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64 Interesting Topics to Write About

We have  interesting topics to write about … and lots of them for you. Plus, whether you’re 8 or 80, our interesting topics to write about — or talk about (more on that soon) — will help you have a better connection to your values, ideas, emotions, and personal experiences.

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Because we are huge fans of writing, it is our primary focus of this blog post. Of course, you may opt to talk about these topics that are interesting rather than write or journal about them. And that’s wonderful, too.

I like to say that whether you have written one journal entry or 100 journal entries, the practice of daily writing can and will have a positive impact on your life. That’s why, to help you on your writing or journaling journey, I’ve crafted the following 64 interesting topics to write about in your journal or elsewhere.

How you choose to use these interesting topics — be it talking or writing — just be sure to use and enjoy them to the max. I know you’ll be glad you did.

Use these interesting topics and prompts as a canvas to which you pour your thoughts onto.

I hope you enjoyed this list of interesting ideas. If you need even more inspiration, there are more ideas and topics listed below for you to discover and use. So, read and scroll on!

Why We Love Offering You Interesting, Great Topics

It might be time to face it: Your effectiveness in life may not what it could be. Perhaps you’re missing out if, as each day passes, you have little to show for it.

For example, did you help someone yesterday? Go somewhere fun? Did you say something regretful and not apologize for it? Is there a decision you’d like to change?

While these specifics may become a blur over time, what you do know is that you want to remember them.

That’s why…

Keeping your decisions and choices etched into your memory bank can help you to avoid making the same mistakes again down the road.

It can also help you to remember the aspects of your life that are well-lived. This is precisely why I encourage you to get to it and use these interesting topics and prompts as a canvas on which you pour your thoughts onto.

15 Favorite Things (More Ideas to Write or Talk About)

For those more reluctant writers, non-writers, or conversation enthusiasts, I suggest you use the time-tested favorites list. Bonus! They could also double as a wonderful list of conversation starters. These topics are simple ideas that nearly everyone can answer without much effort.

If the favorites list wasn’t enough to spark your imagination, check out this list…

13 Topics That are Interesting to Talk or Write About

Ok, now I have one final list of ideas for you. The ideas on this one may make for interesting conversation topics, yet the topics could also be used as writing prompts. It’s really about your preference.

More Writing Topic List Resources for You

Looking for more writing inspiration? We have prompts for writing short stories, essay writing, persuasive writing, prompts for teenagers, and more! If science fiction, expository essays, or narrative writing are more your thing, we’ve got that covered, too!

Until next time, keep on writing…

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So you want to be the world's best online writer, a David Ogilvy of the blogs, a Shakespeare of the social media.

Or maybe you just want to be good enough to get by on freelance writing.

Then again, perhaps it's somewhere in between: you want to pen a beautiful marketing strategy or communicate well with your teammates .

No matter the case, the questions are the same: Where do you get your writing education? and How do you improve?

I faced these questions and still face these questions as I aim to keep improving as an online writer. I majored in journalism in college. There wasn't a content marketing course back in the day.

Everything I've learned has been self-taught.

And I'd love to share some of my favorite lessons.

I've emptied my swipe file. What you see here is everything I've got. You want to learn more about writing for the web, content marketing, the most persuasive way to communicate online. Here's the place to start.

The Nuts and Bolts of Web Writing

1. stock & flow: the ideal writing mix for your online content.

by Robin Sloane, Snark Market

Stock is your evergreen, tentpole content that draws traffic from the moment of publish to the end of time. Flow is the filler, the stuff that keeps your blog churning or your social media streams full. Check out the article for details.

2. David Ogilvy's 10 Most Valuable Lessons on Advertising

by Gregory Ciotti

David Ogilvy is widely considered the father of modern advertising, and his 10 most valuable lessons contain advice that worked when he wrote it in the 1960s and that work for online writers today. Here’s lesson #2 of 10.

The temptation to entertain instead of sell is contagious. - Gregory Ciotti

3. Web Copy That Sells: 9 Can’t-Fail Formulas

by Karri Stover, Business 2 Community

Pretty much the cream of the crop for copywriting formulas. Appetizer. Main course to follow.

4. The Minimalist’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer

by Demian Farnworth, Copybot

Simple tips in 3 basic categories—reading, writing, and critiquing—to help you be a better writer.

4. If Don Draper Tweeted: The 27 Copywriting Formulas That Will Drive Clicks and Engagement

by Kevan Lee, Buffer

Shameless plug alert! I wrote this article, but I didn’t really write it. All the formulas listed here are the incredible work of super smart writers and advertisers. It’s all them, none me.

6. My All Time Favorite Blog Post And Why It's So Great

by Jason Miller

Jason’s post on LinkedIn offers a great review of the factors that go into an all-time great post. Just a sampling of factors:

Unique voice

Easy to read

Has personality

Has fantastic visuals

Useful and inspiring

7. Minimum Viable Personality

by FakeGrimlock

Here’s the post that Jason Miller references as his “favorite blog post” of all time. It’s written from the point of view of a dinosaur.

8.  Master This Copywriting Formula to Dominate Any Social Media Platform

by Demian Farnworth, Copyblogger

This one’s great if you want to get deep into one, single, can’t-miss formula for writing on social media or blogs.

Content Marketing Advice

9. why content marketing fails.

by Rand Fishkin

It’s an article wrapped in a SlideShare with amazing takeaways for articles. If you work backward from the title (Why Content Marketing Fails), you’ll have a pretty awesome case for How Content Marketing Succeeds.

10. 12 Things You Should Be Using Your Blog For (Besides Blogging)

by Corey Eridon, HubSpot

My favorite tip: Go into your old blog posts and make them great.

11. Use this Hollywood Secret to Write Addicting Opt-In Copy

by Felicia Spahr, KISSMetrics

Spoiler alert: The secret is Open Loops, and they work like this (click through to the story for some cool examples, including one from Buffer):

Open Loops in TV shows are the equivalent of that cliffhanger that keeps you up at night, consuming your mind with thinking about what’s going to happen the next week, or that story line that was never quite explained. Those aren’t just “blips” in a script. They are put there so that it’s harder for people to get up off the couch than it is to stay and watch “just one more episode.” Felicia Spahr

12. 25 Lessons from 25 Months of Content Marketing

by Gregory Ciotti

One of my favorite lessons: Don’t forget about “solved” problems. In the case of Men’s Health, they’ve found that the market for fitness information is so great that their “solved” headlines can work over and over again.

