I just joined and want to know--how do you pick what you write about?
I know a lot, and have passion about a lot of things--but I had a very difficult time choosing my first topic (saving money) to write about. I want to help people and get information out there, but choosing one just seems like a task! What do you do to narrow down your choice?
Do you make a list or draw from a hat? I think sharing will help us new hubbers be great ones with passed down knowledge! Thank you.
You could say to yourself...or start off with. "To save money on an overseas trip you could..." "If you want to save yourself money at the supermarket then... If you want to redecorate your home you could save money by...."
Pick an area. Just see what comes up automatically when you think about it and come from there. Simply type it out and save it. Then alter as you need. After that, and only when ready, create your Hub and 'cut and paste' in the content.
Hope that helps.
Why not write about Saving Money, write the "How, Where, and Why"?
As Tom Ware said, just hit the keyboard and put your thoughts down. Add to that, as thoughts breed and run around your head to the point where some just have to be shipped out - if only to make room for more.
You may want to do some research on the subject you are writing about, to ensure that you are drawing on a rich knowledge base.
When you think you have written enough, then read, and re-read, and shrink it by removing superfluous words and phrases.
Then come the images. Search for images which will add interest to your words, and break up the paragraphs, as large tracts of text can seem dull and uninviting.
Check your article [via the free software easily available] for grammar, readability and plagiarism. Even if your words are all coming from your head, there are times when you may find that your words, phrases, sentences are mirrored some place else, and that won't do. So make all your corrections, determine where the images are going to sit, then off you go to HubPages. Click on Start a New Hub, and cut and paste tracts of your text, and/or images.
Cast a keen eye on your masterpiece, take any fluff out, shine and polish it lovingly, then - let it go. . . .
It may or may not 'go viral' but how else are you going to know unless you send your article to float unaided out there, in the big wide world!
Let it go . . . . ., and you get back to the keyboard bashing out your second article. . .LOL!
My first hub was about saving money and the words just flowed. This is a great way to start writing hubs, but I'm afraid that I'd have a long word document as my mind likes to wander around for quite a while. These are great tips though, thanks!
Many of us do the same Kay. That is why I prefer to write it out on my hard-disk first, read and re-read. It gives me the chance to note & remove the fluff [un-necessary words/phrases]. Play around with it till I am satisfied.
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