Have you been stuck in a spot like this... (need suggestions)

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  1. sofs profile image88
    sofsposted 7 years ago

    This a hub that I have started to write about four days back.. I have written on this topic earlier and have done quiet a bit of work in this regard...but now I find that my thoughts will not flow..and I seem to be writing the same ideas over and over again..
    I assumed giving it time will help but it is just the same...I am stuck in the same spot...any suggestions..

    1. travelespresso profile image79
      travelespressoposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Sofs.....Yes it happens all too often!

      Have you tried clustering your ideas?

      Another thing I like to do is print a copy and sit in a different place to read it with a pen in hand to scribble down ideas.

      Those are a couple of quick thoughts.  Other than that, I just leave it and go back to it when the mood takes me.

      1. kmackey32 profile image68
        kmackey32posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I have these issues sometimes...

    2. CMHypno profile image93
      CMHypnoposted 7 years ago

      Sometimes it just does not come and the more you force it the harder it will be to get in the writing flow.

      Move on to another hub or task for a bit and let your mind relax.

      Alternatively, a large glass of wine can always help to get things flowing! smile

      1. kirstenblog profile image75
        kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        This works for me, both leaving a hub for another day and picking something else to write about as well as a glass of wine wink

      2. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I can relate to what you are saying, That is why I  did other things for four days.. but I seem to be stuck.. I will  sleep over it if need be or even may be write something else.. before I get back to this topic..

        LOL I don't drink anything other than water , green tea and  may be coffee.. smile
        Thank you.. 
        @CM Hypno:)
        @ Kirstenblog
        So I am not the only one... big_smile

      3. Karanda profile image76
        Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol the wine works a treat!

        1. sofs profile image88
          sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          should I try it??? lol I will be too tipsy to write... smile

    3. Mark Ewbie profile image86
      Mark Ewbieposted 7 years ago

      Don't know how you write, whether straight in to a hub or elsewhere first.  I throw thoughts into Word documents, then leave them when the ideas stop coming.  If it never gets written no one will miss it.  I am gradually building a collection of documents to work on when the mood strikes me.

      Having started the thought process you can mull over it while shopping, driving, housework, whatever and then pop more ideas in as it suits.

      I found that typing directly into a hub was more restricting, with more pressure on to complete and publish it.  Plus it doesn't have a spelchecker...

      1. kirstenblog profile image75
        kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I too have an impressive list of half written hubs in my stats! lol

        1. sofs profile image88
          sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          wow... but you write at the speed of lightning..  smile

          1. kirstenblog profile image75
            kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Do I?
            Not sure I would say that about myself but hey, a compliment is a compliment smile

            I will say that I type fast and in real life I talk A LOT, it translates well into text lol

            1. sofs profile image88
              sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I talk a lot but when it comes to writing.... the flow is more restrained.
              My typing is like 600 words per day I guess lol lol

              1. kirstenblog profile image75
                kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Improve your typing speed and the rest will follow big_smile lol
                I do wish I could type slightly faster, I am close to being able to type at the speed I talk but I don't let those typos wait till I have finished to correct them and that slows me down! That bloody red line under words screams at me to take notice and fix it. It's worse then the Nuns I had in school! lol

                1. sofs profile image88
                  sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  lol lol this is turning out to be fun now!! big_smile

                  1. kirstenblog profile image75
                    kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Ahhh excellent! big_smile
                    The way these forums should be wink

        2. Susana S profile image97
          Susana Sposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          LOL lol Me too. I think I have more half written hubs than I do published ones. One day I will get them all finished......

          @sofs - I think getting blocked like that is common for most of us. I know I do. Usually I just leave it and come back to it another time (see above, lol), but if you really want to get it done one suggestion is to get a piece of paper, write down the main thoughts you have in separate bubbles then just try brainstorming it, creating a spider diagram.

          1. sofs profile image88
            sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            That is  a great suggestion.. Thanks Susana S will do that right away..