13. 5 Breakthrough Techniques For Running A High-Traffic Blog

by Garrett Moon, CoSchedule

14. Agile Content Marketing: How to Attract an Audience That Builds Your Business

by Brian Clark, Copyblogger

15. I’ve been blogging for 8 years

by Jessica Hagy

A short, two-minute read, this fun piece on Medium hits on some of the unspoken truths of content marketing.

You have to make time to make things. And it’s worth it to find it and protect it. Jessica Hagy

16. The 6 Elements of a Powerful Blog Post

by Neil Patel, QuickSprout

17. How to Boost Your Blog Post Production Speed by 600%

by John O'Nolan, Ghost

If you’re looking for a new blogging method, give John’s a try. I was fortunate to stumble onto many of the techniques he mentions here (ideas, outlines, etc.) and I would have been better off for finding his post first.

18. 7 Marketing Diagrams That Explain Content Marketing

by Orbit Media

19. Publish Your Blog Post Without SEO, and 1000s of Visits Will Be Forever Lost

by Rand Fishkin for ProBlogger

20. 11 Common Blogging Mistakes That Are Wasting Your Audience’s Time

by Henneke, Copyblogger

I use this post to check in every so often to make sure I haven’t fallen into any of these bad habits. The need to publish daily is a constant one for me.

21. Guest Blogging Strategies that Helped Grow 36,733 Email Subscribers

22. from ideas to traffic results: how we run a blog with 700,000 readers per month.

by Belle Beth Cooper, Buffer

23. How to Find More Content Ideas than You’ll Ever be Able to Create

by Peter Shallard, Copyblogger

24. 28 Ways to Write Moneymaking Headlines

by Noble Direct Marketing

25. 5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post with a Bang

26. the 3 keys to effective guest posting.

by James Agate, ThinkTraffic

I started thinking about the possibilities of guest posting thanks to Think Traffic founder Corbett Barr’s blogposts and articles on the topic. This article (a guest post about guest posting—meta!) has some super advice.

27.  It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Present It

by A.J. Kohn, Blind Five-Year-Old

Here’s one that I failed to consider for a long time: the readability of what you write. Now I often picture what a post will look like as someone reads/scans, along with what I’ll actually be writing. How’d I do on this post by the way?

Writing inspiration

29.  how to be more creative in 5 simple steps.

by Jeremy Duvall, Crew

Creativity is 85 percent a learned skill. Wow. Really? If that’s the case, it’s so great to have resources like this one from Jeremy that cover the topic so deeply. The creativity training routine he outlines is top-notch.

30.  Your Life in Weeks

by Tim Urban, Wait But Why

Fair enough, this one has little to do with writing other than a huge motivation to make each day count.

31.  How to Be Great

by Leo Babauta, Zen Habits

I wish I could copy/paste the whole thing right here so you could read right away. Every time I breeze through this one I want to go out and create something.

32.  Failure Is an Option

by Chase Reeves, Fizzle

One hurdle I often face with writing something is a fear that it might fail. Turns out, failure is perfectly alright.

33.  The Creators Code

by Hiut Denim Co, Medium

A short one from Medium, this 60-word manifesto is a superb reminder of why and how we do what we do.

34.  At iDoneThis, we believe in taking it slow.

by Walter Chen, iDoneThis

The slow web movement is something really close to my heart and, I believe, close for a lot of writers, too. Online writing runs the risk of being shouted down by the noise of a busy Internet. What the team at iDoneThis has shared is that there’s another way—a quieter, simpler way that might just improve the writing work we all do.

35.  The 5000th post*

by Seth Godin

In typical Godin fashion, this one’s brief. But it does outline several of the lessons he’s learned in reaching the 5,000-post milestone. To paraphrase one of my favorite parts:

Don’t write because it’s your job, write because you can. Seth Godin

36.  What should you do to help your child pursue her dreams of becoming a writer?

by M. Molly Backes, Medium

First of all, let her be bored. Let her have long afternoons with absolutely nothing to do. Limit her TV-watching time and her internet-playing time and take away her cell phone. Give her a whole summer of lazy mornings and dreamy afternoons. Make sure she has a library card and a comfy corner where she can curl up with a book. Give her a notebook and five bucks so she can pick out a great pen. Insist she spend time with the family. It’s even better if this time is spent in another state, a cabin in the woods, a cottage on the lake, far from her friends and people her own age. Give her some tedious chores to do. Make her mow the lawn, do the dishes by hand, paint the garage. Make her go on long walks with you and tell her you just want to listen to the sounds of the neighborhood. M. Molly Backes

It gets better from there (and before there, too). Molly is a teacher and author who certainly knows her stuff. I want to print this article out and hand it to every middle school child.

37.  How To Hack Writing A Personal Essay

by Harris Sockel, Medium

Some really great, actionable tips in this one, going beginning to end with how to create a personal essay from scratch.

38.  How to Encourage More Creative Thinking

by Gregory Ciotti, Sparring Mind

Did you know: Dr. Seuss produced Green Eggs & Ham after he bet his editor he could produce an entire book in under 50 different words. Really cool insights and examples from Gregory.

39.  The 25 Greatest Quotes About Writing

via This Isn’t Happiness

Just a really great collection of inspiration. One of my favorites (from Kafka, kind of an ironic inspiration):

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Kafka

Writing productivity

40.  bring sanity to your to-do list with the 1-3-5 rule.

by Sam Spurlin, 99U

Write down one big thing, three medium things, and five little things to do each day. Then do them!

41.  How to Stop Procrastinating by Using The “2-Minute Rule”

by James Clear, Quora

James is one of my favorite voices on productivity and getting more from yourself and your day. The 2-Minute Rule breaks down like this (lots more examples and background in James’s post).

Part 1 — If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now.

Part 2 — When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.

42.  How I Write 8 Blog Posts a Week While Running 2 Companies

by Neil Patel, Quick Sprout

The headline here says it all. Neil is a busy guy, so it’s amazing to peek inside his writing process. I’ve adopted his “intro/conclusion” technique for the blogposts I write, and it’s been a big time saver.

43.  5 Ways to Instantly Become More Productive

by Steve Kamb, Nerd Fitness

Steve tells a great story (maybe it’s familiar to you): He used to publish blogposts according to a schedule and would always be up incredibly late the night before cramming for the post that needed to be written, edited, and published. He since found several hacks—really useful things like technology tips, tools, and strategies.

