How To Find Topics For High Quality Writing

What In the World Shall I Write?

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An Important Question

How do you find so many topics to write about? I want to write a lot of hubs, but it takes me so long to find a topic that I can write a lengthy article about. How do you find your inspiration? -- by awesomeactress on HubPages.

Thanks for asking this question, because occasionally, one or another Hubber wants to know how to decide on a specific article to write or how to pick a topic. At these times, writers may feel that they have the proverbial writer's block. In addition, a first goal of writing a large number of Hubs may be ill advised. It leads some writers to hire article composers to write for them - or thy purchase ready-written articles that sometimes result in disappointment. Purchasing canned articles can also lead to warnings of "Duplicate Content", since some of these sites re-sell the same articles several times.

The best advice for amassing quantities of Hubs is given often by many writers on HubPages - Try to write one high quality Hub per day.

First Steps In Choosing Topics

  • I write all of my own Hubs from a wide personal and professional experience, fact checking and doing research when required via major universities and think tanks around the world. To have experience and to know where to look quickly for solid answers to "loose strings" is the first effective step in increasing the number of higher quality Hubs one can write. Fortunately, I can also type 90 words per minute.
  • In addition to current experience, I gain new experience every day and vow never to stop. I read 200 - 250 pages per day in books, articles, professional peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and local and global news. PBS public TV and radio are another set of good resources.
  • Every week, I participate in as many of the HubPages projects offered on this site. This includes Weekly Inspiration, HubPages Contests, other Challenges, HubTrail, and HubPages Questions - like the one that resulted in this Hub. I wrote about this more in-depth at How Increase Earnings and Traffic with HubPages Participation.
  • ESPECIALLY try the Rising Star Nominees and Promising Topics entry in the HubPages Forums each week. This is the title of a weekly post in the blue-colored stickies at the top of the first Forums page.

CHOOSE A NICHE TOPIC YOU LOVE FOR WRITING GEMS!
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CHOOSE A NICHE

When I joined HubPages, I chose a primary niche of Business and Employment from my years in workforce development that included writing the curricula/lessons and training 1,000s of people in Work Readiness, Professional Advancement, Workplace Simulations, Receptionist Training, Medical Coding, Focus Groups, and related materials. I write resumes and professional portfolios and train job seekers in these skills as well.

Over the course of about 15 years, I was able to interact with workforce professional across the United States. Under the current federal and state programs for training and job placement, I maintain a list of referral resources that are effective. Reviewing US cities for their current and projected job requirements as well as interesting attractions is quite a lot of fun. All of these activities led to work and business Hubs on different, though related topics.

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EXPAND YOUR TERRITORY

In addition to Hubs about work and business topics, I choose to answer Hub Questions and Hub Challenges on the following topics:

  1. Medicine and Health - Experience includes a Masters of Science in Preventive Medicine (epidemiology, infection control, health psychology, space medicine), a Degree in Psychology, Russian; and minors in Mathematics/Statistics, Asian Cultures, and Social Sciences (anthropology, criminology, sociology). This includes research regarding Indigenous Peoples for several decades now.
  2. History- I can write about several eras/locations of history in North America and abroad, and have accessed records of relatives back to the early 1600s in Virginia and much further back among Native Americans throughout the Northeast and Midwest US. I also enjoy writing about history that has been left out of the classroom and mainstream media. One such topic is that there were no Pilgrims, but plenty of bloodshed at the "first thanksgiving", which was not the first. The first two European events were in Texas and Florida in the 1500s. Another favorite topic is that of "totem" poles around the world for several hundred years and the biographies of their master carvers. It was scattered all over North America and Asia when I found it and combined it into three Hubs. These topics are the type that ignite a writer's interest.
  3. Food and Cooking- Again, I have recipes that are 100s of years old, but am always experimenting and enjoy "culinary anthropology."
  4. Travel - I answer questions on travel, as this meshes with my city reviews.
  5. Politics and related Philosophy - Again, I answer questions in which I have experience.

