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How to Get Past Writer's Block

Updated on August 12, 2016
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A professional career coach, Marcy has helped hundreds refine their resumes, improve their interviewing skills, and advance their careers.

How to Find Good Ideas for Stories

Writers' Block? Here's How to Find Story Ideas!

Has your brain stalled out on ideas for writing? Are you frantically looking for ideas for a writing contest, or something to freshen up your blog? You could be going about it the wrong way, and you may well be overlooking some great topics that are right under your nose. In any given day, you might encounter several (even dozens, in some cases) things that can inspire a story or article. The problem is, it’s sometimes hard to recognize potential stories. Here are some ways to get your creative juices flowing and go from a blank screen to an engaging article others will want to read.

A Writer's Tips on Inspiration

Where to Find Ideas for Articles to Write

How many times do you see something happen, hear a comment or experience something that makes you think, “Oh, I need to tell So & So about this!” If you just spotted something that might entertain or interest your best friend, spouse, Mom or Dad, or anyone else, for that matter, expand the idea a bit and see if it would be a good article. Did you hear an unusual story from a coworker? Did you see something that touched your heart or made you laugh? Maybe there’s a poem, story or interesting article in it.

What did you see while you were on the way to work, or church, or taking the kids to school? Did the flower salesman on the corner catch your interest? If you spotted something that made you curious, research it a bit and turn it into an article. Chances are, if it got your attention, it will be interesting to others, too.

Pay attention to your surroundings!

Find Writing Ideas in Your Own Neighborhood

What might be ‘old news’ to you because it's in your city or community might capture the imagination of thousands of others who live far away. People love the unusual, human-interest stories, adventure stories, how-to ideas and many other topics. If you’ve heard of something in your hometown, consider writing about it for readers beyond your local boundaries.

Do you have a neighbor who has a unique hobby? Does the local team have a heartwarming story? Did you see a brief news clip on a cute animal? Readers and web surfers want to see those stories, too!

Have you found your muse? Take this poll!

Do you struggle to find ideas?

See results

Write About Your Childhood or Past Experiences

Many very popular stories or articles have been written about something that happened years ago. If there’s a lesson in it, or if the story warms your heart, put it in writing. You can enrich the lives of others by recording them in an entertaining way.

Did you survive something challenging?

Self-help pieces and stories about overcoming challenges always attract readers. So many people have internal struggles; you can reach out to them and make them feel less alone by telling about your challenge, how you felt at the time, how you dealt with it or overcame it (or not), and what you learned from it. What do you know now that you wish you’d learned then? What advice or comfort can you give others?

Challenges come in many forms – some are life-altering situations such as a frightening disease, poverty, being fired or being the victim of a crime. Other challenges might be more subtle – were you incredibly shy? Did you grow up with a fear of speaking in public? Did you fail an important test? Did you work hard to learn a new sport or new skill? There’s a story in every minute of every day.

Change your Approach to Writing!

Perhaps you're trying to enter a contest or publish in a certain venue. Unless a personal anecdote or idea pops into your head instantly, you may be floundering for hours trying to come up with a way to fill your blank computer screen (or a sheet of paper, if that's your preferred way of writing). Change your strategy and come at it from the other side.

Rather than scratching your head for an idea that fits a venue (a magazine or website), start with the idea first and then find the right place to publish it.

Use the above tips to come up with ideas (you have a ton of them; you just don’t realize it yet), and then look for publications or sites that use that sort of content. You'll save valuable time by going about it that way. And you won't waste time by trying to retrofit and idea to fit a venue.

Did you see something interesting related to animals or pets? Search for venues that market to owners of dogs, cats, animals and other keywords related to pets.

Even if you don't find a venue right away, start developing the idea into an article or blog post. You'll find a good home for it, before you know it!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    LOL! I know what you mean, EyesStraightAhead! That list becomes like the 'to-do' list of household chores - lots of good intentions. But tracking ideas does help keep creativity flowing - so I hope yours finally get on paper or on the screen!!

