I have nothing left to write. The last two hubs I wrote were an experiment to see if I could write "viral" content, which I don't think I did very well on.
Beyond that, I think I have ran out of topics to write on Hubpages. I planned to start novel writing this year, but with a possible major promotion at work coming up, I've been focusing mostly on that. I know, it's an excuse, but this is a promotion I have wanted for six years. That being said, I decided I still wanted to write on Hubpages. I am wracking my brain thinking of topics, and I have finally drawn a blank.
Why don't you write about your job or line of work?
A lot of my hubs have touched on that topic, my most successful hubs are about that, in fact. I fear that is tapped out as well.
How about "The Writer Who Knew No More Words" ? I am not being sarcastic or anything rude, David. You write very well and I believe you can come up with a funny creative story about a writer who has written so many things that he finally ran out of words. I agree with Luis, he has a great idea about Google Alerts. StumbleUpon is another site that you can sign up for and follow your favorite topics. It is a very good way to find things to write about.
One of the "aids" that I use that has given me plenty of topics/ideas is Google Alerts. Once you set it up you will get a daily email with articles, news, going ons etc about the topic of your choice.
Do you do your own work on your Mini Cooper?
How to change fuel injectors on a Mini Cooper
How to diagnose engine noise in a Mini Cooper
How to change brake pads in a Mini Cooper
You get the picture--there must be at least 100 things you can do, and I am sure there are a lot of shadetree Mini Cooper fans out there that would like the help.
I do nothing with my Mini Cooper except drive it. I'm not a car person, except that I love the look and feel. Though, I do have a hub that features my Mini.
Still, it's a topic to think about. Maybe the process of buying and maintaining a Mini. Hmm...
I think it is the weather. I cannot think of anything to write either. I have been so busy clearing up malware on my computer in this frigid weather. I think my mind is blocked by ice. However, I have about ten ideas, and know it is important to pick one and move on. So I will tell you the same thing. Think Spring and pick a topic or make a list and select the one that sounds best. The dream job sounds inspiring to me as to others on this thread. Good luck. Your writing is superb, so keep at it. Hugs. Audrey
Huh? 175 hubs and you're done? Doubtful. Check your motivations and that will plot your next course. Do the novel, but not for fame or riches, as it's a real long shot.
There is always something to write about, David. How about "How to make yourself eligible for promotion in your job." Congratulations on that. You may just have a mild case of "writer's block". Maybe a walk in nature will give you some inspiration. Best wishes to you.
Be patient with yourself! The next "inspiration" may come from the most unexpected source - the motorist who's texting while driving (successful at neither), the witty comment of a colleague and whatever prompted it, the do-it- yourself project that should have been done by someone else - something will trigger a smile, a memory or an afterthought, and that's something to write about. Take a break and recharge your creative batteries.
People like to hear about common, everyday things.Just think about writing blog post style stuff in between your major articles. I'm always amazed by how much people seem to enjoy personal observations.
If you feel you are empty as a writer, I am sure this is a temporary thing. Just switch off for a while, read something and you'll burst with ideas in no time. I am sure each of your hubs can give you at least two fresh ideas for more articles.
One good trick is to write something completely different from the format / environment you are used to. I don't recommend you to start with a novel in this feeling. I have written several novels and you need some kind of commitment to push things further, otherwise it can give you a lot of frustration. Instead of that write a short story, something you can make in six hours max (without editing).
Don't get me wrong, writing a short story can be much harder than writing a novel. But you mentioned problem with time, so this is probably better solution for you at the moment.
If you need inspiration, read a book. It is old fashioned solution, but it works like a bomb.
Since you write a lot about the workplace, tell us about the worst employee you've ever had (minus real names)? That sounds like a good hub. I've had lots of them.
I just quickly ran down your list of hubs and most of them are "how to" content. People love these types of articles. How about "What Not to Do in an Interview", "What Not to Do in a Grocery Store", ""What Not to Do in ...", etc.
I once wrote a short comment somewhere about when being interviewed for a job do not ever answer a question, with "Are you serious?" and it really went wild with likes and comments.
I've felt that way more than a few times. I usually take a break from writing for a while. If I get an idea for a topic to write about, I put a note in my phone. Once I have a few ideas, I sit down and think about them for a while, and see which would be the best to start with.
You should take a break from writing hubs: If you keep trying to force inspiration, it won't happen. Topics are gonna come naturally and it may take days or even weeks to come up with something to write about. Don't despair! You'll get inspired again.
Perhaps you could write a hub about landing that dream job / promotion you've always wanted based on your own personal experience.
Aside from that the best thing to do is to stop thinking about writing and start looking for interesting new things to learn about / do / read about - then the article ideas will come on their own when you are ready.
Apply rear end to seat and write. This is not my advice but that of professional writers who have to write to get paid. They sit down at a regular time and stay there and write. Peter Elbow suggests using free writing techniques. Rowena Murray suggests writing a phrase at the top of each page suggesting the writing is draft only and giving yourself permission to make mistakes.
Free writing is where you write any rubbish at all, just WRITE. You will find that it gets you in the habit of writing and will start the ideas flowing. Editing comes later.
Congratulations! You are the first person in the world to run out of opinions and advice. You should probably tell us how you achieved this nurvana-like state.
Play nicely. This happens to all of us at one time or another.................
People like you are why I don't post on the forums often.
ROFL. Come down to Australia, blueheron. That's our kind of humour!
