Hello, fellow Hubbers! I am relatively new to Hubpages...I've been writing here for around three months. College has recently started for me, and I am struggling to find time to write quality articles.
In addition to lack of time, I'm also suffering from writer's block. I haven't really found a niche topic to write about, and my articles' subjects are all over the place.
I would appreciate any advice y'all provide!
Depending on what you are studying your classes could provide information for HP articles. Just make sure you are familiar with the HP guidelines for quality posts. Also, especially as a newbie, reading other authors' articles could lead you to both understanding the guidelines better and inspire you with topics to write about.
The great thing about writing for Hub Pages is that there are no minimum number of articles you must produce. I'm a gardener so my summers are busy with little time to write, so I produce very few articles. During the winter, when I am not gardening, I have time to write more articles. During the school year, you won't have time to write much, but during vacation breaks and summer vacation you will have more time to write. Don't put pressure on yourself to write a certain number of articles. Concentrate on your studies and write articles for Hub Pages when you have time.
School comes first. One nice thing about HubPages is, you can write about whatever you want. You don't have to stick to a niche topic as they will move your best articles to a niche site that they fit on.
At the beginning I would write about whatever interests you. After you have been writing for a while, you may find yourself drawn to a particular topic.
Nothing is wrong with having subjects all over the place. Think of them as a way of exploring what you like or don't like to write about. Your favorite niches will come to you in time.
I learned how to overcome writer's block by writing a certain amount of words each week rather than each day. If I feel like writing on a Monday, I write. If I don't feel it, I don't.
Even if I write, I don't try to write the same amount of time each day. It could be 15 minutes one day or 2 hours the next.
If my writing is garbage, I keep writing for a certain amount of time and come back to it later for editing.
Also, write about topics that reflect your experiences in life so far. It's easier to write about them than anything else. Your profile reflects obvious topics: pharmaceutical sciences, religion, computer games, reading, knitting, and taking care of pets.
What you accomplish in a full year of writing is much more important than what you accomplish in a day or week.
Personally, my goal is 100,000 words this year. I track every one.
Write your articles on a word processing program and when finished with one transfer it to the Hub Tool for editing. This way you won't feel so pressured and you can write a bit at a time. As for topics...they're all around you...observe and then write about things you see or things people do that jar your emotions. Some of the most successful articles are written about very simple things..think small instead of big and you'll find plenty to write about!
Thank you all for your advice! I'll focus on my schoolwork for now, but I'll do my best to churn out an article or two every so often.
My daughter is in college, and I help her with her writing assignments. Though she doesn't write for HP, her assignments would be work as articles for HP. You might want to consider that as an option.
Writer's block is a tricky thing. Just write and don't think about editing your work or whether what you are writing is good or not. Just write, bust that dam and let it flow. You can put your editor's hat on later after you have done the writing.
When you have time to write, write. When you don't, don't.
Seems pretty simple to me.
How about some articles relevant to what you're studying at college as a guide to students who may pursue that course? Maybe a personal experience of being a first year student The course will probably be around for a long time, so the article will be an "evergreen" one, and possibly no one has written about it before (the only info will likely be the blurb about the course on the college's website). Also unlike college, you don't have any deadlines writing articles here, so you can patch them together at your leisure. I find math is a lucrative topic to write about if you can hit on the right subject. I notice from your profile that you're studying pharmaceutical sciences, so maybe write some chemistry articles for high school students? Other authors here have also been successful writing articles about computer gaming/specific games. Don't worry about articles being all over the place!
When I was working on my Master's Degree last year, I would actually use the papers I wrote in my college classes as a basis for articles on here. It got me off to a great start, and helped me to stay motivated with my writing. By doing it in that manner, my college work served three different purposes: I was completing my required writing assignments, while simultaneously building up my number of articles on HubPages and making a little money in the process.
Schoolwork is a huge investment for your future so I would say that always comes first. If you can spin off some hubs from it, that's great. But in 20 years Hubpages may or may not be here, your degree will still be part of determining whether you get that promotion or new job.
One thing I've had success with is flipping my academic papers into articles. Typically I change the tone, move sections or delete sections and do some work on the citations for clarity. They tend to do well, as other students will look up the topics online for background reading.
Write about what you are passionate about. I am currently helping a friend with her articles. I personally write about many varied topics. I will soon narrow down to a niche though.
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