What is The Best Thing To Write About?

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Picking Writing Subjects

Everyday writers face that brick wall when they get stuck and have no idea what they should write about next. Especially new writers like myself. More than once I have already asked myself: What Is The Best Thing To Write About? Often the idea well has temporarily ran dry and I am looking for some much needed inspiration.

You should think about what subjects you are the most knowledgeable about. When looking for writing ideas, writing subjects and the best writing subjects then consider:

  • Your Profession. What do you do for a living to keep food on the table? If you wasn't good at your job you wouldn't last long with most companies, especially in the current economy. Consider your skill set and which aspects of it others would want to learn from so they could become more successful.
  • What are your hobbies? Everything from creating art to how to take good pictures in a zoo would be useful to someone.
  • What would you like to learn more about? If you choose a subject your already interested in learning you will be more motivated while researching it. You will be learning something you wanted to anyway. Your enthusiasm for the subject matter will show in your final product.
  • What books, CD's, movies, appliances, gadgets, computers, laptops, netbooks, cars, motorcycles or even clothes do you own that you could write a product review about? While not necessary, it sure does help to actually own the product you are reviewing. No amount of research can replace first hand knowledge about a product.
  • Are you into sports? If so you could write about your favorite team, its players, coach or even management. Sports equipment is another possibility.
  • Do you travel often? You could write tips and tricks on how to Take a vacation to Europe on a budget. Replace Europe with any destination. You could review the Hotel you stayed in, the car rental company you used. Best Attractions to see and what to avoid. Trust me many users would find this sort of information very valuable as first time visitors.
  • There is a tool I recently learned about that is targeted at webmasters, but it could easily be used to come up with new topic ideas. Pick two or three keywords that you know something about, lets says "Sports Equipment" for example. Then go type it into the Keyword Question Tool. Results returned include: "how to draw sports equipment?", "why should kids have better sports equipment?" among others. These are questions people are actually asking in search engines. Find some keywords that have many related questions that are asked often and you have hit upon a winning topic! Copy the question exactly into your title and URL and then answer the question in a highly relevant manner and you will most likely end up ranking highly for it without needing little or any SEO work. Of course I do still recommend you still backlink your hub to be be assured of ranking well in the search engines.
  • Search for a forum related to a topic you intend to write about and look around for a while to see which types of questions users are asking there. Take special note of questions you see being asked often. You have easily found more winning topics to write about.
  • Search the news sections of major web sites like Google for your keywords and look at related topics that are in the news. This isn't the best of ideas though because often these will not be evergreen topics. But if you pick a topic that comes up often or is of an on going concern to many then this would be a good topic to write about.
  • Ask family and friends what topics are they always trying to find more information about, but find it difficult to find good answers for.

Keyword Research

Now that you have a topic to write about I highly suggest your next step would be to do keyword research to make sure your using the best Good Keywords to rank well in the search engines and make the most money from your advertising space.

If you already know which keywords you wish to use then you still really should read my other hub about Effective Keyword Usage. While this hub is targeted at HubPages.com users much of the information given there applies to any web page or blog too. I'm sure you will find it useful.

If you found this hub helpful please consider clicking on the green oval button below to rank this hub up and bookmark it for future reference. I appreciate any links as well since I depend on traffic for my success.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have or make suggestions in the comments section below.

Thank You waynet for asking the question that inspired me to write this hub! You rock dude.

By Anthony Goodley ©Anthony Goodley 2010 All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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yenajeon 6 years ago from California

This is really awesome! When I do write about a certain topic I definitely end up learning a lot more. =)

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks yenajeon. Shhh don't tell anyone but I was so coming up with ideas as I wrote this because I wanted so badly to write this hub. That is because the 'question' this hub 'answered' was top 3 on Google out of 123,000,000 web sites for "What Is The Best Thing To Write". I figured I could also hit the top with the answer, this hub, if I did it right, and I did! #2, #3 and #4 :)

How many people search for this is yet to be determined as I did no keyword research, I just wrote it in a huge hurry. I been wanting to write a hub that answers a search engine question to see how well it does, time to find out.

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ZarkoZivkovic 6 years ago from Serbia

Thanks for the "Keyword Question Tool", great stuff :)

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parrster 6 years ago from Oz

For myself, the stories I write are the culmination of what I believe or disbelieve, what I love or fear, and then how what is happening in the world challenges those beliefs, disbeliefs, loves and fears.

For example, my novel Terror's Child takes a look at how a person can have faith in God (belief) when everything of value in their life is suffering (grounds for disbelief), central to the story is a wife and daughter (love) and the death of loved ones (fear). The story is encapsulated within a Terrorist scenario (impact of world events).

Also, whatever draws you emotionally, I think, is foundational for good writing; especially a novel.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@ZarkoZivkovic Yes the Keyword Question tool is very useful.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@parrster Thanks for your comments. Your novel sounds interesting.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Great info here MyWebs..I suffer from extremes...either it's extreme writers block that lasts way to long for my liking or extreme wordiness...And then I can't stop writing and begin too many subjects at once that readers might not be interested in!!!!

But you gave some great pointers here that will hopefully curb this issue of mine...LOL!!!!!

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@Ann I'm the same way. Once I get to writing its hard to stop. Many of my hubs are over 2,000 words!