Aside from the above, I read through several pages of HubPages Questions every day and look for interesting questions that I might answer. Overall, I stick with topics in which I have experience and solid contacts for fact checking. That keeps me pretty busy with the HubPages portion of my writing, In addition, I also have done critical reviews of books and films for several years; occasionally I can share something in a Hub in these matters as well - especially if it ties in with health, history, politics, or something else that interests readers long term.

I have experience in martial arts (Grandmaster), teaching, and restaurant management, and occasionally these topics pop up in questions and challenges on HubPages. Begin with your own resume and look at it for potential topics and you may find several.

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  • HubPages holds writing contests about every two months, so watch for those two. They will be announced in the Forums.

ADDITIONAL WRITING SOURCE IDEAS

For additional ideas, I use Facebook, Twitter, email, and other networking sites to follow agencies and individuals connected with my experiences. This includes the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, National Geographic, IBM, the Smithsonian Institution, PBS, the US Department of Labor, major job search engines, several universities, several major cities, and a number of others.

My advice is to begin with your own largest areas of personal and professional experience and expand them to connect with related topics; then your pool of potential topics will grow in the near future.

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Hi, Patty.

My favourite hubs of yours are on Totem Poles, probably becaus emy mother is an artist and totem poles are beautiful works of art.

When I started on Hubpages-my first experience with online publishing-the site suggests writing about what you know well, because you are already learning a new site. I knew that I know mystery authors and fictional detectives best-I love reading them and own all the books I read in the genre. This topic along with classic films are what I consider my niches.

In looking to be a freelance writer, I was told by many people and websites that a good choice to get a steady income is to ghostwrite for other people. I could never do this. I would rather be the proverbial starving artist and never get anything published than write for someone else's credit. That's a mentality no doubt coming from my artistic family-none of whom have ever made a lot of money as artists.

I've bookmarked this hub.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Thank you Flora - I respect artists very much. I also feel the same way about ghostwriting anything more than a product ad.


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting to see this description of your experience and areas of knowledge. You've really expanded well on it. Do you write online full-time?


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Quite a bit, along with resume/portfolio preparation, film/book reviews and sports consulting.


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KwameG 5 years ago from MS

Really great information and insight, really enjoy following you. Thanks.


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annaw 5 years ago from North Texas

I always have difficulty finding suitable and interesting topics, due (I now know for certain)to where I have been most of my life - under a rock and tucked away in a too small box. I have lived an uninteresting life for the most part. It has only been since I returned to college that I have begun to expand my horizons and grow. I also have difficuly getting the proper flow. I get bogged down with a college research paper all too often.Thank you for sharing this with us there is hope for me yet as I begin to expand my horizons. I voted this Hub up,and useful


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almasi 5 years ago

Wow,

I have always admired your work and the professionalism that exudes from your hubs.

Looking forward to reading and learning more from you.


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Earth Angel 5 years ago

Good Morning Dearest Patty,

I once again bow down to the Grand Master of Inspiring Informational Hubs! Thank you so much for sharing your methods!

Blessings always to you! EarthAngel!


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mega1 5 years ago

You are the best pro on HP I know - thanks for sharing your knowledge with us! I really admire your dedication and fortitude and hard work.


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Your commitment to professionalism shows... Flag up and awesome.


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Fuller-Life 5 years ago from Washington, DC

Thanks Patty. I also find topics by following what touches me and perks my curiosity. I like thought provoking and motivational themes. I have a rich background in non-profit that I think I should write about. Thanks for sharing your rich CV.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Hi Patty, I too get the writers block and it is during these times when natural inspiration leaves that I take the oppotunity to do some research in an area that also is of interest to me. I stick with topics I am familiar with like topics about my own culture, music and people. What I did when I was not sure how to approach the HP article writing thing, I made a list of all my interests and hobbies, all the things I've done and things I want to learn and from there I choose my topics to write about. I know I am kinda all over the place but I do write about what I know.