44.  The Origin of the 8-Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It

by Leo Widrich, Buffer

This was the first Buffer blogpost I ever read—and boy was it a good one! It set me down a path for thinking of productivity in a whole new way, not so structured as before but rather an intuitive approach where I listened more to how and when my body would respond. I’ve squeezed out a whole ton of extra writing because of it.

General interestingness

45.  pretty much everything i know about the news business.

by Sean Blanda, Medium

Sean’s article touches on a lot of journalism topics that can also fit for online writers, too. Things like understanding an audience and even the aforementioned stock and flow concept get mentioned here.

46.  The 7 Things Writers Need to Make a Living

by Sonia Simone, Copyblogger

A list of intangibles—more like love and confidence and less “a keyboard” and “a thesaurus”—this piece from Sonia is hugely relatable for those of us who write regularly.

47.  Here’s How Maria Popova of Brain Pickings Writes

by Kelton Reid, Copyblogger

I could have picked any number of “Here’s How X Writes” posts from the Copyblogger series, so narrowing it down was hard. Read several, or them all. Maria Popova’s interview was especially fascinating because she creates so much writing content all by herself, and she’s so well-versed in the writing of others.

48.  Making Your Writing Work Harder For You

by Patrick McKenzie, Kalzumeus

You’re waaay into my treasures box now. This link is an archived newsletter of Patrick’s that contains so much good stuff on writing, blogging, and marketing strategies. For instance, should you place the date on your blogposts? What types of content should you be posting? Patrick’s answers will get you thinking.

49.  The 20 Best Lessons from Social Psychology

by Zach Hamed, Medium

Quick, bite-sized snippets of psychology lessons that can help you understand the behavior of the people you’re writing for.

50.  A Brief History of Bloggering

by Giles Turnbull, The Morning News

A fake history, for that matter. A really funny piece that, in its own satirical way, sheds some light on what online writing has become. A snippet (that doesn’t really shed any light but is a bit humorous):

Depending on who you ask, the first bloggering happened in the late 1990s, when the web was still young, and clicking links to pages where you’d click more links was cool. This was in the days when the only use for an animated GIF was to tell people you were still working on your web page. Giles Turnbull

51.  Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle

by Elmore Leonard, New York Times

This piece originally appeared in the NYT in 2001, and it has tons of good takeaways for authors and writers in general. Stuff like “Never open with the weather” and “Never use an adverb to modify the verb ‘said.'”


Another fun one. Jokes. And a great one to end on.

Over to you

What are your favorite articles about writing? Feel free to share in the comments below or send them my way on Twitter . Excited to hear what you think!

Originally published on May 5, 2017. I add new, best articles as I find them.

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66 Ideas You Can Write About

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Let me guess:

You’re a prolific creator and can write over a thousand words a day easily.

Since you’ve to write regularly, you tend to run out of interesting topics to write about.

Alternatively, you write at leisure, but seriously want to complete the novel you recently started writing.

However, you face a lot of resistance in typing those first few words, in every writing session.

The fundamental problem in both scenarios is that you feel rusty.

You might have even tried a few writing prompts and writing exercises but to no avail.

Don’t you worry, mi amigo, I’ve got you.

Whether you’re writing blogs , fiction, essays, or creating content for any other platform, I’ve got you covered. In this article, you’ll learn tips, strategies, and a few tools to spark ideas for writing. I have even shared some random topics to write about.

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You can directly get started with writing on these subjects or pick one of the below as an exercise to get your juices flowing. Let’s start with a few specific writing prompts and interesting ideas.

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Sixty Six Interesting Ideas To Write About…

If you’re feeling stuck or just want to type stuff, here are sixty-six subjects that you can write on. I’ve organized the prompts and topics into four sections, so pick the one that you like the most and crush the writer’s block.

15 Personal Topics You Can Write About

How about some self-reflection? Often, going back to yourself can flex those writing muscles. Here are a few subjects you can write about and gain perspective on your life.

12 interesting things to write about

1. How have the top failures in your life shaped you?

2. What are the little known hangout places in your hometown?

3. What does writing mean to you?

4. How has your education shaped your thinking?

5. Describe the last time you got super embarrassed.

6. Write a letter to your five-year-old self.

7. You’re stuck in an elevator with the high school teacher you hated the most. What will you tell her?

8. Act as your father and write a letter to yourself.

9. Describe your first encounter with politics.

( How long can you talk about politics ? )

Politics meme

10. Recall the first fight you had in your childhood. Now, write an apology to the person you fought with.

11. Assume you’re wrong about the way you think the world functions. Now find as much evidence as possible to prove it.

12. What are the top things people know about you that aren’t true?

13. What’s your favorite drink?

14. The world is coming to an end in a week. What are the three things you would like to do?

15. What are your top three needs without which you can’t function normally every day and why?

16 Fun And Weird Writing Ideas

If you’re searching for things to write about when you’re bored, then this section will provide the necessary ingredients. Let’s get started with the first fun writing prompt.

1. Is it the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end?

2. How do dogs help humanity?

(Want a hint ?)

Life is better with memes meme

3. Flesh out the ideal life that you would like to experience.

4. Why is fast food healthy?

5. Imagine you haven’t slept for a week. Describe how you’re feeling right now.

6. Which animal would you have been born as?

7. What’s your least favorite social media platform and why?

8. Is there a pop culture fad that you hate? Throw some light on your hate and contemplate why people are so fond of it.

9. Parody your favorite song.

10. What are the most boring ways to cure boredom?

11. What are the dumbest ways to stay dumb?

12. How do you define food ? Mention the top characteristics that are essential in every meal you have.

13. Your best friend is crying because they have put on weight (and weigh 195 pounds now). What would you tell them?

14. What are some weird things to eat with coffee?

15. Do people need more juice or wine?

As per Ross :

Ross meme

16. You live in Gotham and the Joker wants to meet you for coffee. Write a script for a five-minute conversation with him.

10 Writing Prompts About The World

In this section, let’s look at a few prompts about worldly problems with a creative twist.

10 writing prompts around the world

1. What’s a talent that the world is better without and why?

2. If you become Iron Man for a day, then what would you do?

3. What’s the most irritating sound in the world?

4. How can the minorities in your locality feel secure and at home?

5. Does society need to be more materialistic?

6. How does the role of a male and female differ in your culture?

7. How have memes shaped our culture?

( Can you clear Shakespeare’s doubt ? )

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8. Why do riots happen?

