How to establish an Academic Essay Topic

Given the choice and absolutely no restrictions, what would you write about? If writing is your passion you probably came up with a good few ideas in the time it took to read that sentence alone but sometimes, even for enthusiastic writers, the ideas can seem to disappear just when you need them the most. When writer’s block strikes before your first words even hit the page, these methods can help you get going.

  1. Find some inspiration
  2. Whatever field you are writing in is surely populated by greater and lesser writers than yourself. If you have the time, look over their work. What made the good topics exceptional? How did the bad topics fall short? The intention is not to become a carbon copy of any other writer but to figure out what sorts of essays are suited to your assignment and how to select a topic in that vein.

  3. Focus
  4. Distraction is a part of our everyday life. “Mono-tasking” is now somewhat deviant and actively choosing to engage in it may seem strange at first. The rewards are well worth that initial discomfort. Find a relatively quiet place, turn off every device that could possibly divert you from your task and just think. I understand that the mere suggestion can lead to hyperventilation for many people. That makes it all the more necessary. The world is full of poor imitators and one of the best ways to create something new is to listen to yourself attentively and write what you hear.

  5. Seek genuine critiques
  6. Everyone thinks their baby is the most beautiful in the world and to many academics, their essay topic seems absolutely flawless. Confidence is a wonderful trait to have but when it blinds you to your own failings it may be time to get a second opinion. Perhaps you will benefit from a simple addition to the topic or a narrowing of focus that seems unnecessary to you until explained by someone else. This type of assistance is invaluable but remember never to solicit it from someone who feels obligated to spare your feelings. Eventually your essay will end up in the hands of someone who does not see you as worthy of special treatment and you will be glad to know that it can stand up to that level of scrutiny.

Now that you have read these tips there’s no better time than the present to start writing and put them to good use!