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Much Ado About Nothing (How to Write When Inspiration is Lacking)
Why Did I Read That?
Do you ever read an article on-line or a hub and think to yourself, "Why did I read that?" or come away scratching your head, none the wiser than before you read it, maybe even totally confused?
Maybe you were drawn in by the catchy title or beautiful lead image or photo. Possibly it was written by someone you follow or who has a reputation for great writing. Perhaps it was recommended by or shared by a friend on social media.
..sometimes people write shit..
The truth is that sometimes people write shit. It doesn't matter who they are, or think they are. I am sure even the most popular authors like Steven King, John Grisham and the like have written things they aren't proud of. I have sometimes been at a loss for a subject to write about and come up with something "out of the blue" that I'm not really happy with but that meets the purpose of putting pen to paper and getting something out there.
Pump Out Those Hubs
You need to keep those hubs pumping out or your "hubber score" will plummet and we don't want that do we? Can't have our imaginary status as best poet, fiction writer, how-to king, recipe queen or health and fitness guru falling because we haven't churned out new material to please Mr Google can we?
..we need to consider who we write for..
We need to consider who we write for. Do we write for ourselves and our self-improvement, or to entertain and inform others? Or do we spend long hours writing for those big elusive $$$ signs in the sky? Probably a combination of all of these.
So, you desperately need to put pen to paper, or finger to the keyboard and churn something out - but Heaven forbid if what you write turns out rubbish. Then your hub will not pass the quality audit, will be 'unfeatured', and won't get any exposure. If it doesn't get traffic, well no one will see the advertising and Hub Pages won't make any money from your article and, subsequently, neither will you.
What is the Answer?
So, what is the answer? Simple, just make sure your hub contains enough words - 1200 is said to be the optimum number. Then throw in three related photos, any old stuff as long as it is original and good quality, or legally and properly attributed images from the Internet.
Get out your digital camera, IPad, or smart phone and go snap some pics of your yard, garden, family, pets etc etc. It's a good idea to start a file and keep a collection of pics that may be useful in your future articles and hubs. As I said before, at least three photos per hub will keep the HP gods happy as long as they relate to the content.
Don't forget the video.
What else do you need to bring your hub up to scratch? Well, don't forget the video. It doesn't have to be one that you have made yourself. After all most of us aren't fortunate to be as photogenic as George Clooney, or have the voice of Maria Carey. So just find something on You Tube that's relevant to what you have written and everyone will be happy.
What Do You Think?
Do you usually include polls in your hubs?
What More Can I Do?
There are still a few other things you can do to make your hub a success. Why not include a poll? Hub Pages loves polls. They engage your audience and encourage them to spend more time reading your hub. Place the poll towards the top of your hub so that they see it before they get too bored with the rest of the content. If you place it at the end most people won't even bother to answer it because they will already have the information they were looking for and will be anxious to move on to something else.
You can also add a quiz, recipe, or table if they are suitable for your hub, and of course a map would be nice. I don't know why, unless it is a travel article or relates to a specific area, but throw one in just because you can.
Your hub should be looking pretty damn good by now, with enough words, pictures, video, poll, table and map. Oh, but you're not finished yet.
I live about 45 minutes drive from this town. Kingaroy is known as the "peanut" capital of Australia.
Try Adding a Table to Illustrate Your Key Points
How to Improve Your Hub
How to Write Effective Comments
How to Overcome Writer's Block
Write about subjects that genuinely interest you or that you have specific knowledge or expertise in.
Try to write detailed and specific comments. Not simply, "Great hub," or "Interesting read."
Just start writing. You'll be surprised what you come up with.
Include facts an statistics to illustrate your point, or provide links to reliable sources.
Offer constructive and encouraging advice. Don't insult the author about the quality or content.
Look for inspiration in the things around you.. a song, book title, news story etc.
Add attractive images and media content.
If the subject interests you ask the author for links to more information, or better yet encourage them to write follow up hubs on the topic.
Get out and about. People and events can be a great source of inspiration.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/life)
Some Helpful Links
- How to Edit and Proofread Your Way Around the World
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- How to Make Money Writing for the Web | WritersDigest.com
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- Much Ado About Nothing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
― Robert Frost (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/life)
You Mean There's More?
Yes, there's more. You don't get off that easily. What about "links"? You can't forget them. These can be to other related hubs, further information on sites like Wikipedia, or relevant articles on other web sites.
Then, before you're done, just throw in a few quotes - found all over the web- and voila, you've succeeded. Just make sure it's only a few and they are sourced from different places otherwise they could be flagged as duplicate content and you don't want that. Another quality "evergreen" hub up and running.
Oops, I almost forgot! You'll still have a few blank spaces. So if you are signed up to the Amazon or eBay affiliate programs you had better add a couple of capsules for each of these to fill any gaps, and maybe earn some dollars (or more likely cents.) I have heard it said that some people actually do click on these ads and occasionally actually buy one of the products, but I have yet to experience this. Just make sure you only have one Amazon or eBay capsule per 300 words of text...no more or you are in trouble (this was originally updated from 50 to 100, and since I published this hub has been upgraded again to 300. I didn't even see that announced anywhere but found out when checking why so many of my hubs had suddenly been de-featured. An error note at the top in "edit mode" said "your hub is at risk of not being featured due to having less than 300 words per Amazon/EBay capsules." Oh, make sure the ads are relevant to your hub or else it will be seen as spam.
.. quality "evergreen" hub..
If you got this far, give yourself a pat on the back. Believe me I'm patting my own. This hub began as I said at the start, I was suffering a case of "writer's block" and this was just an excuse to put pen to paper and get something out there. I wasn't really planning on writing an instructional article, it's just the way it turned out. Hopefully some one out there finds the information and advice herein helpful to some small degree.
.. If all else fails write a poem..
- So You Say You Can't Understand Poetry!
This poem is for all those people who say they never read poetry because they can't understand it.
- If I Could Write a Love Poem
Romantic poets have been striving to write the perfect love poem since they first picked up a quill. There have been many wonderful love poems written and here I list some of them, and one of my own.
- To Be Or Not To Be - A Poet.
This essay is part of my contribution the April Poetry Month. It's my attempt to try to encourage writers to become poets and others to read it.
Oh, One More Thing..
When it seems you have exhausted all avenues in your search for motivation, or just don't have the time or energy to invest in producing the perfect "evergreen" hub described above. When the feeling of desperation and failure begins to enshroud you...when all else fails....
WRITE A POEM!
You don't even need to be a poet (but this helps).
Just write down
Some random words
A few to a line,
No need to rhyme.
If it looks like a poem
It will pass as the test,
After all who will know
You've no poet within.
Love is the truth,
And kittens are cute,
We must save the trees
Our climate and seas. (Oops rhymed)
If possible try to still write about 80 to 100 words but if you can't don't sweat it. As long as you list your hub under the topic "Poetry" it will pass muster. Add a photo, preferably three and maybe a video of some nice music and hopefully it will be featured.
Although a poetry hub will never win major accolades, the kind Hub Pages staff do allow poets some concessions and are lenient on word count etc. Maybe they feel sorry for us because poetry is not considered a legitimate form of writing in the wider community. Our hubs are unlikely to attract many readers from the Google world and even less likely to make us any money. But poets need love too.
With that, this hub has just exceeded the 1200 words and ticked all the boxes, so I can stop right here :)
Thank you for taking the time to read "Much Ado About Nothing" (not the Shakespeare' play) and I do hope you found it helpful, or funny, or weird..or something. Good luck in your writing ventures.