9. When will the world be able to function without bureaucrats?

10. What role does sugar play in our everyday life?

25 Things To Write About, For Your Business Blog

If you want to create content for your business website, then this section shares a few proven subjects that generally get loved by readers.

12 things to write about for your business website

1. Write the story of how you put together your business and the learnings from running it so far.

2. What’s the most loved article on your website? Write a followup to it.

Five years ago, business consultant Mark Schaefer wrote a post titled “content shock” that went insanely viral. Since then, he has covered the subject multiple times on his blog, the latest being last year.

How to use content shock to win in business

3. Summarize your favorite book and share any of its learnings that you use.

4. Share a list of the books that you’ve recently read and found valuable.

5. Answer the most frequently asked question by your audience regarding a specific aspect of your business.

River Pools answered a pertinent question of their prospects “How Much Does a Fiberglass Pool Cost” on their blog. It ended up generating over 2 million dollars worth of sales for the company.

Screenshot of a guide to fiberglass pool costs

6. Write a beginner’s guide on your reader’s glaring pain point. You can also expand it into an “ultimate guide”, just like the article you’re reading.

7. Create a listicle of your favorite business tools that you can’t live without.

8. Prepare a questionnaire that shares your top business challenges. Now invite a fellow content creator/entrepreneur in your network for an interview on your website.

9. Write down your top five productivity hacks that you use every day.

10. Compile a list of the top conferences and events in your industry that your readers might find useful.

11. Write a “how-to” article that teaches your readers a pertinent subject in your industry. It could mean a breakdown of a recipe, installing WordPress and starting a website, or getting a style makeover.

12. Take your readers behind the scenes of how you run your business every day.

Buffer has baked transparency in its company culture. They share honest accounts of their success, failures, and everything else on their open blog. It even includes their founder’s story of getting burnt out and taking a 6-week break to recharge.

My experience with burnout - writing topic

13. Look at the top content of your competitors and let that spark fresh ideas.

14. Round up the top myths in your industry in a piece and share the correct beliefs that people should know about.

15. Review your most used product and share actionable ways that a new user can leverage it.

16. Are there any popularly accepted opinions in your industry that you strongly disagree with? If so, write a counterpoint article with stats, examples, and anecdotes from your experience.

17. You can always find new angles on popular subjects in your industry.

Animalz offers content marketing services to SaaS companies . So they run a blog on content marketing, a topic that’s been covered to death on the web. They still manage to breathe fresh air into old subjects. Just look at the intriguing titles of their content marketing guides below:

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18. What are the ethical dilemmas you’ve encountered while running your business and how did you tackle them?

19. Write a post about the causes you support and why you care about them.

20. Roundup your favorite podcasts/blog posts from the last year with the top takeaways for your readers.

21. Suppose your business wants to create a web show that your audience will love and launch it on YouTube. Write down a one-page introduction to its screenplay.

22. Write an article showing the top features of the products you sell. Marketers call this “bottom of the funnel” content and it could be quite effective at generating new business.

For example, Ahrefs CMO Tim Suolo covered thirteen things that only their digital product could do in a post.

Writing topic - 13 things only Ahrefs can do

23. Invite your top users to share how they find your product valuable. You can consider creating a case study from their experiences.

24. Write down answers to the frequently asked questions regarding your product and business.

25. Conduct a business experiment and share its updates regularly. It allows your readers to connect with your brand.

GrooveHQ started their blog by sharing the “real story” depicting the struggles and challenges of running a small business. Their personal tales resonated deeply with their audience and led to the quick growth of their blog.

Here’s a snippet of their revenue progress bar that they shared live on their blog in the early days of their business:

Revenue progress bar

While these ideas are great jumping-off points, I want to empower you to come up with new subjects on your own. In the next section, you’ll learn five effective ways to do the same.

Confused What To Write About? Here Are Eight Simple Strategies…

Whether you’re stuck with writing a blog post, article, or story, here are eight strategies to discover and come up with interesting subjects to write about.

1. Scan The Headlines Of Bestselling Books And Popular Articles

A great place to spark fresh ideas is exploring the work of other writers. Indeed simply scanning the headlines can help jumpstart your writing. Here are a few platforms you can try:

1. Scan The Amazon Bestsellers List

Amazon remains a popular place for shoppers to buy books. Their bestsellers list is updated every hour with the ranks based on what’s selling well.

As an author, you can look at the eclectic mix of both nonfiction and fiction titles. I recommend you begin exploring the books by their department in the sidebar on the left.

Amazon bestsellers as writing topics

Here are the best sellers in romance. Note how in the left sidebar you can granularly explore subsections. Right off the bat, you’ve six titles you can use as a writing prompt.

Novels as writing titles

I could write a short fantasy story on #3: “Where the forest meets the stars.”

How about you?

2. Plug Your Favorite Website Inside Social Animal

You can also scan the headlines of the most shared articles on social media from a website of your liking. Start by plugging the website inside Social Animal and the tool will return the most popular pages from the past one year.

For example, below are the most shared articles from in the last year:

Long reads most shared articles

If you’re creating content for your business, you can consider plugging a competitor’s website inside the tool. Once you’ve got a few relevant subjects, come with newer angles, and cover the same subject.

Suppose I find that “meditation techniques for working professionals” is a popular subject among my readers. Now I’ll write on “standing and walking meditation techniques for working professionals.” It’s a novel subject that isn’t covered extensively and it’s relevant for the busy working class.

See how it’s done?

2. Keep A Notebook (Or Evernote)

If you’re a creator, ideation is a critical part of your work. But your creative juices might not always flow at your will. Ideas can arise even while you’re driving, doing dishes, bathing, or attending to some other tedious task. At such moments, noting these ideas can be a hassle and you might not have a notebook and pen.

Evernote , one of the best note taking apps out there, offers a better bet. It works on all the common platforms — iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and on your browser. And it offers two handy ways to organize the items you choose to save: tags and notebooks. They both have their utility, but choosing a notebook for every item is necessary.

Here’s a glance at my notebooks and a few tags:

A list of tags and notebooks on Evernote

With its mobile apps, you can store even your wildest of ideas in Evernote (even when you’re on the subway!) and go back to them when you feel uninspired. And it’s not merely plain webpages — you can also save photos, videos, and voice clips in one of its Notebooks.

I also use the Evernote Chrome extension to clip articles I find interesting. The software automatically chooses a Notebook for all the pages you save, though its categorization can be faulty. I can add my commentary to each saved item and refer to them later for inspiration. Taking screenshots of web pages and annotating them through Skitch is also possible.

