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18 Essay Topics That Will Get You Out of That Writer's Block

Updated on June 12, 2019
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Kate writes articles that corresponds to her thoughts and perspective. Anything from major world theories to unnecessary how-to's.

Having writer’s block? No words spark the right idea? Need a little boost to help the creative well going?

From high school essays to your own personal blog, here are a few essay topics to get you started!


Writer’s block

What better to write about than your own situation at this very moment? Sometimes, the very thing to get the creative juices flowing is to write about your own struggle. Who knows, you can even learn how to cope with it by taking your own advice. Defeat writer’s block by writing about it. Ironic, isn’t it?

Help our readers defeat writer's block. Tell us your own tricks and suggestions on the comment section below.

Tips and tricks, some how-to's and add your own flare

It doesn’t have to be anything complicated. What’s important is that you know about it. Add a touch of creativity and it will attract readers.


Beauty, skincare, makeup

Do you love doing your makeup? Do you have skincare tricks that you don’t think anyone has discovered yet? Start writing a how-to article or a beauty product review that will surely help our aspiring beauty loyalists out there. Or better yet, use the concept of skincare and makeup in tackling relevant issues. You can also use it to contrast or conform with your own philosophy.


A funny experience

Think about any ridiculous moment in your life. Add your own quirk. You can even exaggerate the little details. It doesn’t have to be yours. It doesn't even have to be real, but it will surely force you to create.

Expand an interesting quote, a poem, or a short story

A short quote can make us feel strong emotions that we often want to let out. The right poem can spark hidden feelings. A good story can relate to us on a whole different level. Start with one and you’ll find yourself writing one word after another. Below are some sample quotes you can expand.

You have to die a few times before you can really live.

— Charles Bukowski

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

— Sun Tzu

Respond to a hate comment

Don’t let that negativity get you down. Use it to your own advantage to create something. But always remember to choose your words carefully. Don't let it cloud you up. Stay clear-headed. Be honest, constructive, and positive. And never hateful or boastful.

An open letter to your future self

If you could give yourself a piece of advice 10 years from now, what would you say? No one else knows you but you, so there is no one better to write about this than you.

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Describe your current situation

If you are finding it very hard to continue lavishing your current essay with adjectives, use your own predicament to aid you. Write about every little detail beautifully, using any word you can come up with. You'd surprise yourself how much you can talk about the simple things like the chair you're sitting on, for example. This is a good exercise for writers to practice their technique.

A conspiracy theory

Do you like unsolved mysteries? Curious facts? Weird coincidences? Find a fascinating one and share your thoughts about it. You can even be a creator.


An unsolved crime

If you find yourself watching crime documentaries on Netflix and somehow fascinated with serial killers and unsolved murders, then this will surely get you going.

Health and Lifestyle

Talk about exercise, talk about what you eat in a day, or even your mental health. These topics can help you connect with people going through the same things as you and you may find that you are not alone after all.


Something you have strong opinions about

It could be about plastics in the ocean or the drastic price increase in your school cafeteria. Absolutely anything.

Relationships, friendships, social circles

Have you finally found your friendship circle? Are you having troubles defining your current relationship status? Whatever it is, write it.


A creative take on school subjects (mathematics, science, literature, etc.)

Are you in high school? Do you hate studying and reading those boring textbooks? Well, I have a simple solution. Pick a simple topic from any of your subjects and use them to relate whatever is going on in your life right now. It is absolutely up to you.


Your Personal Problems

You don’t have to publish it publicly, just write about it. Letting it out can help you unleash your pent up frustration and you’ll find yourself writing again in no time.

Something absolutely mundane

If you’re extremely bored, write an essay about your fingernails. Speak poetically to your breakfast cereal. Or better yet, write an ode to pineapples.

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A book review

You always have something to say about a book. Do you love it? Do you hate it? How do you feel about the main character?

Something or someone you’re really passionate about

This is really important. We often outsource what we write about. We look for things that other people are interested in. Why don’t you start writing about what interests you? Things you are very passionate about. This will guarantee that you will start to type out words instantly.


It can be very frustrating to get out of a writer’s block. There’s almost no way out once you’re in it. Sometimes you start an essay and immediately throw it out after you are a couple of sentences in. Seventeen tossed papers later, and you still haven’t finished anything.

Perhaps you have not found the right topic yet. But take your time. Dig deep and you will get there. Write from the heart. Write about what makes you feel.

And most importantly, finish it.


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