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robbyism 6 years ago

Very interesting way to approach a writing subject. Hope you find success as a writer, good luck!

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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Great tips for getting ideas - and getting started with the idea - much appreciated!

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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Very Good work, inspiration doesn't always come to writers and a hub like this one can surely help all of us to just look around more and find something truly worth writing about. Keep up the good work, MYWebs.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks robbyism. I'm trying really hard, time will tell.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@gramarye These techniques have helped me before when I was stuck.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@Internetwriter62 Inspiration can be tough to find sometimes, at least for me. I'll even go read the news and other web sites looking for ideas when I'm really stuck.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

I love teh keyword question tool idea, that is soo awesome, and this is a great hub. Good job writing it.

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Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

MyWebs, I am impressed. As a self proclaim new writer, you certainly have a good grasp on ways to generate ideas. I will add my thanks for the keyword tool.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Rebecca E. I am glad that you and the others find the "Keyword Question Tool". It is very useful I believe. Thanks

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks Duchess OBlunt. It really means a lot to me when I receive such great comments from such well respected hubpages authors like yourself, Rebecca E. and Dohn121 among others I'm surely forgetting. Please forgive me.

If it wasn't for the encouragement I have received from others I don't really know if I would even still be active here anymore. To me writing was a similar fear as to what public speaking is for others. Thanks everyone. :)

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poetlorraine 6 years ago

i so enjoyed this. i am soooo busy at the moment, that my writing is taking a nose dive, i have bookmarked this, as it is full of good advice.....

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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Hey Tony...

Excellent hub! Quite detailed and informative! You did a great job here, my friend! thank you for sharing it!

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and infinite blessings,


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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks for the bookmark poetlorraine. I believe that bookmarked is my new favorite word. Every time I see it in my comments all I can do is smile.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

I appreciate your kind comments Al. I was afraid in my mad rush to write and publish this hub that it wasn't so good. It is rather short compared to my other hubs. As long as others are happy I guess I should be too. :)

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Interesting idea and obviously successful for you. Will bookmark this hub and come back to it. Thanks!

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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Thanks for writing this, mw webs. I especially like the online tools to write. I actually have more of an issue with finding the time to write all of the hubs I've been meaning to write. Oh what to do when Revenge is complete? Time will tell! Thanks!

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

I have been hoping you would find a way to keep writing Revenge forever. But I know this isn't realistic. I have many hubs stuck in the planning stage too. One of these days they will see the light of day.

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Jayne Lancer 6 years ago from West London, UK

I'm still learning, and find this Hub very useful. As soon as I've finished this comment, I'm going to have a look at the Keyword Question Tool.

Really great advice here. Thank you for sharing, MyWebs!

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thank Jayne. I am also still learning. I didn't even write online, or otherwise, until I came to hubpages.

I do like the keyword question tool a lot. Very useful in my opinion, I hope you like it too.

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theblackedition 6 years ago from Jamaica

Love this hub. This is like an antidote to Writer's Block, and is a page in my Hubber's Bible. Thanks MyWebbs.

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Yes that's a great way to phrase it: A Writers Block Antidote. I really appreciate your comment, Thank You.

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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

you definitely have some bright ideas. I'll come back here the next time I have writer's block!

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MyWebs 6 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Thanks Lisa. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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pavionjsl 6 years ago

It is always good to review the basics. And to learn anything that helps further your ability to get your message read and received better.

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gwennies pen 6 years ago

Often when one gets writers block, if you just listen or watch what might be going on around you, it helps with the idea angle. I write because I like to, and not for finding keywords to trigger payment on my hubs. I will bookmark your hub though for future reference. :) Good hub with sound advice.

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Arlecchino 6 years ago from Top of the Cloud

You have great ideas and I appreciate you for sharing! Voting up!

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Shahid Bukhari 6 years ago from My Awareness in Being.

Writing is a humane thing to do ... its in sharing ones true sentiment, by way of the word ... so writing, is all about sharing, and you can only share, what you have. So write about what you know.

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Virtual Treasures 6 years ago from Michigan

Great information! Rated up!

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moneycop 5 years ago from JABALPUR

wow..good approach..

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Sakaki 4 years ago from Philippines

Hi MyWebs!! :) One useful hub!! I tried the Keyword Question Tool , it's amazing! :D

I will definitely use your tips, :)


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MyWebs 4 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

Hi Sakaki :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm glad you like the Keyword Question Tool, it is very useful to come up with hub ideas.

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itouchtheworld 4 years ago

Really awesome

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macteacher 4 years ago from New York

I like the keyword tracker tool. I just wish there were some free ways to come up with ideas. Wordtracker is a great site - but everyone wants $$ for a membership. I guess I have commitment issues - I don't want to pay a monthly fee.

I'm just starting out writing hubs and I'm on a budget. I don't want to spend money until I start making some. This is a great hub, very informative, and it ranked really high in the search results, so congratulations!

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MyWebs 4 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@itouchtheworld I'm glad you liked it

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MyWebs 4 years ago from Sheridan, WY Author

@macteacher I'd suggest checking out Market Samurai. While it's a bit pricey it is a one time fee and does about everything you would want SEO wise.

I'm glad this is useful to you and others. I still really get excited ranking highly on Google. Especially nowadays as it seems to be getting harder and harder to do from HubPages in my opinion.

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