Taking good care to choose the best topic is essential for research essays. This choice goes a long way – it can predict the type of writing approach, or the references you’d need. The wrong choice, on the other hand, forecasts difficulties or overwhelming challenges ahead.
In simple terms, a topic can make or break your essay.
Hence, do not opt for simply picking the favourite, or sticking to the standard topics. I, for one, carefully select an interesting topic for my research essays. Yes, ‘interesting’ – that is the main attribute that I long to find for my research pieces.
In fact, if it’s not interesting, might as well not write a thing and do other chores of which will render me productive. Because, like it or not, an uninteresting topic, would hardly make me finish the essay. I would either get sleepy, or become frustrated about my piece.
So, how do we come up with something interesting?
- Do the basic: research. This little measure can help you uncover the gems that abound a particular topic. Besides, the most interesting topics are seldom obvious.
- Bask in questions. Generating questions is crucial to activating our radar for the interesting topic. It makes us curious, moves us to read more and later consider: “Hey, why not try this topic for my research essays?”
- Jot things. Whether it’s relevant or not, write it down. I have observed that doing this makes it easy to spot a connection between ideas or concepts – connections or relationships that are, indeed, worthy to be put on as a research essay.
- Start a short brief. You may write it as a short narrative or story. Whatever the form, make sure to include putting the objective of your piece, the focal point to discuss, as well as, highlight some preliminary arguments.
- Study that brief. The written brief should render it ready for you to judge if your topic is good to go. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
- Do more research. This research should be able to substantiate some of the assumptions you are putting in your brief. If you think it’s fantastic, then write on.
Bonus tip: I usually take my briefed topic for my research essays to tutors just to be sure.