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    Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

    Great ideas, Marcy! I have been keeping an idea book lately. I found that I would come out with ideas while I was out in town, watching tv, or other activities where it wasn't feasible to just write then and there. Now if I would just use that list and actually write the articles! :)

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, SilentReed - I do know what you mean about having an idea that slips away, or gets diverted. Try chanting your ideas outloud in the shower, repeating them enough to remember them when you're dried off and can write them down. Best of luck on tapping into all that creativity! I look forward to reading your work.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Nell - Yay! I'm thrilled this hub gave you some inspiration - can't wait to read your new hubs! Thanks for reading and letting us know your thoughts.

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    SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

    I often get ideas when I'm walking along the sidewalks. My attention gets diverted from the surrounding area as I delve deeper into the idea and try to flesh out the details of the thought. You can understand why this is not desirable, since one gets angry stares from other pedestrians one inadvertently bump into. It can also become dangerous as one cross the street. The photo of writing down your idea when taking a shower is what attracted me to this article. However, one of my problem is acquiring the kind of writing material which is waterproof and suitable inside a shower stall. I am not aware if we have that here in the Philippines, but being a D.I.Y. person (and a cheapskate), I don't mind improvising. Do you have any suggestions? Another probable problem that may arise is that the change of environment may hinder or block the "idea" gathering process of my brain. Should I simulate the walking motion while taking a shower in order to trick the mind into thinking that we're outside pacing the sidewalks? :)

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Hi marcy, talk about well timed! lol! I was sitting here chewing my nails so to speak, and clicked on the hubpage feed, and there you were! thanks so much, so many good ideas, now I know what to do, thanks! lol!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Yay! I'm so glad to hear this, Emily! Thanks for letting me know, and please keep me updated about what you publish!

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    Emily T 5 years ago

    thank you for helping me get over my writers block this site gave me tons of ideas

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Tonipet - I'm glad you found some ideas you like here! Thanks so much for reading and commenting - I will watch for your hubs!

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    Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

    Marcy hello. All these tips are perfect, I believe I needed them all to enhance my writing. Coming up with new ideas is really a challenge. Very helpful hub. THANK YOU!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Prairieprincess - I'm so glad the hub is helpful! I've had the feast or famine cycle, too. I started writing a list of ideas, though, and it grew quickly. Now, when the idea well starts drying up, I refer to the list and go back to the strategies mentioned here. We all have unique things to share and information others will crave.

    Thank you for reading and commenting!

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    Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

    Thanks for this. I sometimes have trouble coming up with ideas but other times, I have far too many. Both situations are hard. This was some great advice. Thank you for this!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Sharyn - I hope you are able to write a list of your ideas and get them published! Keeping a list helps tremendously.

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Great inspiration Marcy. I tend to have many ideas, love brainstorming lists. But many times, that is where my ideas remain. Thank you for this motivating hub. Sharyn

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, jenabouka - what kind words! Thank you for reading and commenting - I will watch for your hubs. It's easy to get terrified of the audience we can't even see, but everyone here is supportive, and I know you will get great feedback!

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    jenubouka 5 years ago

    Bookmarked this for sure! Sally trove include this awesome hub in one hers which I am thankful I clicked on the link. As I commented in hers: I can think of a million things to write about, however when I face the screen I then think of a million things do to away from it. The fear of a badly written hub or a poor reception of it terrifies me. But this hub inspires me to give it a go. Thank you!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, rtburroughs2 - I know what you mean! Oh, the stories we could tell . . .

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    Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

    I especially liked the part about using things from your past. I have a few thing hiding there myself.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Violet! I'm so glad you found ideas here! I will watch for your hubs!

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    VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    Saw this in Facebook, and glad I read it. I found your tips very helpful!

    Vote up!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks for reading and commenting, rtburroughs2 - I hope you find some helpful ideas when you have a chance to read through the hub!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Alecia! Your hubs always inspire us - I appreciate your comments!

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    Robert Burroughs 5 years ago

    I added this to my +1's so that I can read the whole article later. I liked what I have read so far.

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    Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    Yeah sometimes it's hard to think of things to write about but for the most part, I'm pretty good coming out of a funk. I just think or listen to music or try something and it works. But I love your ideas. Sometimes it happens quite naturally and it produces the best results. Great hub!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    How great, FaithDreams! Please let us know what you publish next!