If you’ve enabled the Evernote extension on your browser, then on performing a Google search an Evernote tab appears in the top right corner. It shows notes related (that you saved in Evernote earlier) to the subject you’re researching. Occasionally these notes result in the addition of an example or a resource to an article I’m working on.

Article clipping on Evernote Chrome extension

The Evernote Premium version syncs across multiple devices and offers a generous 10 GB storage. But you can get started with its free version that offers a capacity of 60 MB (which is pretty decent for storing your notes’ archives) and syncs two devices.

3. Re-outline

Whether you write nonfiction or fiction, an outline will lay a strong foundation for you. If you haven’t created one, then do it now so that you know the structure of your writing project and the direction it needs to go in.

The other scenario is that you’ve hit a wall because you can’t seem to expand on your current outline. In fiction, it might indicate indecision on which way your story should jump. Whereas if you’re writing a blog post, it might mean you created a shorter outline.

In either case, it makes sense to get back to your outline and redo it with some research as well as brainstorming. Limit the re outlining session to about 10 minutes so that you power through quickly.

4. Solve The Pertinent Problems Of Your Readers

If you’re a nonfiction writer serving an existing readership, then one of your main goals is to solve the problems of your readers. Here are a few tools to find the top questions that they are asking:

The question-and-answer-platform gets hoards of curious visitors. You can directly search for a subject you’re writing about to find the top questions people are asking on it.

Suppose I’m writing an article on “Yoga vs. Gym.” On performing a search, here are a few questions I found people asking. I already have three important aspects of the subject (marked in red) that I should address in my article.

Writing topic - Keyword analysis

2. Answer The Public

How about a tool that aggregates all the top questions that your audience is asking on a keyword and represents them visually? “Answer The Public does that by collating all the data users are typing inside Google & Bing. Here are the top questions returned for “yoga vs. gym”:

Mind map

3. Survey Your Readers

Who can tell you more about their problems, motivations, and emotions than your readers themselves? So if you have an existing email list, reach out to your readers directly and ask them about the top subjects they would like you to tackle on your site.

Indeed it’s a good idea to take feedback from your readers regularly. So, like Jorden from Creative Revolt, consider asking questions and interacting with your subscribers at the end of your email in a postscript.

Email postscript

If you prefer staying organized, then you can use a tool like Survey Monkey to conduct a survey smoothly and generate insights.

Don’t have an email list, but an existing audience on Twitter, Slack, or other social media? Then you can conduct a poll on these platforms asking people what they struggle with the most and you can lend a hand with your blog post.

Here’s a poll copywriter André Spiteri conducted on Twitter that led him to his article’s subject on “nailing blog post introductions.”

Andre Spiteri tweet

5. Focus On Narrower Topics

When I first pitched my ideas to my editor at Foundr magazine, she gave me a piece of advice that is helpful for finding newer writing subjects when you’re stuck. She suggested attacking “more focused topics” instead of broad subjects:

Focus on narrower writing topics

Owing to the intense content marketing competition , most broad subjects have already been covered to death. It’s difficult to bring anything new to the table. However, you can get granular and hone in on a specific detail.

Instead of creating an article on “how to start writing your book”, you can attack a narrower subject like “how to write the first chapter for your novel.”

If you’re creating content for your blog, you might be afraid of narrowing the coverage of your subjects because a focused subject will have reduced readership. However, your writing will resonate deeply with those few readers and they might share it with their friends.

6. Read News And Explore What’s Trending

Is Twitter buzzing with a virus outbreak that’s slowed economies across the world? Maybe people are talking about a movie release that’s happening later this week.

The trends can serve as standalone writing subjects if your audience would like your analysis of them. However, it isn’t essential to newsjacking such events. You can also pick up ideas and anecdotes from these emerging events and integrate them into your writing.

So the next time you’re stuck and want an interesting idea, try reading the news .

I like to red the daily news meme

Beyond the dedicated “trending” hashtags on Twitter and media publications, you can also use Google Trends . Try the Google Search Trend reports from the last couple of years. It’s even broken down into convenient sub-categories. Here’s a snapshot of the 2019 report.

2019 google trends

Do these events, searches, actors, and athletes spark hot ideas for an article (or maybe give direction to an existing piece)?

6. Research Keywords With Ubersuggest

While we’re on the subject of the problems your audience is facing, how about some good old keyword research with quantitative data?

While most tools on the market are paid and limited, Ubersuggest offers substantial data for free.

I plugged our example query “yoga vs. gym” in Ubersuggest. Here’s data related to this query, and a few related keywords that people are typing in Google with their approximate monthly search volume:

Keyword ideas for writing

Not only do you get ideas that can be covered in your article (like practicing yoga and gymming on alternative days), but you should also use these exact keywords inside your article.

Here’s why:

If you scroll down, Ubersuggest also shows the most shared articles on your subject from around the web.

Content ideas for writing

The tool is a goldmine for bloggers and content creators to find data-backed content ideas that are proven to work.

7. Let The Music Play!

Do you know that happy music can facilitate divergent thinking (a method used for generating creative ideas)?

Indeed in my method acting training, we were taught using music as a tool to feel a requisite emotion for a scene before performing.

So open your digital jukebox and let yourself relax. Listening to your favorite music could even uplift your mood and inspire you to come up with new ideas.

Begin experimenting with various mood playlists on Spotify to evoke unique ambiances ( here are thirteen you can try). You can also explore YouTube music and its curated mood-based playlists.

Spotify mood playlists

If you find that a certain genre of music helps you quiet your racing thoughts and internal chatter, then let that kind of music play.

8. The (Not So) Secret Strategy For Battling “I Don’t Know What To Write About…”

Alright now let’s get the prolific and successful writers out of the closet.

I’m sorry to break it to you, but they don’t have a secret. They have fears like us. They run out of ideas. They battle imposter’s syndrome and hit writer’s block. However, they push through self-doubt and the fear of failure, which are major reasons we get stuck in creative work.

Let me share an example:

“Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert felt terrified while writing a followup to her blockbuster international bestseller. She even started thinking of dumping the project. However, she found a way to change her relationship with her work.

