What is Your Favorite Topic to Write About?

What do you write about?

A good question to ask ourselves as writers is, “What is your favorite topic to write about?" Not only was I inspired to examine my work, but it piqued my curiosity about what other writers do about topic selection, primarily: are you a niche writer or a multi-subject writer?

Myself, I happen to write about whatever interests me at the moment, although I will also engage in prompts. For those newbie writers who aren't familiar with this writing strategy, a prompt is a subject that is thrown out to an individual, or a group, in hopes to trigger a spontaneous writing essay. One can write from any angle about the suggested issue, unless there are other restrictive criteria that the writer is directed to follow. At Hubpages these prompts often come in the guise of questions we ask of each other, weekly topics of interest, or contests.

Sometimes a prompt can show up as one word and there will be a limited amount of time to write a set number of words. Other times, prompts can be a question and you are asked to tell everything you know about the subject-in an organized manner of course. This is prevalent for students in high school and college.

With the question, “What is your favorite topic to write about?” it would seem unfair for me to generalize and say, “I love ALL topics.” That is a cop out that is made by people who have no opinion, and we all know that every writer here has a strong opinion about at least one thing: their own writing.


What is your favorite topic to write about?

Favorite topic:  Grandkids!
Favorite topic: Grandkids! | Source

My favorite topic is...

So, here is my response to her question: Memoir is a subject that I enjoy and flows easily for me. I love writing about my family, specifically my four grandkids and my two daughters. I cherish the memories I had with my late husband, John, and have shared hubs about grief, in regards to his death, as well as poetry about his absence. Additionally, I enjoy telling the tales of my childhood, growing up in a large family and who my parents were.

My writing is often a retelling of an event that has some humor or a lesson-usually what I learned from the situation. I love humor and try to sprinkle it in, whenever possible, to show that life does not have to be grueling and difficult, although it is frequently exactly that; but it is our perspective of the situation which can make or break us.

I also feel that the ability to laugh at ourselves in our most awkward, embarrassing moments is a valuable stress reliever. If we take ourselves too seriously not only do we create dis-ease in our bodies, but we become hardened, bitter people who can’t enjoy life. Both of my parents had a great sense of humor and liked a good, practical joke that did not cause any harm to the other person. They taught by example and were wonderful role models for laughter.


A Dozen Topic Sources:

Check the topics list

Offer info about your area of expertise

Write what you are curious about

Research an unfamiliar topic

Check the weekly topic-of-inspiration

Report on a current event

Write about a movie or celebrity

Report on a popular sport or player

Write an interview

Share a funny personal story

Share your favorite recipe

Write about your community


Many memories later

When I was first interested in writing I was so young I had not experienced enough of life to write about it. But, the adage, ‘write what you know’ is absolutely correct. As a sixth grader entering a school writing contest my piece about my youngest brother and the funny things he did won hands down.

Now, after five decades of living and learning to live better, I’ve seen, heard, tasted, touched, smelled, and emotionally felt, things that I can share with other people. Indirectly, it is my offering of teaching, which was my first love when growing up; my way to reach out to others who may benefit from something that I’ve said.


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

This is an interesting and very useful hub. I like to write about my areas of expertise and memoirs, because I feel I know more about these topics than others. Unfortunately, I am hesitant to write on topics which I don't know much about or feel I have little to contribute that is new.


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Dennis AuBuchon 4 years ago

I write on many issues of the day with a focus on integrity principles. Many news stories being reported today involve integrity principles or the lack thereof. My writing involves presenting two sides of an issue. Sometimes I give my opinion on an issue and I present it as such so anyone reading my article/hub understands it is an opinion.


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brandonakelly 4 years ago from Wilmington, NC

I find it easiest to write on topics that really interest me, these are the easiest to create fresh and unique content for. In my case I enjoy writing about anything dealing with Christian living.


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mactavers 4 years ago

Memoir writing allows one to give and gain prespective on an event. I enjoyed your Hub. I like writing about Arizona history and places to visit in Arizona. It's a way of helping those visiting to know great places, and a way to share these people and places with armchair travelers too.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

I tend to write more non-fiction types of stuff than memories/essays, although I will write those for myself in a journal.

