Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What Should I Write About Today? How to Develop New and Exciting Writing Topics

by M. J. Joachim

Choosing good topics to write about takes practice, but it’s not difficult to do. All you really need to do is think about what you already know or are learning. If you have a hobby, take the time to define it, literally. Analyze it and break it down into several different pieces. Use these detailed descriptions of intimate aspects of your subject matter to develop topics to write about.

Develop Clear Focal Points

Everyone washes laundry. By itself, that’s a pretty broad topic. However, when you start to analyze all the steps involved in washing laundry, you begin to realize that there are several different things you can discuss on this topic. You can write about different types of washing machines, doing the laundry at home or in a Laundromat, sorting clothes, removing stains, pre-soaking. The list is never ending. All you have to do is pick a focal point and write about it as your topic.

Debate Pros and Cons

People love to take sides about things. Pick a topic like mowing the lawn and discuss the pros and cons of using different types of lawn mowers. You can write one article discussing electric mowers, one article discussing push mowers, and another one discussing gas mowers. Simply list the pros and cons of each type of mower and let your audience decide if they agree with your assessment or not.

Compare and Contrast

While we’re on the subject of mowers, you could compare using an electric mower against using a gas mower. You might even conduct a little experiment detailing time, energy and expense of using each to include in your article. Stress the pros and cons of each mower, and then list them to show your readers how the two items are the same and different.

Consumer Reports does this all the time. They pick several similar products and test them. Then they share the results with the public so consumers can decide how to best spend their money.

Enhance a Narrow Topic

Instead of narrowing down a broad topic, work backwards and open up a clearly defined topic. Take for instance an extremely focused article on how to make New York Style Cheesecake. You can develop topics based on the history of New York Style Cheesecake. How did it get its name? What are the origins of its ingredients? Where can you find the best recipe adaptation of it? How do you make cream cheese? And let’s not even get started on all the topics you might come up with related to New York.

Finding new topics to write about can be turned into a bit of a game. Write down a main theme in the center of your paper, and then make a web with all the different things you might be able to say about it. Once you make the first tier, expand on it, ever extending your web further out into new and different possible topics. In no time at all, you’ll have more topics to write about than you ever dreamed of. The hard part will be finding time to write all your new articles.

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M. J.

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