In her TED Talk, ‘Your elusive creative genius’, she shares a psychological construct that can liberate creatives like us from the results of our works:

Let me quickly show you the two main things that are relevant to us. The first aspect was the idea of what should count as ‘genius’:

“…the Romans did not actually think that a genius was a particularly clever individual. They believed that a genius was this, sort of magical divine entity, who was believed to literally live in the walls of an artist’s studio, kind of like Dobby the house-elf, and who would come out and sort of invisibly assist the artist with their work and would shape the outcome of that work.”

The second aspect clarifies how you the above concept takes the pressure off you:

“…if your work was brilliant, you couldn’t take all the credit for it, everybody knew that you had this disembodied genius who had helped you. If your work bombed, not entirely your fault, you know? Everyone knew your genius was kind of lame.”

Ultimately getting new ideas boils down to stop judging your creative process. Gilbert found her way by going back to ancient Rome and ancient Greece. You just need to find yours.

Now You’ve Got Cool Things To Write, Huh?

Thought so.

As you know, all stories worth telling have already been told. Most interesting topics have already been written about. However, that shouldn’t forbid you to write on these subjects in your unique voice, spicing it up with your life experiences and your creativity.

I have shown you how to find things to write about with actionable tips and tools. And even shared some random things to write about.

Hopefully, the article gets your creative juices flowing, and leaves you with something to write about.

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8 thoughts on “66 Ideas You Can Write About”

How about section of the prompts for fantasy?

Thanks for the idea, Gary. Let me work on that 🙂

Here are some hacks that I believe will help to get started writing: 1) Be physically comfortable. 2) Write the draft even if it is horrible. 3) Do not worry about the results. 4) Talk to other writers. 5) Write something that’s been in your mind recently.

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If the environmental features in your hometown greatly increased your chances of inhaling potentially fatal toxins, would you leave? Faced with a similar predicament in light of ceaseless volcanic activity, the inhabitants of the small Japanese island known as Miyakejima couldn’t bring themselves to leave their home…even if it killed them. Instead, many of the island’s denizens decided to “suck it up” and don gas masks to combat the poisonous air. It was a pretty good business move, too. Today, the island receives all sorts of visitors who cite the bevy of gas mask-clad citizens as their reason for visiting. Read more about the gaskmask town here .

Fly Geyser, Nevada’s Coolest (And Least Known) Attraction

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Sure, you’ve got Vegas. Area 51. The breathtaking desert views. But what about a technicolor geyser formed by a 20th century well? That’s Nevada’s own Fly Geyser , and it’s got all the razzle dazzle of the Las Vegas strip but none of the ensuing guilt.

What The Future Looked Like In 1900

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Humanity has long sought the ability to predict the future, and to a handful of candy connoisseurs in the height of the Second Industrial Revolution, it never looked brighter. On the cusp of a new century, Hildebrand’s, a then-leading German chocolate company, produced a set of cards depicting the “sweet” life that awaited us in the year 2000. Trains could also serve as transatlantic ocean liners, cities would be mobile thanks to the fact that they’d be built on trains, and flying machines would nix the need for stuffy carriages altogether.

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We may have just averted another war in Syria, but that doesn’t mean that the consequences and lessons of war should recede into oblivion. In Lalage Snow’s “We Are The Not Dead” series , she takes these ideas–oft-translated into a few paragraphs in history textbooks or newspaper statistics–and uses the human face as the medium in which she expresses them. Once doe-eyed and downy-cheeked, the soldiers featured in the series have assumed a starkly different identity, reminding us of the visceral effects of boardroom policy-making.

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You might need a tissue for this one. August Landmesser’s tale is not one without sadness. A modern internet icon of nonconformity at an ostensibly deadly juncture in world history, Landmesser originally joined the Nazi Party as a means for some job stability but soon found himself unable to participate in the most basic manifestation of solidarity: a salute to Adolf Hitler. Why? He fell in love with a Jewish woman. From this point on, Landmesser’s story grows much more complex and drenched in struggle, but it is certainly one worth reading. Read it here .

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As if you really wanted to know this approaching the bottom of this list, but the internet is taking a sledgehammer to your cognitive capacities the more and more you utilize it. You’d think that the dawn of a device made for rapid collection of knowledge–and sharing it–would lead to a hyper-informed and intelligent society, but it has resulted more often than not in the opposite. And beyond that, it can ruin your relationships. We’ve written about it at some length , and it’s yours for the taking…if you dare.

The World’s Most Amazing Trees

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Given the size of their roots, many associate trees as rather static natural objects, lacking the dynamism that Mother Nature affords her more mobile denizens. We took that notion to task in our article on amazing trees , and are pretty sure you’ll come to appreciate how diverse–and fascinating–our tall, immobile neighbors truly are.

The Most Iconic Photos Of The 1940s

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The holocaust, a second world war, the atom bomb and the world’s first computer. The 1940s was a decade jam-packed with tumult, triumph and tragedy. What better way to embody that than with compelling photography?

The Most Frighteningly Bizarre Ocean Creatures

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To find the most fascinating–if not entirely terrifying–creatures Earth has to offer, it’s often the case that we need to look deep within it. With prehistoric sharks so ugly that their appearance–not their teeth–will cut you to the core, or female angler fish who reduce their male counterparts to just their gonads, these bizarre ocean creatures are bound to shock you.

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Gandhi, Lincoln, Churchill. All were brilliant statesmen; all were known for their biting quips. For the more argumentative among us, you’ll delight in our list of the best insults in history . Fear not, even the world’s best and brightest leaders could be incredibly bitchy.

How Fans Emulate Their Idols

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Photographer James Mollison has an interesting theory: the more dedicated you are to a specific musician or band, the more likely you are to dress like them when you see them in concert. Regardless of their reasons for doing so (perhaps as a subconscious attempt to establish intimacy or reduce the barrier between musician and music lover), Mollison has traveled to concerts the world over in an attempt to convey the bizarrely tribal elements at play within music halls. Rod Stewartians can be recognized by their frayed hair and likely leather-loaded looks. Meanwhile, members of the Madonna tribe fashion themselves with bustiers and lace. Check out the rest here .

4 Crazy Conspiracies That Were Actually True

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Contrary to popular belief, America isn’t a fascist state. But at one point early on in the 20th century, it very well could have been. Oh, and the United States totally saved the lives of Nazi Party members during World War II. Doesn’t sound true? Maybe that’s because you don’t want to believe it. As much as we like to distance ourselves from the kooks who spend their waking hours incessantly researching conspiracy theories, we’ve found four of ’em that are totally true.

