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suffering from Hubblock

  1. princess g profile image60
    princess gposted 6 years ago

    I can't think of anything to write:(

    I see a lot of great hubs on here, really interesting and detailed. I want to make hubs like that, and I don't know where to start.

    I have a few, but they're short, boring, lame, or all three. It's daunting.

    1. relache profile image88
      relacheposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      When that happens to me, it's a sign that I need to take a break from writing.  And usually a short time later, as I'm doing something else, I'll think "wow, I should make a Hub about this..." and then I'm back up and writing again.

    2. Susana S profile image92
      Susana Sposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have the opposite problem, too much to write, not enough hours lol, though I obviously also get days when I just haven't got the steam (usually when I've been writing a great deal). If you've got the motivation but need ideas I've got a hub on getting ideas for hubs called "Web Content and What Topics to Write About" which may help. Other than that I also read newspapers and see if there's anything that really interests me, new products etc.

  2. Arthur Fontes profile image90
    Arthur Fontesposted 6 years ago

    science fiction, fantasy, polymer clay, paranormal stuff and conspiracies, and anything strange.

    Anything like this would be interesting.

    So would hubs on your art.

    From your profile there seems to be many subjects you could share with us.

  3. TheGlassSpider profile image81
    TheGlassSpiderposted 6 years ago

    Hmm...I find that I am often overly critical of my own ideas and writing. Put the "short, boring, lame" hubs someplace where you can't see them for a little while and come back to them later when you can have some distance from them and a more objective eye--there's probably something good there, but it may need more crafting.

    Erase their existence from your mind. For the moment.

    Okay. Now. Are you living enough? Part of writing is living--are you staying the present moment, paying attention to the world around you--the life around you--and giving yourself the chance to immerse yourself in it? Are you doing things you enjoy sometimes? Seeing friends, having good times with family?

    If you are--then are you giving yourself unpressured processing time? Relaxation? Time when it's just you, doing what you want (or doing nothing) thinking, meditating--just not worrying about stuff? Try that too...whatever works for you.

    Stimulate your mind. Relax your mind. Balance these things out.

    This next piece of advice is going to sound idiotic, but it works for me: Sit in front of your word document every day and type. Just type. It doesn't matter what you type--type "I can't think of anything to write" or "boomda booomda bop" over and over or "rose rose roserose arose is a rose is a rose he arose we arose I arouse...haha" until SOMETHING comes out, and it will. wink The act of meditative typing can often "knock" things out.

    Unless you get something going, I recommend doing this for about fifteen minutes per day (twenty tops)...If nothing comes, stop and don't worry about it (I've only had rare instances during which this has been the case). Just make it a part of your daily schedule. This has more than one effect--it helps you become disciplined about doing SOME writing every single day, no matter what; when your mind gets used to the idea, it becomes more productive and generative--this may not be a problem with you.

    Another reason to do this is to discourage being intimidated by the page/document/writing. I encourage you to be silly on the page, write lame stuff--figure out WHY it's lame. Learn from your mistakes. Give yourself permission NOT to be perfect. A writer is someone who writes. We learn by doing more. This exercise is also great for inspiration--I think the repetition helps one get in touch with the unconscious mind, or something. If you think something is really terrible, you can just delete it or make sure no one ever sees it. You are in control. smile

    Finally, and maybe most importantly, READ OTHER PEOPLE'S STUFF. When good stuff goes in, good stuff comes out. Search for an author you've never read before--or a new genre--or read something new by a favorite or someone you've been meaning to look into.

    I'm sorry I can't be more specific; I strongly believe that this part of it (the generation of ideas, living/meditating/writing, etc.) is different for each writer...but these are things I try to remember when I get blocked up.

    Best of luck! smile

  4. thisisoli profile image71
    thisisoliposted 6 years ago

    I currently have the same problem, I cam down with a cold and it killed any creative thoughts I was having.

    1. Jayne Lancer profile image91
      Jayne Lancerposted 6 years ago

      My God, Princess G, with as many interests as you have, you must be able to think of something to write!
      The best thing to do is just start writing about one of those things. When you've written everything you think you'd like to include in a Hub, think up a concept and turn it into an article. That's what I do, and it seems to work.
      I think few of us have a finished Hub in mind before we start writing.

    2. rebekahELLE profile image92
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

      looking at your profile, you have some great hub material. take something you're great at and write about it.

      or look at google trends to see what's being searched.

      some good ideas from morning news shows that talk about all kinds of things, not just front page news.

      I take walks daily and come up with ideas. and write them on a list when I get back. the ideas will come when you're not forcing yourself to come up with something.

      art dolls sounds like a great hub, you could write about the process and show pics.

    3. princess g profile image60
      princess gposted 6 years ago

      Everyone has been so helpful, and I want to say thanks:)

      I like Hubpages. You guys are cool.

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      ralwusposted 6 years ago

      There ya go. Cool paranormal hubbers. Write about that. big_smile

    5. princess g profile image60
      princess gposted 6 years ago

      I put my hubs I don't like into "unpublished" so I can spend time to make them better, and work on ones that are more interesting.

      I really do appreciate everyone taking time to give thier advice:)

    6. Nicole Winter profile image61
      Nicole Winterposted 6 years ago

      Good luck to you, princess g!  I think the glass spider gave some really good tips, especially taking the time to read... I think it was Steven King who said that if you don't have time to read then you don't have time to write.  With as much as he writes you'd be amazed to know that he reads so much more.  (Well, maybe not, it should take longer to write a book than to read one.)  Take a look at my profile, I've written something like 10 hubs this last week, most are short and were easy to write, (they're not terribly good, of course,) and (I was happy to hear that I'm not the only one who looks at Google Trends, btw,) it can go to show how just reading / answering other hubbers questions and google trends can give a plethora of ideas to write about.  Making them good, of course is another thing, but I always figure that will come later when I've taken some time to reflect on it.  I re-write my hubs pretty consistently... I'm not sure if this is a good or bad thing, but that's just the way I work.

      --- NAW

    7. CMHypno profile image89
      CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

      Keep a list!  I have a word document where I jot down any ideas that I get during the day from what I see, read or hear.  Do a bit of research and then develop those ideas.  A good Hub doesn't have to be too long or too involved - just well written and engaging.

    8. IzzyM profile image87
      IzzyMposted 6 years ago

      I write two types of hubs. One on a subject I know well - in fact my two latest were both subjects I knew off by heart so to speak, and didn't need to research at all.
      The other type is about things I have an interest in and do the research before I write it.
      In all honesty I think the hubs I've written about things I already know about are by far my best hubs - not necessarily the ones with the most traffic.
      My third type of hub isn't written yet. It's the type where it's about a subject I know nothing about and have no interest in, but makes money.
      Stop thinking about topics for a minute, and do a bit of daydreaming about your own past, and you will come up with subjects you'd forgotten you knew.

    9. skyfire profile image73
      skyfireposted 6 years ago

      Start posting in religious and political forums, if you find yourself posting too much on forums you'll be able to write other hub as well. This works for me, not sure about the others.