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How To Find Topics For High Quality Writing
What In the World Shall I Write?
An Important Question
How do you find so many topics to write about? I want to write a lot of hubs, but it takes me so long to find a topic that I can write a lengthy article about. How do you find your inspiration? -- by awesomeactress on HubPages.
Thanks for asking this question, because occasionally, one or another Hubber wants to know how to decide on a specific article to write or how to pick a topic. At these times, writers may feel that they have the proverbial writer's block. In addition, a first goal of writing a large number of Hubs may be ill advised. It leads some writers to hire article composers to write for them - or thy purchase ready-written articles that sometimes result in disappointment. Purchasing canned articles can also lead to warnings of "Duplicate Content", since some of these sites re-sell the same articles several times.
The best advice for amassing quantities of Hubs is given often by many writers on HubPages - Try to write one high quality Hub per day.
First Steps In Choosing Topics
- I write all of my own Hubs from a wide personal and professional experience, fact checking and doing research when required via major universities and think tanks around the world. To have experience and to know where to look quickly for solid answers to "loose strings" is the first effective step in increasing the number of higher quality Hubs one can write. Fortunately, I can also type 90 words per minute.
- In addition to current experience, I gain new experience every day and vow never to stop. I read 200 - 250 pages per day in books, articles, professional peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and local and global news. PBS public TV and radio are another set of good resources.
- Every week, I participate in as many of the HubPages projects offered on this site. This includes Weekly Inspiration, HubPages Contests, other Challenges, HubTrail, and HubPages Questions - like the one that resulted in this Hub. I wrote about this more in-depth at How Increase Earnings and Traffic with HubPages Participation.
- ESPECIALLY try the Rising Star Nominees and Promising Topics entry in the HubPages Forums each week. This is the title of a weekly post in the blue-colored stickies at the top of the first Forums page.
CHOOSE A NICHE
When I joined HubPages, I chose a primary niche of Business and Employment from my years in workforce development that included writing the curricula/lessons and training 1,000s of people in Work Readiness, Professional Advancement, Workplace Simulations, Receptionist Training, Medical Coding, Focus Groups, and related materials. I write resumes and professional portfolios and train job seekers in these skills as well.
Over the course of about 15 years, I was able to interact with workforce professional across the United States. Under the current federal and state programs for training and job placement, I maintain a list of referral resources that are effective. Reviewing US cities for their current and projected job requirements as well as interesting attractions is quite a lot of fun. All of these activities led to work and business Hubs on different, though related topics.
EXPAND YOUR TERRITORY
In addition to Hubs about work and business topics, I choose to answer Hub Questions and Hub Challenges on the following topics:
- Medicine and Health - Experience includes a Masters of Science in Preventive Medicine (epidemiology, infection control, health psychology, space medicine), a Degree in Psychology, Russian; and minors in Mathematics/Statistics, Asian Cultures, and Social Sciences (anthropology, criminology, sociology). This includes research regarding Indigenous Peoples for several decades now.
- History- I can write about several eras/locations of history in North America and abroad, and have accessed records of relatives back to the early 1600s in Virginia and much further back among Native Americans throughout the Northeast and Midwest US. I also enjoy writing about history that has been left out of the classroom and mainstream media. One such topic is that there were no Pilgrims, but plenty of bloodshed at the "first thanksgiving", which was not the first. The first two European events were in Texas and Florida in the 1500s. Another favorite topic is that of "totem" poles around the world for several hundred years and the biographies of their master carvers. It was scattered all over North America and Asia when I found it and combined it into three Hubs. These topics are the type that ignite a writer's interest.
- Food and Cooking- Again, I have recipes that are 100s of years old, but am always experimenting and enjoy "culinary anthropology."
- Travel - I answer questions on travel, as this meshes with my city reviews.
- Politics and related Philosophy - Again, I answer questions in which I have experience.
Aside from the above, I read through several pages of HubPages Questions every day and look for interesting questions that I might answer. Overall, I stick with topics in which I have experience and solid contacts for fact checking. That keeps me pretty busy with the HubPages portion of my writing, In addition, I also have done critical reviews of books and films for several years; occasionally I can share something in a Hub in these matters as well - especially if it ties in with health, history, politics, or something else that interests readers long term.
I have experience in martial arts (Grandmaster), teaching, and restaurant management, and occasionally these topics pop up in questions and challenges on HubPages. Begin with your own resume and look at it for potential topics and you may find several.
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ADDITIONAL WRITING SOURCE IDEAS
For additional ideas, I use Facebook, Twitter, email, and other networking sites to follow agencies and individuals connected with my experiences. This includes the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, National Geographic, IBM, the Smithsonian Institution, PBS, the US Department of Labor, major job search engines, several universities, several major cities, and a number of others.
My advice is to begin with your own largest areas of personal and professional experience and expand them to connect with related topics; then your pool of potential topics will grow in the near future.