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    FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

    This is a great and resourceful article. Thanks for the tips. I have some ideas already!!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Sam209 - I'm so glad you found it helpful!

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    sam209 5 years ago

    One of the most useful hubs I've ever read! Thanks Marcy!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Melovy - you write such great hubs, I can't wait to see some of your new ideas. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Omigosh, theking2020 - did I pay you to say that or something? Your comment is one for me to frame and keep forever. Thanks!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Ruchi! I think if people go about it the 'other way,' they will find many Answers that fit ideas they come across. It's been that way for me, so far.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Kelleyward - you don't know how happy that makes me! Just think how rich this site would be if everyone here got in touch with the many ideas they could turn into hubs?

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Sinea - I think your hubs are so informative, too - I'm glad to know you here!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    What great new, Jessi - I will watch for your hubs - can't wait to see them!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, I do hope you keep a running list of those drive-by ideas, barbergirl! You'll be surprised at the way they add up!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you for reading and commenting, thoughtforce. Once you start jotting down random ideas, they will flow like crazy!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Wow - thank you for the great comment, Martie! I'm so pleased you like the hub.

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    Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

    This is a great hub, and very interesting. When I started on HubPages I had mainly written fiction and wasn’t sure I had enough expertise to write about many non-fiction subjects, but the longer I’m here the longer my list of subjects to write about grows and I answered number 4 in the poll. I think having confidence in your ideas is the main thing and you suggestions should give people the confidence that they can come up with ideas.

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    theking2020 5 years ago

    Every time I see in the Hub news an article of yours all I can see is another masterpiece been written. Another awesome hub.

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Informative hub Marcy. The Tips are helpful.

    Also with the questions/answers contest. Hubbers can always ponder over the many questions poured out by our fellow hubbers and make a hub out of it.

    Voted up as useful and sharing it!

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    kelleyward 5 years ago

    Excellent ideas! I seem to have more ideas than time. However after reading this I discovered even more ideas for hubs. Thanks so much! Great information. Voted useful!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    These are all great suggestions. I am fond of "how to" articles when I leaf through a magazine or even watch something on TV so often my ideas come in the form of teaching how to do something.

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    Jessica Rangel 5 years ago from Lancaster, CA

    This Hub Couldn't have come at a better time! I'm getting ready to write a few Hubs, and I'm looking for inspiration online! Thank you for writing this! I feel like I can write all next months Hubs now!

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    What a great hub. Occasionally I find that I have the ideas flowing but just lack the motivation to actually get them down. I attribute it to having too much on my mind. In a way it is a form of writer's block because I still dont' get mcuh done! However, this is a great read full of great information!

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    Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

    Thanks for this inspiring hub! Like many others, I have many ideas but limited time. But even if I have ideas it isn't always they turn into finished articles. I need to feel the joy of writing on a topic and I agree with you that the best articles often come from ordinary things. I will bookmark this and read it again when I find myself staring at an empty page on the screen and when all ideas seem stupid! Voted up, interesting, useful and more

    Tina

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    Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

    Marcy Goodfleisch – OMGosh, I like that notebook in the shower. Lol! What a frustration: The ideas one gets in the shower, and by the time one is ready to write them down, they are gone! With all the water down the drain :))

    Marcy this is an excellent hub that will surely twist the mind of many writers who have problems recognizing stories and topics to write about.

    Voted up and extremely inspiring :))

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Savanahl - Since we have a new HP contest starting (even as we speak!), I hope this helps you find ideas for great hubs!

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    savanahl 5 years ago

    Thanks for the great information. Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with a topic to write about. You give some really great and applicable ideas here that I can apply right now. Thank you for sharing.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Jaspals - thanks so much for reading and commenting! Hope this helps you find ideas in new places!

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    Jaspal Singh 5 years ago from India / Australia

    This hub is very helpful and loaded with great ideas! Well done! Really inspirational

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Rajan - thanks for reading and commenting! I agree - we need to capture those odd-moment inspirations and write them down!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks for reading and commenting, justateacher! By the way - there's no such thing as 'just' a teacher! You are the people who shape our future; thanks for what you do!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Gail - I'm glad to meet you here, and I look forward to reading your hubs!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Time is a problem for me, too, alocsin! You always write incredibly interesting hubs, by the way - I've learned a lot from them.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Rob Allen - thanks so much for your kind comments! I'm so glad you found the hub helpful!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, homesteadbound! I get tons of great information and ideas from your hubs, too! I'm so glad I can repay even a fraction of what you give us in your writings!

