How to Always Have Something To Write About...on HubPages
Success on HubPages comes from a mixed formula. But the most important element is writing a good hub. How can you ensure that you will always have something to write about? Here are six ideas.
1. Start A Hub "Series". By starting a series, you will always have a topic to write about whether it's daily, weekly or monthly. I started a series that chronicles my Easy, Three Step Diet Plan. Every week I write about my weight loss, my challenges and victories for the week, and my new goals for the next week. This gives me something to write about every Thursday. It also gave me ideas for two other hubs since I felt each topic needed more explanation. Readers look forward to a continuing series of hubs and it is a way to gain more followers. I know that I enjoy The Law of Attraction, Does it Really Work?, a daily series by Destiny 17. You can start a series about anything going in your life. What do you do on a weekly basis? Are you trying to improve on anything, learn anything, break a habit? You can report on the progress! Are you observing anything? Can you give lessons in how to do something, step by step? Give a weekly "tip" about a topic you know well? Think of something ongoing in your life that you can report on daily, weekly, or monthly. It makes it so much easier to know that your topic is taken care of, even if it is for only a limited time.
Consider Writing a Review. There are so many things you can review! Books, magazines, movies, tv shows, live shows, cars, products, places, foods. The list is endless. As you go through your daily routine, think of something you can critique. It will be fun for you because you'll be interested in the topic, and it will be helpful to readers who are thinking of trying what you are reviewing! My review of Donny and Marie Live has turned out to be my most-viewed hub. I have also written a book review and plan on another one soon.
Write Pre-Quels, Sequels and Spin-offs. Revisit your existing hubs and see if they spark ideas for updates or additions. Maybe something has changed and you could write an update. Maybe a topic needs more explanation and could "spin off" into its own hub. Sometime I plan to write a "pre-quel" all about my struggle with overeating and how that lead to my Weight Loss Plan Series. Keep in mind that the best inspiration for a new hub may be in one that you already have!
Ask and Answer Questions. If this isn't part of your routine, it should be! Asking and answering questions leads to inspiration for writing. It also leads you to new hubbers to check out and will lead new followers to you. One of my most successful hubs was inspired by an answer left by a hubber on one of my questions. (If you are new and don't know how to get to the questions, go to "explore" and click on "answers".)
Journey Into a Different Genre. Branch out and try some new writing. Try fiction if you've only written non, poetry if you haven't tried it, a full article if you're usually a poet. I haven't published any poetry hubs yet, but I plan to. A new genre can get the creativity flowing and lead to whole other branch of hubs.
See Everything With a Writer's Eye. Start to observe all of your experiences as possibilities for writing topics. Your work day. Your relationships. The challenges and changes in your life. Your everyday occurrences, your adventures. Everything has potential as writing material. It's all in how you see it, how you tell it, and what you can teach from it. I am going on a day trip this weekend--someplace I've always wanted to go all my life. I already know that I'm going to write about it and that makes me even more excited, knowing I will be sharing the experience with my readers. This is how you can approach your writing life as well.
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE
With a HubPages routine, you will never be without an idea to write about. Find a frequency for writing that you can be happy about, and stick to a routine. Every week, I try to ask or answer at least one question, add one hub to my Weight Loss Plan Series and write another hub from new inspiration. Try a new genre to keep your creativity and ideas fresh. So far I have written mostly articles, but I've also written two reviews and plan to write some poetry, too. Look at the world through a writer's eye and the possibilites for material will be endless. Some of my hubs have been inspired from questions on HubPages, some from hubs I've already written, and others from the daily experiences of all avenues of my life. Be open to all of these possibilities, establish a routine, and let the ideas, and hubs, just flow!