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5 Questions To Ask Yourself To Find New Topic Ideas - Questions For When You're Choosing Topics

Updated on January 4, 2012

Introduction

Whether you are trying to choose a topic for a research paper, debate, a HubPages hub, a Squidoo lens, or pretty much anything else, you can use certain guidelines that make it easier to come up with ideas.

I often found myself with "writer's block" when it came to selecting a topic for my hubs or blog articles until I began using the 5 questions below. You may find asking yourself these questions helpful. This will allow you to come up with useful topics for your written content, both online and offline:

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1. "What Am I Passionate About?"

Finding your passions is a great way to get new topic ideas, because you will have a strong interest level in any of these things. That interest level can really help carry you through the more tedious aspects of writing, especially the research process. Choosing a topic you are passionate about will be fun for you, and you will have a lot of great personal insight to offer readers, due to your familiarity with the subject matter. Draw upon your personal experiences and provide useful, unique content.

Write up a list of all the things that you love to do or are excited about discussing or investigating. You'll have a variety of great topics to choose from.

Examples: Motorcycles, Poetry, Industrial Music, Saving Money, Conspiracy Theories, Vampires

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2. "What Do I Have Problems Doing?"

This is one way to not only find a topic that will benefit readers, but benefits yourself, as well. Identifying topic ideas from the types of things you have problems doing will ensure that your research time is well spent. You'll be learning to improve the lives of others with the same problems, and also improving your own life in the process.

Write up a list of all the things that you have problems accomplishing.

Examples: Saying "No", Being On Time, Being Organized, Staying Motivated, Finding Lost Objects

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3. "What Am I Afraid Of?"

Choosing a topic that related to a fear you have can be a great opportunity to reduce that fear by giving yourself information that helps empower you over it. You can bet that if you have a fear, you're not alone with it. Many readers will find these topics to be very helpful and engaging.

Write up a list of all the things you are afraid of or worry about.

Examples: Being alone, Taxes, Bees, Failure, The Dark, Police

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4. "What Could I Teach Someone Else To Do?"

Focusing on what skills you have that you could impart to others is a very good way to come up with practical topics with a how to sort of a feel to them. This can still be applied to a more general area, however, so if you're writing an essay or research paper, don't count it out until you've explorer ways you might be able to make this fit.

Write down all the different things that you could teach someone else to do.

Examples: Attach Files To An Email, Choose Matching Clothes, Write A Poem, Sign-Up For A HubPages Account

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5. "What Would I Change If I Could Change Anything?"

Thinking of things you'd change if you had the ability is way to find new topic ideas and to help start making that change in the world that you are seeking. You'd be surprised just how easily a really good idea can spread and start taking hold. And if nothing else, you'll get people thinking and possibly inspire them to make a difference, too.

Examples: Tax rates, People Being Apathetic, The Amount Of Laws, Voting Requirements, Tabloid Journalism

More Ideas For Topics...

If you'd like even more ideas for topics, take a look at How To Choose Topics For A Hub. Even if you're not going to be writing on HubPages specifically, you'll still be able to use this to help you choose a topic, especially if you're looking for ideas for online writing.

What Do You Think?

Do you think these questions will help you select new topic ideas?

What methods do you use to come up with subjects?

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      Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

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      poetvix 6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Thanks, Bud. These are great ideas which I plan on putting to immediate use. I like how you present each in the same kind of format with the examples.

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      Jennuhlee 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      GREAT advice Bud as always, this actually inspires me to write a new hub. The last one really sparked my interest, because some of my favorite hubs happen to be written that way it's so funny I've never written one like that myself. Always a pleasure reading your hubs, thanks for sharing:]

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bud, Good interesting and thought provoking list, excellent guide thanks for sharing, bookmarking and voting up.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Great lost here. I would add what movies did I see and relate to,what advice did my sister ask me and how did I save today (time or money.)

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      Good day Bud, I'll stick to the list number one but would consider the other four since it's really a good sharing. Would come back here always for seeking the great tips from you. Keep up your good work!

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      sakesare 6 years ago

      Beautiful and unique guide. Thanks for sharing Bud..

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      Dennis Thorgesen 6 years ago from Central United States

      Maybe you should change the wording. Every one of your ideas are great but unless you fit your finished product into a niche your not going to earn much.

      I do have to admit though that I am doing better finding page one of Google with my own idea's than with what others have been telling me should work.

      When I use adsense I try to go in with at least 5 keywords, I use one word that has a high number of hits (5 million or so)and two with a smaller amount(4,000 to 50,000). So far that is not working well. Maybe someday I will hit the right number.

      What seems to work best is writing the article then making the title fit the article.

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      Bud Gallant 6 years ago from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

      Flora, Thanks! I understand. I actually find myself mostly drawn to the first and last, as well.

      RTalloni, Thank you for the kind words. Haha, yes, I understand exactly what you mean. I'd love to find a solution to that one myself!

      Jenna, Thanks! Hope it helps!

      Josh, I know what you mean. Thanks so much for the comment!

      Tamarindcandy, Thanks :)

      Denise, Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

      Annie, Thanks!

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      good tips here Bud - another goodie - voted up and stuff

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting way to choose topics. I like your list!

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      tamarindcandy 6 years ago

      Thanks, voted useful. :)

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      .josh. 6 years ago

      Good stuff, Bud - I obviously have a tendency to stick with number one, but I think the latter four are ones that lead the most successful Hubbers.

      Thanks for this, no doubt I'll resort back to it next time I'm 'stuck.'

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      Jenna Estefan 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'll definitely keep this questions in mind when I'm trying to think of topics. I voted this hub useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Really neat hub. Concise, yet filled with food for thought. This will be very helpful to people who want to write but are unsure what direction they want to go with their writing.

      Deciding what to write isn't a problem I deal with--I'm looking for that hub with the solution for finding time to write everything I want to write while I get everything else done. :)

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Useful 5 questions. Number 1 is the one I go to the most, as well as number 5 to a lesser extent-when I'm upset.