I am probably more of a generalist (writing on various topics) than a niche writer but lean toward women/family topics, fitness and health, La Vista, the organic farm I'm a member of.


Jerry H 4 years ago

While not a writer, I admire the depth of your gift, and the sensitivity you convey in such an easy and personal way.


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Sonya L Morley 4 years ago from Edinburgh

I also enjoy writing about my family and my own experiences, they are what I know best after all. I enjoyed reading this hub.


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Jlbowden 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Hello Denise:

I tend to like to write on topics that interest me as you do. Even though my articles are mainly health related, I still find myself writing on other topics...science and short story pieces to name a few. However it is always good to get views from another fellow writer like yourself. And as always you have explained it well in this article which I found not only useful, but interesting as well. Thanks for sharing your experiences with writing here on hubpages.

Jim


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sofs 4 years ago

I do know that you love writing about your family especially your grand kids and spirituality. I have enjoyed reading those hubs and your poetry too! Have a lovely day.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

a good question and a very good Hub.. yep up and smart..yeah?


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, an interesting read.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A very good question, and like you I too like to write about my family and events that have taken place, memories that bring laughter. Afterall these are the things I know best.

With my poetry I can write on any topic, but even then a great deal of my poems arise from personal experience.

Great hub and food for thought.

Voting up, U,A & I


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Nice to meet you Paul. I agree, re: the hesitancy of writing about subjects unfamiliar. I do this: I write easily about subjects that are familiar and take a longer time researching those I am not. If I'm interested enough in the subject I will take the time to tease it apart and write at least something I've learned about it. (Saw your profile and the ESL has fascinated me for several years now-good for you).

Dennis-thankyou for commenting. Integrity is one of the characteristics I value the most. I'm intrigued by your profile.

Brandonakelly-so glad you stopped by to read this-now I've met another NC'er. I'll be sure to read your hubs.

Mactaver-you must do Arizona proud. Travel writing would have to be another favorite of mine...I LOVE to travel and have gotten around just a bit...haha.

Danette-I love your writing. We do write from a different genre's but you have taught me so much. I'm grateful fo you and frou your encouragement and inspiration.

Jerry-thank you-truly. That was so sweet for you to say. I appreciate it. I was just thinking of you on the road the other day. While listening to some Christian guitar music you came to my mind. Nice to see you here.

Thanks Sonya-for sharing your experiences of what you like best to write about. :)

Hi Jim-always good to see you and I do truly enjoy your work, although I don't get to it as often as I would like to. Thanks for stopping in.

Hi Sofie-thanks for taking a peek at the hub and commenting. I know you know my family and spirituality is important to me...soul sister. You've been writing up a storm of great hubs this month.

Hi Frank-thanks for taking time to read and comment. I'm neglectful reading your latest work as well...I appreciate your visit.

Hello Vellur-thanks for reading and commenting. (Such a beautiful avatar-sunny and bright!)

Hello Rosemary-Thanks for sharing your views here, and for the votes. There just is a wealth of good things to write about isn't there? Take care. :)


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

I am glad to see once again the hub of one of my favorite authors here in Hubpages...very enlightening hub Denise...


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

raciniwa-your kindness touched my heart and brought a smile to my lips. Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your week. :)


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

So very very interesting and leaves much food for thought.

Take care and enjoy your day Denise.

Eddy.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Eddy-I'm glad to see you. I know you've been busy!

Thanks for reading and I'm heading into my four day work weekend so I will be busy with that. Beautiful picture of your daughter here. :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

Yes, I think that writing comes easiest when we are comfortable with a particular topic. I enjoy reading your writing! :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Aww, thanks cardelean--and back to you! :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

If I'm being honest, then my favorite topic to write about is anything that makes money ;) Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Alocsin-better to be honost about our intentions than not and there isn't anything to apologize for regarding your response. I have inched my way over to that camp myself, slowly but surely. Why not? :)


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megni 4 years ago

How interesting. When I first came to hubpages about seven months ago it was a place to post an article that I had written for Helium under my real name Effie Moore Salem. Then after that i stopped posting rejected articles and decided if they weren't good enough for Helium they weren't good enough for Hubpages.

