What are your first steps when writing an Hub?
Do you start your hub on a paper sheet (Writing ideas and designing the lay out), or do you go straight forward to "Start a new Hub" and start writing, changing your hub whenever you get a new idea for the hub
I have already written a hub about this, this explains what I do http://azure11.hubpages.com/hub/Writing … -to-Finish
I just started a new hub with the first two I wrote. I had a general idea what to write about when I started and I just kind of made it up as I went along.
Right now I'm working on a story which I first write in word so I have time to look at it a few times before I publish it, but still I never really map out what I write. Sometimes I roughly map the subjects, but overall it's not really my style to first map out the entire thing, a lot of my ideas I come up with while writing.
Yes i first write article in notepad than i format it in the hubpages editor. Next I move to "Start a new Hub" whenever i publish a new hub because the interface is so easy.
Tried and true method to design; any type of design. This will help you to avoid the "blank paper" syndrome.
(1) Think. Think a lot. Develop the idea with thought and exploration. This is when the idea is in its most abstract form. Take advantage of that by exploring many areas of the idea.
(2) Pen and Paper. This is somewhat of a misnomer, because you can use a digital notepad, or something similar, but the idea here is that you're working in a space that is *not the production environment* (in this case, not the Hubpages interface). I actually prefer a real pen and real paper.
(3) Once steps (1) and (2) are complete, review all the information you have and start collecting resources. Do you need to take pictures, shoot video, find statistics, cite any other works, or perform an interview? Make sure you have your external resources in place.
(4) Outline your hub. I typically do this in a note pad on the computer and have it up next to the screen when I'm writing. Your sketches will most likely be a little scattered and disorganized. In this step make sure your article flows nicely, makes sense, and is achieving its goal in its strongest form. This means deleting the weak elements of your idea and arranging the keeper ideas in the best way possible.
(5) Write your article.
(6) Read and Re-Write your article. This is the editing process. Do not be afraid to delete sections or completely re-write them. Good writing is rewriting.
(7) Hit publish, and start spreading the word.
I print of the relevant research and then i sit with a notepad and make notes from them. Then i write out my hub on paper, read through it, change bits i dont like and when i am satisfied i type it all up onto here, and even then i go back to it adding or changing parts
I usually start my hub, whether I'm ready to write it or not. It seems that the longer you leave one unpublished, the better the score is at the time of publishing. So even if I've just gotten an idea and plan to work it out later, I will at least come up with a title and some keywords that may or may not change down the line.
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