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How To Get Ideas For Online Writing

Updated on March 26, 2014
How to find topic ideas for online writing.
How to find topic ideas for online writing. | Source

This is not an article about SEO tactics, how to write a viral post or how to get the most views. In the game of writing for the internet, all those are valid points to consider and there are many great articles about this.

This is not an article about having a good command of the English language and strong grammar and sentence structure skills. But these are also extremely important to create writing that people want to read and respond to.

In the online writing game, topics come and go. What is interesting one year is barely searched for the next. Sometimes a great article about an unsaturated topic never gets off the ground and never gets indexed. Sometimes a post on a saturated topic finds its way into the search engines, ranks and does well.

In short, there's a lot of skill and a lot of luck involved in the world of online writing.

Part of the formula to be successful is just to write.

  • Find topics that interest you.
  • Find ones where your unique perspective and ideas are not out there.
  • Approach a well-covered topic in a unique way.

You may make money writing online. You may not. But if the ideas and inspiration are not there, you are not likely to be successful.

Here are some ways to gather ideas for writing posts, blogs and articles in the online world.

Think You Have What It Takes To Write Online?

Writing online can be personally fulfilling and rewarding as well as profitable. It takes patience, time and a willingness to adjust and correct along the way.

One of the best platforms for quality writers is Hubpages. Signing up is easy and free.

Write What You Know

I really can't emphasize this one enough. If you are writing articles about the beach and you not only have never been to the beach but you live in the middle of the desert, your readers will know.

As Holden Caulfield points out, no one likes a phony, and most of your audience will be turned off within the first few lines of your writing.

So when you start writing, make a list of what you know and what you like to do.

  • Is there something that your friends or family ask you for advice about?
  • Do you have a hobby that you could teach others about?
  • Is there a subject you are particularly good at?
  • When you get to choose how to spend your time, what do you do?

The answers to these questions can start to lead you down the road to the topics that you should write about. Everything from crochet to gaming to hiking has a niche and has an audience.

Not only will the writing be easier for you, your readers will also be able to gather information and will understand that on this subject, you have a perspective; you have ideas. Your voice will be authentic and true.

Though I might know some about the piano, I don't really like it so I don't write about it.
Though I might know some about the piano, I don't really like it so I don't write about it. | Source

Write About What Is Interesting To You

This goes hand-in-hand with writing about what you know. If you are not interested in the topic, don't find the facts and details interesting, then neither will your audience.

There are things that you do and know but you don't like them. If you don't like them, don't write about them.

I was made to take piano lessons for almost a decade when I was a child. I hated every second of it. Though I know a lot about piano and music theory, it's not really fun or interesting to me. So I don't write about it.

If You Have A Question, So Will Others

Many of us use the internet to research questions. Sometimes we find the answer and sometimes we can be frustrated by how hard it is to find the exact answer for the situation we are describing.

Instead of getting frustrated, use it as an opportunity to use your new-found knowledge as a new article for your readers.

Can't find an article that talks about the best kind of sunscreen for red-headed toddlers? Research, then write your own.

This research may mean you

  • Interview Experts
  • Review Books at the Library
  • Find Trade Journals on the Topic
  • Conduct Your Own Experiments and Report Results

Once you have the evidence, you can compose a piece of writing that is helpful and useful. Since you were going to be doing the research anyway, why not turn all that time into an online piece?

Be sure that you reference any sources you use.

Look For Opportunities

Going on a vacation with your family? Take a camera along. You can snap pictures and take notes and then create a great article about your adventure.

Readers that will never go on that vacation can experience it through your story. Those that might be planning a similar trip can get great advice from you.

You can also chronicle other activities.

Events To Capture
Why
Local Fairs
Local, community fairs that happen annually may have users looking for information the next time they happen.
Charity Events
Look for annual events that might have users looking for information in the future
Parks
Have a great city park? Write about it and include pictures. It will give information for the next family interested in going.
Recreation
Went to a mini golf course but it was not that great? Take pictures and write a review. It will give others the information that they need.

Ask Yourself the Tough Questions

When you finally create that piece of writing, ask yourself if it truly is a quality piece of writing. Does it provide the information you intended? Will your reader keep reading?

The other tough question you must ask yourself is: Will anyone else but me care about this?

Sure you have a blast every week at your underwater bingo class, but it is neither likely to be a sport that really takes off or one that is searched for.

Some topics and niches are so specialized and have such a small audience that, while they might be fun to write about, if your goal is to get an audience and to be noticed by search engines, you might spend your time pursuing other topics.

So when you look at your list of items that interest you, decide if any of them are too specialized or just too boring to write about.

If you write what you know, you'll never lack for inspiration.
If you write what you know, you'll never lack for inspiration. | Source

Write What You Know

I'll end this the same way I began. You must write what you know.

Everyone has unique interests and life experiences. Whether you like cooking or rock climbing, if you trust yourself, you can turn your interest into an informative and interesting online article.

When writing an online article, what is the most important component for you?

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Good points! I feel the more interested you are in the topic the more fun it will be to write and that will come through in your work and engage your readers. Thanks for posting!

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      Honest-Writer 3 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips.

      I love this tip and question you suggest we ask ourselves before fishing our writing - Will anyone else but me care about this?

      It's so important yet so challenging. I remember once watching this video on Youtube about writing tips (can't remember the name so unfortunately I can't provide a link or give it credit) but the person was describing a writing class where the teacher said:

      How many of you like to talk?

      The class got enthusiastic as they all probably liked it.

      Then he said that's great as writing is like talking, so if you can talk you can write.

      The class of aspiring writers got even more enthusiastic about it.

      Then the teacher said - Okay now thing about how many people care to listen about what you have to say...

      The enthusiasm in the class room dropped...

      and I guess that's the real power in story telling....

      We can all talk and share ideas from our knowledge and research, but can we tell a story? Would people be keen to read our words?

      As a writer I often think about this example (narrated as I recall it) and wonder how can I make my readers engage and want to read my stuff all my written pieces.

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      nice and informative post, thanks for sharing, blessings!

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      LCDWriter,

      That was a very interesting and informative post. Good work.

      Kevin

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks everyone. I see so many times people posting in the hub pages forums that they are out of ideas. Maybe this will help! In my opinion there is always something to write about that someone will find interesting or helpful.

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      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I am one of those that has too many ideas and need reliable hubs like this to help me break it down, make it useful, and answer the honest questions. Like is the idea worth researching and writing about? That eliminates a ton of them right there. Awesome read!

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      You are right-on with saying that we should write what we know and also write about things that we found difficult researching, because that will help other people who are running into the same difficulty. Great ideas.

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      L C David 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Glenn!

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      very interesting and helpful tips. you have written things in a simple way which people will love to read and practice. thank you for sharing. i enjoyed reading this.

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