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How do you choose your topics?

Updated on August 27, 2013

This is a good question. You don’t always dive and choose a topic from thin air. It is not like clicking one's fingers and coming up with a subject or topic, it does not quite work like that.

Once that pool of experience in your mind begins to run out and the ideas you want to write about is exhausted, the mind starts screeching like a choking train.

The beauty of writing is that as a start it does not depend on your own doing, dare I say, it’s like borrowing things, and putting them into your own perspective. I am not here, talking about God forbid, plagiarizing or copying but more like looking at the best ideas and concepts which may be quite elastic running from news to reading books, treatise, magazines or just informed opinion and analysis.

It all depends on what you want to write as you have to keep an open mind about this because you have to ask not only what interests you, what interests the public, and what is currently in their imagination: What is the current issues, topics, trends, happenings in your community, on the national level and the world.

This involves judicious reading, getting the information in your head, and building on that through more reading up till the point were you start categorizing information first in your head and then putting them down on paper.

Your mind has to become saturated with information to the extent the ink starts to flow by itself or dripping from your fingers.

The reading become the source of your topics. The more expansive you become in your reading, listening and watching, the easier it is for that well to be replenished. The ideas, a multitude of them and so diverse, come brimming to the surface, where all you have to do is just pluck at them and just start choosing whatever topic you want.

As a writer, and wanting to be a serious writer you must keep your eyes and ears to the ground, reading, watching televisions, listening to the radio and looking at news websites, to consume yourself with information.

All this replenishes the intellectual well and all you to keep picking and choosing. Make it a force of habit to look at the newspaper on a daily basis, to watch television and scan the websites where all sorts of ideas congregate and twist and turn.

Of course, we must not forget that good ideas can just come out of a casual conversation you are having with a friend or a colleague were an idea pops up, and you can write it down and expand on it.


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    • marwan asmar profile image

      Marwan Asmar 4 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Cheers Gypsy, yes, it is actually quite amazing where you can get ideas from

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Great advice and ideas. I look most everywhere because I've discovered that sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.