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Leading through change, hybrid work environments, and developing strategy for the post-pandemic era are among the most popular topics for readers in recent months.

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Following one of the most disruptive years in recent memory, 2021 has offered up many challenges and questions for managers: How can they keep teams safe and engaged in their work when they return to offices? How can they develop new skills and strategies at a time when things aren’t quite back to normal?

In the first half of the year, the most popular topics among readers have dived into answering these types of questions, with a focus on returning to physical offices, implementing hybrid work models, and redesigning organizational culture and strategy for the post-pandemic era. Other core issues for readers include understanding employee productivity and resilience, overcoming leadership failure, and developing strategies that can stand up against uncertainty and change.

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#1 The Future of Team Leadership Is Multimodal

Robert hooijberg and michael watkins.

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a transformation in the ways we work by accelerating a shift to hybrid virtual and in-person models and requiring a fundamental change in the skills team leaders need to succeed. Leaders will need to play four roles as they adapt to managing a hybrid workforce.

#2 Redesigning the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Gerald c. kane, rich nanda, anh phillips, and jonathan copulsky.

As organizations plan for ways to bring remote employees back to the workplace, they should take advantage of the opportunity to rethink how and where work is best done, and how to combine the best aspects of remote and colocated work.

#3 The Future of Work Is Through Workforce Ecosystems

Elizabeth j. altman, david kiron, jeff schwartz, and robin jones.

Today’s leaders need best practices for dealing strategically and operationally with a distributed, diverse workforce that crosses internal and external boundaries. The authors contend that the best way to address the shift to managing all types of workers is through the lens of a workforce ecosystem — a structure that consists of interdependent actors, from within the organization and beyond, working to pursue both individual and collective goals.

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One of the hardest parts of writing a research paper can be just finding a good topic to write about. Fortunately we've done the hard work for you and have compiled a list of 113 interesting research paper topics. They've been organized into ten categories and cover a wide range of subjects so you can easily find the best topic for you.

In addition to the list of good research topics, we've included advice on what makes a good research paper topic and how you can use your topic to start writing a great paper.

What Makes a Good Research Paper Topic?

Not all research paper topics are created equal, and you want to make sure you choose a great topic before you start writing. Below are the three most important factors to consider to make sure you choose the best research paper topics.

#1: It's Something You're Interested In

A paper is always easier to write if you're interested in the topic, and you'll be more motivated to do in-depth research and write a paper that really covers the entire subject. Even if a certain research paper topic is getting a lot of buzz right now or other people seem interested in writing about it, don't feel tempted to make it your topic unless you genuinely have some sort of interest in it as well.

#2: There's Enough Information to Write a Paper

Even if you come up with the absolute best research paper topic and you're so excited to write about it, you won't be able to produce a good paper if there isn't enough research about the topic. This can happen for very specific or specialized topics, as well as topics that are too new to have enough research done on them at the moment. Easy research paper topics will always be topics with enough information to write a full-length paper.

Trying to write a research paper on a topic that doesn't have much research on it is incredibly hard, so before you decide on a topic, do a bit of preliminary searching and make sure you'll have all the information you need to write your paper.

#3: It Fits Your Teacher's Guidelines

Don't get so carried away looking at lists of research paper topics that you forget any requirements or restrictions your teacher may have put on research topic ideas. If you're writing a research paper on a health-related topic, deciding to write about the impact of rap on the music scene probably won't be allowed, but there may be some sort of leeway. For example, if you're really interested in current events but your teacher wants you to write a research paper on a history topic, you may be able to choose a topic that fits both categories, like exploring the relationship between the US and North Korea. No matter what, always get your research paper topic approved by your teacher first before you begin writing.

113 Good Research Paper Topics

Below are 113 good research topics to help you get you started on your paper. We've organized them into ten categories to make it easier to find the type of research paper topics you're looking for.



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How to Write a Great Research Paper

Even great research paper topics won't give you a great research paper if you don't hone your topic before and during the writing process. Follow these three tips to turn good research paper topics into great papers.

#1: Figure Out Your Thesis Early

Before you start writing a single word of your paper, you first need to know what your thesis will be. Your thesis is a statement that explains what you intend to prove/show in your paper. Every sentence in your research paper will relate back to your thesis, so you don't want to start writing without it!

As some examples, if you're writing a research paper on if students learn better in same-sex classrooms, your thesis might be "Research has shown that elementary-age students in same-sex classrooms score higher on standardized tests and report feeling more comfortable in the classroom."

If you're writing a paper on the causes of the Civil War, your thesis might be "While the dispute between the North and South over slavery is the most well-known cause of the Civil War, other key causes include differences in the economies of the North and South, states' rights, and territorial expansion."

#2: Back Every Statement Up With Research

Remember, this is a research paper you're writing, so you'll need to use lots of research to make your points. Every statement you give must be backed up with research, properly cited the way your teacher requested. You're allowed to include opinions of your own, but they must also be supported by the research you give.

#3: Do Your Research Before You Begin Writing

You don't want to start writing your research paper and then learn that there isn't enough research to back up the points you're making, or, even worse, that the research contradicts the points you're trying to make!

Get most of your research on your good research topics done before you begin writing. Then use the research you've collected to create a rough outline of what your paper will cover and the key points you're going to make. This will help keep your paper clear and organized, and it'll ensure you have enough research to produce a strong paper.

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There are numerous characteristics of a good essay: original thinking, a tight structure, balanced arguments, and many more .

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But one aspect often overlooked is that a good essay should be interesting . It should spark the curiosity of the reader, keep them absorbed, make them want to keep reading and learn more. A boring essay risks losing the reader’s attention; even if the points you make are excellent, a dull writing style or poor handling of a dry subject matter can undermine the positive aspects of the essay. The problem is that many students think that essays should be like this: they think that a dull, dry style is suited to the purposes of academic writing, and don’t consider that the teacher reading their essay wants to find the essay interesting. Academic writing doesn’t have to be – and shouldn’t be – boring. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to make your writing more interesting, even though you can only do so much while remaining within the formal confines of academic writing. Let’s look at what they are.

1. Be interested in what you’re writing about

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If there’s one thing guaranteed to inject interest into your writing, it’s actually being interested in what you’re writing about. Passion for a subject comes across naturally in your writing, typically making it more lively and engaging, and infusing an infectious enthusiasm into your words – in the same way that it’s easy to chat knowledgeably to someone about something you find interesting. This makes it relatively easy to write interestingly about a subject you have a real passion for. However, problems arise when you’re forced to write an essay about subjects for which you lack enthusiasm. It’s difficult to conjure up passion for your least favourite subjects, and that will come across in your writing. There are steps you can take, though: here are some tips on writing about a subject you don’t enjoy.

