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Help! What should I write about?

Updated on March 8, 2011

What should I write about?

I get letters from people all the time asking me “What should I write about”?  So rather than answer each one individually I thought I might make a Hub about it.  My Best answer?  Write what you know!

First and foremost, you must have a love of writing if you want to get into the world of writers.  You’ve heard the term ‘Starving Artist’ a time or two, I’m sure.  Writing is a form of Art.  You will need to be able to put the words together to make the reader want to read more.  If you cannot do this you will soon become the starving artist.

Just like a painter paints a picture, you have to be able to paint a picture in the mind of the reader.  

Are your colors clashing or do they blend nicely from one to the next?   Meaning, is your reader able to comprehend and understand what it is that you are trying to say.  Is your design haphazard or do you have some sort of form?  Do your paragraphs go smoothly from one to the next?  Granted, Picasso was one a in a million artist who could take odd colors and strange ideas to make them work.  

A musician moves you with the cords and words of their Music, the writer needs to do this as well with words.

Think of writing as composing music, you lay the ground work with an idea.  As you build your work, you need to hit a crescendo so the reader has been able to garner some sort of idea as to what it is you are trying to say.  During the process there are questions that need to be answered.  Are you trying to make the reader cry, laugh, or giving them information?

A carpenter who builds with wood makes sure that his pieces are cut properly and measured.  

You wouldn’t see a dresser made from a Master Carpenter slapped together and called finished.  He designs it, lovingly puts it together, sands it then he might stain it.  He then opens and closes the drawers to make sure they move smoothly, the way they are intended to.  With your words, you want to make sure they are ‘polished’ and ready for the world to see. 

Write what you know

As it is with writing, you write what you know.  You look it over, making sure that each word is properly placed for the maximum effect.  You need to make sure your work is pleasing to the eye.  

Be Comfortable

I have no idea who you are or where you are from.  Your world is different from mine, you see things differently than I do.  When it comes to writing, only you can decide what is correct for you.  What makes me comfortable to write about, may make you uncomfortable.  Making yourself comfortable with what you write can only enhance your work.

The words should feel smooth coming from your fingers rather than stilted.  Readers can tell the difference.  They can tell if you are talking to them or just making an empty speech.

Be Original

Do your best to write something original.  The Internet is filled with the same things only switching the words around to make it appear different.  Taking an idea and expounding on it is great.  Learn about your subject, this way you can get a feel for it.  Form an opinion on it, whether it be good or bad.  If you do this and are able to express it in words, by the end of your Hub your readers may do the same.

Get help proof reading if possible

If at all possible get someone to proof read your work.  They may notice something that has slipped by you, a phrase or wording that needs to be re-worked in order to be understood better.  Misspelled words are common, and may not be noticed by you in your excitement to publish your work.

Again - Write what you know

Write what you know.  Start at the beginning, go to the middle and have a good ending.  There is no right or wrong idea to write about.  

The question remains; “What do I write about?

If I have to tell you what to write, then who is doing the writing?  

Best of Luck to you in your endeavors!!  You can do it!  I know you can!


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    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      You silver tongued devil you!! Are you trying to swell my head? It's working!! My words touch the mind, yours touch the soul... How can one compare to that? I will accept your very kind praise, if you too will accept mine.

      We are but 2 ships in this vast Sea of writers, the wind blows us in different directions and on occasion we shall pass one another, with a wave and a bow we give our greetings... To you my friend I bow to your prow.

      Thank you so kindly for stopping by!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well that really made my night hearing from you my esteemed and noble colleague - and your presence at my hub has humbled me because I admire you too - and you have 9 million followers - lol - so they must all have exceptional good taste - and yes I love this hub subject - it's essential for any writer so I would call it an essential and definitive hub worthy of induction into any virtual library in the cyber world ........

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks!! I am doing fairly well. How have things been with you? Maybe this summer we can have our road side dance!! My daughter has a week off and I might get to travel with my husband for a short time.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Great job on a hard to answer topic. Hope your well my friend.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you! what a nice compliment!! I'm so glad that you find my words enjoyable!

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      Daisy Fabelo 6 years ago from miami beach

      thanks for the advice!!!!!

      great hub!!!!

      I love reading your hubs I always learn something new

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ Dave - Now don't get mad at me but... Pseudonyms... unless you're planning on running for a position that would be compromised by these books.... Well... Anyway, by today's standards they'd probably be soft porn!!

      @ thougtforce - It's amazing isn't it? I do have quite a few Hubs that were started but never completed. Maybe someday when the thoughts come back. I do my best to say what I know, if I don't know it then I feel uncomfortable saying it.

      I really appreciate your words!

      @ Sharon - You are AWESOME!! If it weren't for you, I don't know that I would have continued writing, you have given me the BEST encouragement!!

      Thanks for stopping by (you again Dave!)

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      Sharon 6 years ago

      GREAT advice! You make it sound soooo easy! LOL I know you put a lot of time & energy as well as knowledge into your Hub's. Thanks...I'll stick to reading ALL your work instead! =)

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Very good advice! And I feel that once I have started to write hubs the topics just popping up by themselves! Not all ideas are good but some of them can be the start to a hub! Your writing is always honest and I feel that you know what you write about:) Thanks!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      susieg: I am only published as a Hub writer and those two novels from way back when are/were porn novels, I wouldn't dare try and get them published now as a Christian Writer for God.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      @ Dave - I have tired my hand at writing fiction, but I get stuck when things begin happening that logically shouldn't... Maybe I'm too practical?

      Now that you ARE published, you can prove it, you could get your 2 novels published...

      There is nothing wrong with writing for God, we all need a little help now and then.

      @ lorlie6 - LOL, Give it a try! It really is hard! I give kudos to those who can write it. I love reading fiction, I think because I can't write it and I like to get out of my own mind every now and then.

      You do an awesome job with what you write!

      Thank you both for stopping by and commenting!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I've always wanted to take a stab at fiction so that I could write what I didn't know. Curious about that process-writing from sheer imagination.

      I'm not very sure about it, so for now, I'll stick with what I do know!

      Thanks, SS!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Sweetsusieg: Writing about what one knows is easy. I have also given fiction a shot 20 years ago,and completed two novels, but could never find a publisher as they were "Adult" novels if you get my drift.

      As I read articles from others here on Hub pages, I often find inspiration for articles now.

      Now I write for God and find great satisfaction in trying to guide others back to God in my own little way.

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank You Genna!! I don't feel comfortable writing what I am guessing about. Maybe that is why I'm not a fiction writer!!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent hub, susie. "As it is with writing, you write what you know." No truer words spoken!

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      I've been trying to come up with a Hub when I get these letters... I was finally able to put it into words.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Oh, haven't we all been there?! Thoughtful hub.

      Rated useful

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      Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan

      Doin' my best!! Same goes for you!!

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Sublime Hub. This is a cool way to answer an oft asked question. Write on, sister. Write on.