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Well stated patty inglish MS, your insights serve to inspire.


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Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

Wow, it really helps that you have so much knowledge and experience to cover such a wide variety of topics. I mostly have inanity as my expertise. Voted up, useful and awesome.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great advice! People should always start with what they know, both personally and professionally, and build from there. Lately the more hubs I write related to my hobbies, the more topics I think of.


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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Thanks, Patty, for your tips. With all the experience you've had - one could wonder if you are not hundreds of years old! I just assume you are a member of Mensa. ; D


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

No Mensa! In my state, the only activity they advertise is nude beach sitting! Just not my favorite thing :)


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nightbear 5 years ago from Michiagn, USA

Excellent suggestions and I agree it really helps to have a wide variety of interests and a lot of exposure, even if it is just through reading. But you have an amazing history and share such wonderful thoughts with us. Thanks Patty.


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

You could probably get a lot of traffic with a hub about nude beach sitting, but then -- I guess you are doing OK.

I always enjoy your hubs, and i appreciate that with all of your busy-ness, you do comment and respond.

I am not looking for a job right now, so I don't read your hubs about employment opportunities in different areas, but I am sure they are helpful to targeted audiences.

Do you ever have a day, or two, when you don't write at all? I think it must take all of your waking hours.


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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

I am always amazed at how others like yourself can come up with so many topics to write about. Thanks for the ideas you have shared in the hub.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Gosh, I just write something. . .and "magically" think of more and more to write about from writing in the first place.

I also take long bike rides. . . .which always fire my brain into a dozen things that I could write about.

Gosh, "culinary anthropology" THAT SOUNDS INTERESTING!!!


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

It is interesting, Wes, and I learned alot about the politics connected with some foods - like bananas during the cold war (I wrote about it heere somewhere).

I like to sit for 30-60 minutes in a darkened room or under a tree outside at night and think. I come up with a lot of connections among topics that way. Writing poetry also helps one recognizing connections. I also read several things before I go to sleep at night and in the morning, I often have 1000 words to write down immediately.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

Patty- I never thought of writing about history, but after you've mentioned it, maybe I should I do feel confident I'll have some decent information.


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vox vocis 5 years ago

I read a lot, too and this helps to make an endless list of topics to write about. Unfortunately, research in terms of SEO demotivates me quite often because it seems that most topics I'm interested in have too much competition or they're simply not the kind of topics which can be turned into articles that pay off (because of the keywords of no value at all). I think I'll start writing more about what I'm interested in and forget SEO for a while (the part which is based on keywords anyway) and see what happens :) Great article, I think a lot of people will find it useful!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your superb advice.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on winning The Best All Around Hubber award.

I'm always amazed with the quality and quantity of hubs that you produce and that you also make time to be supportive of fellow hubbers and write hubs such as this one, that help other hubbers improve their writing skills.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

You're kidding! I had not even noticed and should open my eyes. Thanks very much, Happyboomernurse; this has made me smile! Great Saturday to you!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Yes, congratulations, Patty. You have a large number of subjects, al lof them highly researched, and a large following. You are the first person I followed when I joined Hubpages.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Thanks, Flora; it's very very nice of you to say! I think you are picking up fans and momentum here yourself and I enjoy seeing that. Cheers!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Very true, Patty. I think we all have a wealth of personal and professional experience to draw from. I've noticed that the more I'm involved with HubPages--which hasn't been long--the more ideas I come up with.I've started jotting them down when they come to me. Great hub. Voted up and useful!


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

Congratulations on your postive expereinces on Hubpages, Victoria Lynn. And thanks for commenting!


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toptrends 5 years ago from London

Thanks for sharing. Great information.


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maxravi 5 years ago from India

I like your ideas.you can also use google trends to look out for hot topics.


thir3dpart 5 years ago

I find 'listening' a good source for information-giving, that is, on line at supermarkets, banks, parks, and other public places where people discuss everyday matters. These folks are also looking for solutions that I may be able to offer.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America Author

That's an excellent idea!

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