            But I am a one hub at a time person.. may be I need to break free from this line of thinking...  Thank you for the suggestions smile

      2. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks Mark .. I never type anything straight into a hub... I keep working on word before I am ready...

        I was  worried only because these topics are not new to me and I should not be getting stuck... I hope you understand what I am saying..

        Yeah I do agree with you about directly typing stuff.. Thank you smile

        1. Mark Ewbie profile image86
          Mark Ewbieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Hi sofs, I didn't actually know what you wrote so had a quick peek.  Creative stuff - that's the worst kind for getting stuck on.

          Maybe you could draft the most goddam awful thing you have ever written as a start.  At least the outline is there.  Then just work on improving areas at a time.  When you have had enough just hit the publish button and the hell with it.

          1. sofs profile image88
            sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I like that.. I just thought the same thing ... i will give it one good shot and then hit that darn publish button and hell with it as you say!! smile big_smile smile

            Thanks Mark I may seriously do that... makes me feel better smile

            1. Mark Ewbie profile image86
              Mark Ewbieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              You mean... I actually offered some genuine advice?  I know I have the accolade, but you get that just for hanging around on the forums misleading newbies.

              Feeling good.. yeah.

              1. sofs profile image88
                sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                @ Mark
                I dont know about misleading the newbies..lol ,  but this advice.. to give it one good try and let it go to hell sounded like what I was thinking at the moment myself.... It is always good to have your thoughts voiced out aloud by others...

                I do feel good...Hey I don't do much creative writing.. nope I think that is what is showing up on my profile page... I write stuff on self Improvement which is where I am getting stuck... and I shouldn't be

                Thanks anyway.. to have you think like I do ...that helps. smile

      3. Karanda profile image76
        Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Same as the forums Mark, no 'spelchecker', oops that should read, spell checker.

        I write all my Hubs in word first, start with an idea, then a topic and add bits and pieces till the words fill the page, then rewrite the whole thing. Even after it's published, I still go back to tweak and add.

        1. sofs profile image88
          sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Hi karanda,
          Yeah may be give it a good try , publish it and then Think of tweaking it up later.
          great suggestions, Thank you smile

    4. Spacey Gracey profile image36
      Spacey Graceyposted 7 years ago

      Hi Sofs - if your mind is wanting you to go over and over the same stuff, and you have tried taking a break without success, maybe just let yourself write and write in that loop and see what comes out of it. Maybe your writing brain knows what its doing, and you should just let it get on with its job - it may come out with some really great new points, or distill your original line of thinking into an even greater piece of writing.

      (I speak from when I actually used to do 'proper writing' in work, rather than the sales writing I do know...just had visions of you flicking across to my profile, and thinking 'you're giving out writing tips????really!!!'

      1. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        HI Spacey Gracey... No ,no.. any suggestion is welcome and I have read enough of your hubs, to know that you know what you are talking about..
        I keep reading your hubs when I need inspiration to write one product hub.. that does not come to me easily at all.
        Wow!!  and you do it with such ease..
        I do understand what you are saying sometimes we need to be focused in just one area.. I will take that happily.
        Thank you smile

    5. Pearldiver profile image80
      Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

      I am the complete opposite yikes
      I find that I have too many ideas and I can't keep up coz I type too slow big_smile
      When I write poetry I have to complete it within the mood and not stack it for later... or it doesn't flow.

      Think about splitting the perspective - so you approach it from two sides, or points of view, or meanings/interpretations.  In that way you engage your readers, you get an interesting flow and you write at a higher level..
      I don't know if you know what I mean?
      I don't know how else to describe it.. but if you know my work, then you see exactly what I mean... hmm

      1. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks PD I have seen that work with you...I wonder if the kind of topics I write on would take that treatment well..But it is worth the try..
        Thank you so much .. smile

        1. Pearldiver profile image80
          Pearldiverposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Yes it would work on your range of subjects Sofs.
          You know sometimes the most powerful selling is when you are not!.. try covering that perspective in a selling hub! It will set you apart from your competitors won't it hmm

          1. sofs profile image88
            sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            No selling here, PD... Like most of my hubs is also falls under the category of self improvement   smile

            It is just that the few sales hubs that I wrote are showing up on my profile page right now!

