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Ten tips to beat writers block and publish more Hubs

Updated on January 30, 2012

How you can beat writers block

Have you ever had a burning enthusiasm to publish some more Hubs but have been cursed with the dreaded writers block?

I know I have.

The good news is that writers block can be beaten, using some creative thinking techniques.

Have a read through some of the tips below, give them a try and you'll be churning out some great quality Hubs before you know it!

1. Force yourself to start writing

It's easier said that done, but sitting around not writing will not help you beat writers block.

So sit down and start typing.

Get writing about literally anything. The last film you saw, the last meal you cooked, the last holiday you went on.

The writing you produce may not be of award winning quality, you may even decide it's not yet ready to publish.

But freeing up your mind will also help new and better ideas bubble to the surface.

2. Take a walk outside

Getting outdoors and looking around can give you unexpected inspiration for publishing a new Hub.

I just tried this exercise myself and came up with a dozen or so ideas for writing.

The sound of a dog barking might give you the idea to publish a Hub about training a noisy dog, dealing with noisy dogs, the quietest dog breeds, dog themed birthday cakes and so on..

The sun beating down on your face might inspire you to write a Hub about creating shaded areas in your yard.

This lists really can be endless.

3. Random word association

This one is easy, yet incredibly effective for beating writers block.

First, grab a dictionary.

Then select two words at random and try and create a topic to write about.

For example, I just selected 'bird' and 'radiation'.

Examples of Hubs I could publish based on these two words could include:

  • How the Fukushima nuclear disaster impacted bird life
  • Migratory bird species in Japan
  • How to make an origami crane

4. Hubpages answers section

Why not head on over to the Hubpages Answers section?

People are always asking new and interesting questions that often require in-depth answers.

There is even the option within Hubpages to answer the question and make a Hub about it.

5. Check out some news articles

News publishers have a good feeling for interesting topics that appeal to a wide variety of people.

So why not publish a Hub about a popular news topic?

You could do a bit more in-depth research or write up your own opinion.

The good thing about this option is that it has high potential to generate traffic to your Hub.

6. Talk with a friend about their passion

I don't know about you, but my friends have some really interesting passions that I don't know much about.

A great thing to do is interview your friend about their passion and how new people could get involved.

For example, i could easily develop Hubs teaching people how to get involved in Salsa dancing, rock-climbing, fencing or restoring classics cars.

7. Check out popular Hubs on Hubpages

There is an amazing depth of great quality Hubs on Hubpages.

Having a quick browse of the most popular ones will help you figure out what people like to read and might help you come up with an idea for the next 100 ranking Hub!

8. Phone your Mom

When I speak with my Mom, she will almost always bring up a topic or idea that I hadn't thought of.

It could be something about her dogs or work.

It's just the thing for researching new topics to write about.

9. Review a product

Perhaps you've just purchased a new phone, television or watch?

Why not write a Hub for people considering purchasing?

People love to cut-through the marketing hype and hear the opinion of a real person.

10. Teach Hubbers a new skill

We're a really skilled bunch on Hubpages (don't be humble!) so why not teach others based on your experience?

It could be anything from how to run a marathon through to how to clean pots and pans.

As you can see, beating writers block can be done.

Give some of these a try and let me know what you think in the commens section.


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      debW07 6 years ago

      Thanks for the link jf_2000! As you said, it was a very interesting article on why some of us get our best ideas while in the shower!

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      jf_2000 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Glad you liked the Hub. This is an interesting article about the shower phenomenon:

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      debW07 6 years ago

      Great tips! For some reason, I always seem to get ideas in the shower. I'm thinking about taking more than one a day. :o) Nice article!

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      jf_2000 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks for the wonderful feedback :)

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      Angel Caleb Santos 6 years ago from Hampton Roads, Virginia

      Outstanding article. Thanks for sharing!