner or later you're going to start writing along the lines of whatever it is you want to write about. It could be one of your stories, it could be a hub, it could be something totally unrelated. That's not important. What's important is sitting down doing the work. If you look at it from that perspective and maybe a little bit easier to get started.
This is going to sound awful, but sometimes I get sudden inspiration when I'm rating articles on Helium and run into one that seems, at least to me, to offer ideas that are so "nuts" I'm suddenly inspired to write my own article. (I may not write that article on Helium, but the inspiration remains, regardless of where I write it.)
Have you tried to going to some writing sites where everyone can write, look for subjects that kind of interest you; and see if you can find something that bugs you or makes you out-and-out angry enough to write? Or, with a more postive approach, have you gone through your own life, house, interests; and thought about things that have meant the most to you for one reason or another? Sometimes that kind of thing can get some ideas going. What about things going on in the world that drive you nuts, make you angry, or inspire you? Essentially, scan your brain, the room you're in, your home, your neighborhood, the rest of the world and writing sites for things that strike you one way or another. Keep scanning until you hit something.
I do sometimes take ideas from others but I don't like to do that too much because then I am feel like I am stealing from them. Though yes I do write ideas that have been written before but still. I want to make up my own ideas for writing things.
You know what, crazed writer? Tell us a story, make it up. You don't have to stick with the facts, we'll let you tell us a story. Tell us a story with a moral to it, maybe...about an inveterate procrastinator who was three hours late for her wedding and found everybody gone..
Or tell us a story about a transformation. Your keyboard suddenly turned into a ...... (fill in the blank) so you couldn't write hubs for days and days, because the ..... was hungry and might eat you!
Or maybe your keyboard IS hungry and you just need to feed it some words to make it your friend again...
You can let yourself rip and be silly and share it and we'll all still love you.
Seriously, nobody's judging you, you don't need to beat on yourself. You're good, you're golden.
LMAO thanks Paradise I did do one story as a hub already and i am glad i got that one done. and I just might take you up on the one about the keyboard transforming into something else. LMAO that would be a fun one to write.
Have a joke going on with a hubber Beth about her moving boxes being alive and chasing her around the house and stuff so I think she would appreciate something like that lmao
hehehe MPM sorry but you can't blame me lmao why does everyone want to blame me? lol raedytoescape blames me for making him drink...somoene else blamed me for something the other day can't remember...lmao
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