            Really do appreciate the help PD  smile

    6. kirstenblog profile image75
      kirstenblogposted 7 years ago

      You know I was on a real streak yesterday, had a hub thats been there ages and was close to publishing it. Had my final text in there and was close to adding a video and the browser crashed! Lost a good amount of the text, still have the notes to work with yes, so not impossible to re-do it but still, bloody annoying! Kinda put me off for the rest of the day!

      1. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Sorry... I understand that, it is pretty annoying ... better luck next time.  smile

        1. kirstenblog profile image75
          kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I really should go finish it now but I am having too much fun in the forums today, been awhile since the forums where this much fun so hard to leave. Leave it to the Brits to liven up these forums big_smile

          1. sofs profile image88
            sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            May be having fun will brighten  up your hub some more... guess I need to work on these suggestions too.. Thanks

            1. kirstenblog profile image75
              kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Well if you and the other fun hubbers would just stop being so fun on the forums today I would go write instead! tongue lol

              1. kirstenblog profile image75
                kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Maybe not actually lol hmm

                1. sofs profile image88
                  sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  Its okay girl to have Fun.. I feel so lightened up already!! hang on... smile

                  1. kirstenblog profile image75
                    kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    You know I used to be able to come to these here forums any old time and have a good time like we are having today. Lately it has been way to dramatic to be fun so today is a lovely reminder of how much fun these forums can be when we want them to be smile
                    Lets keep the party going!

                    1. sofs profile image88
                      sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                      Yeah do agree that sometimes it is too melodramatic... But thats when I stick to the sandpit.  smile

                      Bring out the wine!!

    7. sofs profile image88
      sofsposted 7 years ago

      I guess I i will after all finish this in a few hours .. wow thanks to all of you .. I just was able to get back into the flow..with all those suggestions.
      You are all so supportive and helpful, thank you so much.
      God Bless smile smile smile

      @Mark Ewbie  special thanks to you ..  I am going to publish it and hell with it!!!! LOL

      1. kirstenblog profile image75
        kirstenblogposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Excellent! Now lets hope it draws lots and lots of traffic and they read and click ads and everything we hope for from our hubs smile

        1. sofs profile image88
          sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Aww ,  that is so sweet, okay lets  cross our fingers and hope so... thank you for all the support.. after all the fun , I  was able to finish it ... may be that was all that was needed.  i just needed to relax  smile  smile  smile

    8. Urbane Chaos profile image96
      Urbane Chaosposted 7 years ago

      Wow - there's a lot of great stuff in here!

      For me, while I'm doing research I always group my notes into what will eventually be the capsules.  That way, I know exactly what I'm going to write about before I start to write.

      I also use voice-recognition software.  The upside to that is that I can voice my thoughts out loud faster than I can type them.  I usually end up with a few swear words and some whimsical nonsense, but it all gets sorted out at the end.  If I'm out somewhere, I can also record notes into my phone, then play them back to the computer.  That alone saves me a ton of time, and helps me when it comes to the writing process.

      Sofs, glad ya finally got it though - I always hate it when that happens.. As they say, I love writing, I just hate the paperwork! big_smile

      1. sofs profile image88
        sofsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Wow that is a great suggestion too... i should take a look at voice recognition software....I can type one word per minute smile i guess.. lol  big_smile

        Grouping notes into capsules ... is another suggestion that I need to look at seriously.
        Thank you Urbane Chaos ( you don't sound Chaotic..you sound  pretty organized to me)  for sharing what works for you.

        Actually  I believe this thread  will help a lot of hubbers when they are stuck...

        Thank you everyone for helping out!! smile God Bless!

     
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