5 Questions To Ask Yourself To Find New Topic Ideas - Questions For When You're Choosing Topics
Whether you are trying to choose a topic for a research paper, debate, a HubPages hub, a Squidoo lens, or pretty much anything else, you can use certain guidelines that make it easier to come up with ideas.
I often found myself with "writer's block" when it came to selecting a topic for my hubs or blog articles until I began using the 5 questions below. You may find asking yourself these questions helpful. This will allow you to come up with useful topics for your written content, both online and offline:
1. "What Am I Passionate About?"
Finding your passions is a great way to get new topic ideas, because you will have a strong interest level in any of these things. That interest level can really help carry you through the more tedious aspects of writing, especially the research process. Choosing a topic you are passionate about will be fun for you, and you will have a lot of great personal insight to offer readers, due to your familiarity with the subject matter. Draw upon your personal experiences and provide useful, unique content.
Write up a list of all the things that you love to do or are excited about discussing or investigating. You'll have a variety of great topics to choose from.
Examples: Motorcycles, Poetry, Industrial Music, Saving Money, Conspiracy Theories, Vampires
2. "What Do I Have Problems Doing?"
This is one way to not only find a topic that will benefit readers, but benefits yourself, as well. Identifying topic ideas from the types of things you have problems doing will ensure that your research time is well spent. You'll be learning to improve the lives of others with the same problems, and also improving your own life in the process.
Write up a list of all the things that you have problems accomplishing.
Examples: Saying "No", Being On Time, Being Organized, Staying Motivated, Finding Lost Objects
3. "What Am I Afraid Of?"
Choosing a topic that related to a fear you have can be a great opportunity to reduce that fear by giving yourself information that helps empower you over it. You can bet that if you have a fear, you're not alone with it. Many readers will find these topics to be very helpful and engaging.
Write up a list of all the things you are afraid of or worry about.
Examples: Being alone, Taxes, Bees, Failure, The Dark, Police
4. "What Could I Teach Someone Else To Do?"
Focusing on what skills you have that you could impart to others is a very good way to come up with practical topics with a how to sort of a feel to them. This can still be applied to a more general area, however, so if you're writing an essay or research paper, don't count it out until you've explorer ways you might be able to make this fit.
Write down all the different things that you could teach someone else to do.
Examples: Attach Files To An Email, Choose Matching Clothes, Write A Poem, Sign-Up For A HubPages Account
5. "What Would I Change If I Could Change Anything?"
Thinking of things you'd change if you had the ability is way to find new topic ideas and to help start making that change in the world that you are seeking. You'd be surprised just how easily a really good idea can spread and start taking hold. And if nothing else, you'll get people thinking and possibly inspire them to make a difference, too.
Examples: Tax rates, People Being Apathetic, The Amount Of Laws, Voting Requirements, Tabloid Journalism
More Ideas For Topics...
If you'd like even more ideas for topics, take a look at How To Choose Topics For A Hub. Even if you're not going to be writing on HubPages specifically, you'll still be able to use this to help you choose a topic, especially if you're looking for ideas for online writing.
What Do You Think?
Do you think these questions will help you select new topic ideas?
What methods do you use to come up with subjects?
More by this Author
Anton LaVey was an infamous musician, occultist, writer and the founder of The Church of Satan, which he oversaw as High Priest until his death on October 29, 1997. Lavey, who was born Howard Stanton Lavey, authored...
One of the most important aspects to being successful is mindset. In fact, some people argue that this is the single most important element, and that if you have a mindset that is welcoming and accepting of success,...
I recently signed up with RedGage, after hearing some positive things about it on HubPages from other authors. I liked the idea of getting paid for backlinks! That's a pretty sweet deal. I've spent enough time there to...