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Marcy, great tips and observations. Ideas strike at the oddest of times. Sometimes when one is going to sleep or when one is reading an article. In fact if one keeps the eyes and ears open there should not be any dearth of ideas.

    Thanks for this hub.

    Voted up & useful.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, xstatic - welcome to HubPages! I know what you mean about finding the right photos; that adds time to things. Eventually, you do get a knack for it, and it goes faster, though. I look forward to. Seeing more of your hubs!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, thumbi7 - I appreciate your comments!

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    LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

    I am going through a writer's block right now!!! I usually have some decent ideas and usually my students inspire me...but right now...no ideas! Thanks for the ideas you have!

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    GDiBiase 5 years ago from Portland, ME

    Hi Marcy,

    Fabulous list!

    Thanks

    Gail

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Ideas aren't a problem with me but finding the time to write about them is. However, these are helpful suggestions to inspire everyone. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

    Marcy you never fail to amaze me. You have been writing useful hubs everyday and I can't help but say,"hey, I am a fan!".

    "You can enrich the lives of others by putting your memories in writing."--Yes, I strongly agree. Hubpages is like a free range online writing community, you can write almost everything even the stories from your past that you deem would touch others lives. :)

    Thank for sharing your thoughts Marcy!You have been very helpful! Voted Up and Shared! :)

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    Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

    This is truly a great hub. I love reading your hubs. You have so many wonderful things to share. I am bookmarking this one should I ever find myself short on ideas. Thanks so much! SHARING! Voting up and across except funny!

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    Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Really inspirational! I have only one Hub so far, but have read a whole lot of good ones like this. I don't have trouble finding what to write about, but it takes a bit to get it all wrapped up, especially the photos!

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    JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

    This is interesting. It will be a definite guide to people with thought blocks.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    I'm so glad you found some kick-start incentives here, RealHousewife! Can't wait to see your next hub!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, zzron - I think I will edit the hub and remind people to keep a list. I'm so glad you liked the hub!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, teaches12345 - I hope they are helpful at some point.

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    Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    This is a great hub! I sometimes have plenty of ideas and lack some kind of motivation to complete a hub. I hoped to get a kick start to finish one I am currently working on by reading this - it really helped! Thank you:)

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    zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

    This was very useful. Your picture of the note pad in the shower got my attention because it reminded me of my hub about getting more traffic but you didn't really mention writing the ideas down. You are right about ideas to write about are everywhere. Voted up and useful.

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    Your suggestions are good in sparking ideas that may work in writing. I am going to keep this handy as a reference when writer's block hits.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Vinaya - I'm glad you found them useful!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Dr. Ope - hope you find some ideas here that work for you. I will look for your hubs!

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    Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

    I'm freelancer and I devote my time writing. I have to write at least three articles every week, and I'm always looking for ideas. Your tips are very interesting. thanks for sharing.

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    Olive Ellis 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips Marcy. Many times I have the writer's block and just cannot get my 'juices' flowing. Very educational! Keep sharing.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Sparklea - thanks for the comments! Some of us are going to try to do the 30/30 challenge as part of the March 'Know it All' contest (there's a link for it at the top of the screen). If you check the Forum, you'll see a thread about the 30 challenge. Please feel free to join in! Not all of the 30 hubs need to be part of the contest; we just thought it would be fun to tie it into the March HP event. I think a few people are doing a 15/30 challenge. Let us know if you're in!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Way to go, Golfcart! Keep a list of ideas going, and you'll find you start thinking of more stories than you can write! Hope to see your new hubs very soon.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Lord - I guess when we have plenty of ideas and not enough time, we have an entirely different problem, don't we? It's a challenge to focus and prioritize, too.