This just struck me as so spontaneous and funny. David, you are a gifted writer -- let it rest for awhile and one of these days you will be inspired with a topic / ideas you have never even thought about. You are thinking too much about it and putting yourself under pressure and stress by trying too hard. Let it go and let it be for now. Let your spirit give you that boost of inspiration after a nice and well-deserved rest.
I bet when you reached fifty hubs, you thought, "what else will I write about?" I said that to myself at 25 hubs and have since more than doubled that number. You're a good writer and the world is full of subjects you haven't covered yet. You will think of more to write about after a well-deserved break. Rest up well because expanding your topics may require writing more about topics that aren't in your niche and require more research and work. That's what I'm afraid of, that I'll run out of what I know and really have to "investigate" and do more research for my next topic. Happy rest and happy writing davidlivermore.
Your articles are very well written and aesthetically pleasing. I think a lot of what you have written has the potential to "go viral". The only question you need to answer is ,"How much money am I willing to spend?" Let's face it,just like in the "real world", a majority of the people who do well on the internet have an advertising budget.Sure there are exceptions to every rule,but the chances of great content going viral simply on it's on merits is slim to none.If your goal is to go viral, then I think you should elevate your marketing to the same level as your writing.
Well if you have been waiting for 6 years for this promotion, I really hope its worth it, like a 50-100% pay increase as that's a long time to be waiting. I find it's easier for me to find topics to write about as all my hubs are of my niche, health and fitness. Not sure how I would do if I wrote random topics.
This was a great article on hub pages I read that described one way to solve your exact problem. This writer is also a photographer and suggests taking pictures to write. Many times the prompt ideas for us to write about. http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/The-Ca … est-Friend
Why don't you write something simply for the love of writing or the subject? Don't write something with the intent of it going viral or making money... just unclog your brain... write a love poem or a short fiction story about someone you saw on the street one day. Do it cause it's fun.
Here are some ideas:
A poem about sex or flirtation
The weirdest recipe you know
The worst things in the world that you hate
Something that people can do to improve themselves
Your favourite animal - an in depth hub
A top ten favourite book list in a genre
Your favourite country and why
The best day of the year and why
Childhood vs adulthood
OMGosh ! The weirdest recipe! I have read really old cookbooks, like "The Compleat Housewife" by Eliza Smith, first published in 1727. It is full of recipes that makes one go "ewwwwww!", and also tips on how a housewife should run her home and family. Someone could really write a great hub on those ideas and proprieties of the past.
Keep a list! I have a word document where I write down ideas when they come to me, or when I see something that sparks my interest on the TV or I read something in the news and a magazine. Then if I can come up with something I just scroll through it until something catches my fancy
Also I agree with Beth, start writing things because they interest you and fire up your brain cells. If you are chasing a viral hub it will probably never happen and only be a short-lived phenomenon anyway. My two most highly trafficked hub were a complete surprise and on topics I didn't think many people (except me) would find interesting
If you get any ideas, please pass them on. I only have a few Hubs but I am so useless I have to research for ages and then try and write for ages again.
Hendrika. It takes me a while to research, and my typing is slow. Believe in yourself and get excited about a topic. You can do it.
Don't worry about it. Make a little residual income in the meantime. Maybe you'll get into something new to write about in the near future. Maybe you'll go visiting a church and write about your experience, a sports arena, an amusement park, museum, a farm, circus, dog/cat show, car show, zoo and etc...
David - I developed a news aggregator that gets up-to-date news items for various topics. This is a good way of getting ideas. I can add new topics to suit.
another one I use is
You can write on many thing.
1. Your views on Bertrand Russel's "Why I am not a Christian",
2. How Buddha who did not have any religion was himself made into a God.
3. What made Hitler, an avowed vegetarian, relish blood-letting, and much else besides, of Jews.
4. Which fabric makes ideal curtains.
5. Do Bose speakers really do what they are proclaimed to do.
6. The relation between George Washington and Denzel Washington.
In fact, I can think of innumerable topics. Only, I cannot write about them as well
If you have kids, you will never run out of things to write about! At least with my two kids, they are always giving me ideas... it's just tough getting the ideas out of my head and onto paper (or a computer screen).
I have just done the exact opposite of the advice I gave and have written a viral hub. It is actually a pre-viral hub, but I will let you all know just as soon as I get my first one million views... any day now.
Congrats, Beth! One million views!!!
Wait. You were being sarcastic, and I fell for it (again). Well played, Madame. Well played.
P.S. Would anyone buy that I "fell for it," ironically? Good one, eh guys? ... . . . Guys??
I think a viral hub about viral hubs could go viral
I ran out of things to write three years ago.
Then I set up a user called Mark Ewbie.
The rest is his story.
You'd be surprised at what you can come up with just by watching the world news.
Actually, a good way to break out of writer's block is the
I challenge you to write a featured hub about one of the following:
► pre-positive (if Beth will allow pinching her gem)
► stick-ghosts with original images
Oooh, oooh I have a stick ghost about my person. Must not post. Must not post.
Ive never heard anything that sounded so close to being somewhat dirty, in all my life.
Mark, you are obligated by your HPs contract to post the ghost.
Actually striking a match stick releases its evil ghost
I think we all run out of ideas at times. Then I stop writing for a few days, and read, or take walks, and all at once I get a few ideas at a time. Keep a place to write them down, so when an idea strikes, you don't forget it.
Congrats on the promotion!
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