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What do you write when you don't know WHAT to write?

  1. BennyTheWriter profile image72
    BennyTheWriterposted 7 years ago

    Hey Hubbers,

    I'm wondering how you deal with this issue as writers.  When you don't feel passionate or you're not an expert in something, OR when you feel like you've exhausted all of your knowledge in your particular niche, what do you write about?  How do you find new topics to explore in your writing?

    1. goldenpath profile image72
      goldenpathposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Every now and then the brain needs something to start the "firing" sequence.  Do something different!  If you don't bowl - go bowling.  If you don't camp - go camping.  If you don't like meeting new people - go next door and converse with a neighbor.  Don't like to shop - go shop elsewhere or just cruise the available stores for ideas.  All these and more are designed to get the mind working.  It's called commerce but it's also good for writing.

      Good luck! smile

      Another good one is visiting historical markers or sites.

  2. thooghun profile image82
    thooghunposted 7 years ago

    When writer's block grips me, and I don't have a schedule (beyond my own) to satisfy I tend to write on my personal blog.

    I do have a failsafe way to get back in the mood though. For some reason taking a shower sparks a fountain of ideas.

    1. BennyTheWriter profile image72
      BennyTheWriterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That's pretty cool.  How do you know what to write on your personal blog, though?

      1. thooghun profile image82
        thooghunposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Anything I like wink

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image93
      Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      How do you write in the shower? Do you have one of those SpongePob iPads?

  3. relache profile image88
    relacheposted 7 years ago

    If I don't know what to write, I just go do something else.  The less I stress about it, the faster ideas come to me.

  4. Ivorwen profile image72
    Ivorwenposted 7 years ago

    When I don't feel like writing anything that I feel is suited to hubpages, I write blog posts about the things that are on my mind.  I have a couple of blogs that are very focused, for niche writing.  I also have a personal blog were I share what ever I want to -- quotes I find inspiring, antidotes from my day, concerns, thoughts, and occasionally a rant.

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    SilverGenesposted 7 years ago

    This is when I take a break and get out of the house. The world is rife with inspiration. Take a bus ride if you usually drive and see what happens. Try the "what if" thing... you just let your imagination go and tell a story from something simple you observe. Also, I read more. I get a lot of inspiration from other writers - not copying their ideas, just letting something leap out at me.

  6. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 7 years ago

    Sometimes I'll just wait until a question pops into my head and then I'll just use the research I do to find out the answer as an excuse to write an article.

  7. lisabeaman profile image81
    lisabeamanposted 7 years ago

    My love of writing comes from my love of reading. So when I'm stuck, I stop trying and go back to my first love. I really like to break out some classic novels. Diving in to one of those always seems to re-energize my creativity.

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago


    It's all right there, all you need.

    1. tonymac04 profile image89
      tonymac04posted 7 years agoin reply to this

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      I don't know, I'm getting a bit confused here?

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    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    @Tony big_smile

  10. jondav profile image76
    jondavposted 7 years ago

    I don't write anything if i can't muster the enthusiasm or idea.