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    Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    THANK YOU Marcy! Not sure how to get into the March challenge, I'll research it. VERY busy but trying to fit in more writing time on HubPages. Your suggestions are great, I always enjoy reading your Hubs. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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    Amanda Tallman 5 years ago from Vermont

    Thank you for the great tips! I have been suffering from writers block myself and I haven't been able to come up with good hub materials for about a week, but today I was finally able to sit down and come up with something to write about.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Hi Marcy,

    Like other fellow writers said. There is so much to write, but the time is short. You start an idea, then is time go do something else. Great tips and I appreciate this quality hub, made from the heart.Voting this up

    LORD

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    I think I'm in your boat, Anamika - I have a lot of ideas, and I'm looking forward to the March Challenge to help me focus on putting them into writing. Best of luck to you and everyone else who is in the group!

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    Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    I do not lack ideas... I have plenty. But I have too much other works I do that I have not been writing much. I definitely have to take up time to do some serious writing which is why I am in the March Challenge of 30 hubs in 30 days.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Curiad - hope your muse is always there for you!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks for reading and commenting, randomcreative! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank, rsusan - you are right; after the first few lines, it will flow!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Sally's Trove - what an incredible compliment! I hope everyone realizes how many stories are right in front of their eyes each day. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    So true, SanneL! If I had a nickel - oh, never mind! I'll get depressed if I think about it!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Millionaire Tips - I think you should write hubs on those ideas! There are so many ways to make one little idea appeal to many people!

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    Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Thank you for the great tips Marcy! I think most of can use these at one time or another.

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Great list, Marcy! Thanks!

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    Rika Susan 5 years ago from South Africa

    Great ideas to get new Hub ideas flowing, Marcy! Practical and doable. And, yes, most of us do have life experiences that can really be helpful to others. It is often surprising to discover how much we have been learning from these experiences, almost without realizing it. Get those first lines down and the rest will come...

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    Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    These are super tips for creating a piece of writing. Your Hub reminds me of Eudora Welty's reflection on the core of inspiration: "I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within." The trick, as you express so well, is to pay attention. Even the smallest things around you, and within you, have a story for you to tell. Up and useful!

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    SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

    So many ideas so little time! Lol! This is however a wonderful hub with great ideas! Bookmarked in case my muse decide to disappear for a while.

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    These are great ways to come up with hub topics. I am one of those people who have more topics in my head than I could possibly ever write, although I do hesitate and wonder if it will be "good enough." Voted up.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, Pete - I know exactly what you mean! I finally started keeping a list, and it helps a lot. Even a little one-liner can keep those ideas from 'going down the drain!'

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, ktrapp - thanks for reading and commenting! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    LOL! You are funny, Ardie - especially when I know the great hubs you always write! Hope these are helpful on those days when you're stumped!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, ckimani! I hope you're able to get ideas from these strategies!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Susan - these ideas have always helped me; I hope they help others!

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    Pete 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I find that the moment I experience the next "idea", I have to, have to, have to jot it down or that perfect idea gets lost amongst the myriad of other things I have going on in any one day. Gotta love my notes app on my iPhone for those times! Inspiring hub... thanks.

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    Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

    Marcy, This is such a useful hub. I love a lot of your suggestions, especially the ones reminding us that something that seems like old news to us may be interesting and useful to someone in the world-side audience that may find our hubs.

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    Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

    Hi Marcy! This is a timely Hub for me - meaning I will use it all the timely...or something like that :D I ALWAYS have writer's block. I sit and I want to write but I freeze. I have so many jumbled thoughts in my head that I can't filter and sort through them to know which ideas are a grocery list and which ideas are Hub-worthy. Im bookmarking this to come back when I need help! Thank you and voted up and all sorts of other things.

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    ckimani 5 years ago from Kenya

    Thank you for the great article, really helpful

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Great suggestions for overcoming writers block and when looking for ideas on what to write about.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Sunshine - hope you find the time to finally write all your great ideas into hubs and articles!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Jeannie - I know what you mean about the spurts and dry spells!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Jon - I'm glad you liked it! Hope it helps you spot those hidden stories!

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I have tons of ideas, but not the time. This hub is very helpful and loaded with great ideas! Well done!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Great hub! I go through spurts when I have so many ideas I don't even have the time to write them all. Then I go through times (like now) when I feel like I am trying to squeeze ideas out of my brain. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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    Jonathan McCloskey 5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

    This is a nice hub to get the juices flowing, an excellent read.

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