I began writing what interested me at that moment. Then a few weeks ago finding out what a grand bunch of mental Health articles had been written by hubbers, decided to make that type of writing my focal point. So far I've written two.

As for money I make pennies and it'll be years before I make fifty dollars, so I've decided my best reason for writing for Hyubpages is the great writers one meets. Writers are the best sort of folks.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi megni-thank you for sharing your experience. May I add that I couldn't agree with you more. Every writer's door that I have entered has been a haven of support. I wrote a hub called, "A Circle of Women" which explained how I came to HP. I hope you take a peak at it.

I think it was very wise of your to steep up to a 'new beginning' here and follow fresh interests. Good for you. As for making $50--well, that will come sooner than you think, once you learn the tricks of the trade here. They are all lessons free for the taking if you look into the Learning Center, and practice how to improve traffic flow through keywords, etc. Much happiness in writing to you. Thanks for commenting.


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Denise - A funny thing happened to me in 6th grade...I entered and won a writing contest on the town of Asbury Park (where I grew up). I never envisioned a place to write online but I do enjoy writing on foods and travel places. I work in technology and really try to stay away from it in writing...great job answering the question...cheers


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi mts--I'm glad you found a niche with your writing and joined HP. Funny thing in regards to writing about 'food and travel', two of my favorite subjects; I'm currently vacationing with my youngest daughter and her family in FL and I was taking photos of her dinner as she prepared it. She said, "mom, maybe you should get a second career as a food photographer" I just laughed and explained I would be writing a hub about her recipe soon. Thanks for dropping by.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Denise, I enjoyed this hub. I tend to write about TV, movies but I do occasionally venture into other areas which interest me. I quite like the Answers section to give me inspiration. I actually read all kinds of things (books and online) so writing about lots of different things appeals to me. I am due to write hub 100 and can't think of what to write about - I think it being number 100 makes it a milestone of sorts and I want it to be a good one :o)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Jools-you are experiencing what most of us reaching that milestone experiences. You want it to be special and stand out in some significant way. Understandable. How exciting and what an opportunity. which road to take...which subject to present???

Lots of good things to ponder before embarking on that ship marked '100'. Congratulations to you in advance!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

Denise, I also like to write about my family. I published most of my family memoirs on Squidoo before I knew about HubPages. I was surprised to notice I wasn't following you yet, but I am now.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks WBW-I appreciate it. That's how I felt after reading one of your hubs lately and was surprised...thought I had hit the follow button ions ago. :) I love your work on travel in CA. I miss living in CA very much. Thanks for the follow.


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cheetah786 4 years ago

very nice hub.. reading hub on such topic first time..


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi cheetah-glad you had a chance to stop by...there's never a shortage of topics to write about. And, if you EVER get to that point (writer's block) just call on me, I'll get you moving forward again. :) Thanks for your comment.


Carkpayok 3 years ago

Howdy boys and girls.

Pleasant site. Possess a great day time!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, carkpayok. I hope you have a pleasant weekend.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

This was beautiful Denise. When I began writing here I thought about what I wanted to write about and I was instantly drawn towards my favorite subject. I have tried to do what I can with it and also improve the Hubs but I know that it is not the best subject to draw in money. Even though other Hubbers tell me to keep on writing them, I have tried experimenting with different subjects. I gave this a thumbs up and put it on Pinterest.

Kevin


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

Great hub! I feel like sometimes I certainly about what to write. The reality is that ideas are all around me! I enjoy writing about things I have experienced, but I do hope to start writing more about research that interests me. I have taken a strong liking to psychology and mental disorder statistics, do maybe I can do something with that!


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kevin, I'm glad you found the information helpful. Good to see you.

Hi Torrs 13- thanks for stopping by. I support you in writing about psychology and mental disorders if that is what is interesting you at this time. Go for it!

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