2. Include fascinating details

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Another factor that can make an essay boring is a dry subject matter. Some subjects or topic areas are naturally dry, and it falls to you to make the essay more interesting through your written style (more on this later) and by trying to find fascinating snippets of information to include that will liven it up a bit and make the information easier to relate to. One way of doing this with a dry subject is to try to make what you’re talking about seem relevant to the real world, as this is easier for the reader to relate to. In a discussion of a seemingly boring piece of legislation, for instance, you could make a comment along the lines of “if it were not for this legislation, none of us would enjoy the freedom to do such and such today”, or “Legislation A ultimately paved the way for Legislation B, which transformed criminal law as we know it.” Make it seem exciting!

3. Emulate the style of writers you find interesting

When you read a lot, you subconsciously start emulating the style of the writers you read. It’s therefore beneficial to read widely, as this exposes you to a range of styles and you can start to take on the characteristics of those you find interesting to read. If you feel engaged with a piece of writing, the writer must be doing something right! As you read, think consciously about what the writer is doing to hold your interest, perhaps underlining or copying out certain phrases, techniques, sentence structures and so on. Then apply their techniques to your own writing.

4. Write in the active voice

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It’s the oldest trick in the book, but using the active rather than the passive voice will automatically make your writing more interesting to read. It results in more direct, energetic writing that makes the reader feel more ‘in the moment’. Unfortunately, many students employ the passive voice in the belief that it makes their writing sound more academic or intellectual; in fact, it makes their writing sound boring. Remember, the active voice is when the subject of the sentence “acts”, while the passive voice is when the subject is acted upon. Passive : It was concluded by the scientists that the methods used were… Active : The scientists concluded that the methods used were… The subject in this example is “the scientists” and the “act” they are carrying out is “concluding”. As you can see in this example, the active voice almost always results in neater and more elegant phrasing, which is more concise and enjoyable to read.

5. Borrow some creative writing techniques

There’s clearly a limit to the amount of actual ‘story-telling’ you can do when you’re writing an essay; after all, essays should be objective, factual and balanced, which doesn’t, at first glance, feel very much like story-telling. However, you can apply some of the principles of story-telling to make your writing more interesting. For example, just as the opening sentence or paragraph of a novel is incredibly important in capturing the attention of the reader early on, so the first paragraph of your essay is essential in making your reader want to continue reading it. Start with an attention-grabbing ‘hook’ to draw them in, such as a controversial statement, a tantalising snippet of information or a rhetorical question (more on these below). Here are some more techniques you can adopt from creative writing to improve your essays .

6. Think about your own opinion

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Your essay is bound to be boring if all you do is paraphrase what everyone else says about something. A good essay – in humanities subjects, at least – incorporates the writer’s intelligent responses to what others say, and this critical consideration not only shows that you’re thinking at a high academic level, but it automatically adds more interest and originality to your writing. So, think independently and don’t be afraid to demonstrate that you’re doing as much.

7. Cut the waffle

Rambling on and on is boring, and almost guaranteed to lose the interest of your reader. You’re at risk of waffling if you’re not completely clear about what you want to say, or if you haven’t thought carefully about how you’re going to structure your argument. Doing your research properly and writing an essay plan before you start will help prevent this problem. Editing is an important part of the essay-writing process, so once you’ve done a first draft, edit out the waffle. Read through your essay objectively and take out the bits that aren’t relevant to the argument or that labour the point. As well as editing out chunks of text, it’s important to be economical with words – not using ten where five will suffice, and avoiding clunky phrases such as those outlined in this article . During the editing process, tighten up your phrasing by eliminating unnecessary words and reordering any sentences that read badly.

8. Using a thesaurus isn’t always a good thing

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You may think that using a thesaurus to find more complicated words will make your writing more interesting, or sound more academic, but using overly high-brow language can have the wrong effect. It alienates the reader and makes you sound pompous, with the result that the essay is more laborious to read and the reader may quickly lose interest. Despite this, many undergraduates admit to deliberately over-complicating their language to make it sound more high-brow. If you want to keep your reader interested, keep your language clear and simple.

9. Avoid repetitive phrasing

Avoid using the same sentence structure again and again: it’s a recipe for dullness! Instead, use a range of syntax that demonstrates your writing capabilities as well as making your writing more interesting. Mix simple, compound and complex sentences to avoid your writing becoming predictable.

10. Use some figurative language

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As we’ve already seen, it’s easy to end up rambling when you’re explaining difficult concepts, – particularly when you don’t clearly understand it yourself. A way of forcing yourself to think clearly about a concept, as well as explaining it more simply and engagingly, is to make use of figurative language. This means explaining something by comparing it with something else, as in an analogy. For example, you might use the analogy of water escaping from a hole in a bucket to explain the exponential decay of a radioactive substance, as the rate of depletion of both depends on how much remains, making it exponential. This gives the reader something familiar to visualise, making it easier for them to understand a new concept (obviously this will not be a new concept for the teacher who set your essay, but they will want to see that you can explain concepts clearly and that you have a thorough grasp of it yourself).

11. Avoid clichés

Clichés are overused words or phrases that make your writing predictable, and therefore less interesting. An example would be “at the end of the day”, but there are many such favourites of student essay-writers. Don’t forget that your teacher will have a stack of essays to read in one sitting; if you use the same tired expressions everyone else uses, your essay will blend in with all the others. Make it stand out by shunning the clichés you know your classmates will be using.

12. Employ rhetorical questions

One of the ways in which ancient orators held the attention of their audiences and increased the dramatic effect of their speeches was by making use of the rhetorical question. What is a rhetorical question? It’s essentially one you ask without expecting your audience to answer – one that you will answer yourself, like the one we asked in the previous sentence. This can be an effective way of introducing a new line of enquiry, or of raising questions that you’re going to address in more detail. A good place to use a rhetorical question is at the end of a paragraph, to lead into the next one, or at the beginning of a new paragraph to introduce a new area for exploration. The rhetorical question, “But is there any evidence to support X’s claim?” could, for instance, begin a paragraph that discusses evidence for an opinion introduced in the previous paragraph. What’s more, as we’ve already seen, you could use a rhetorical question as your ‘hook’ to lure readers in right at the beginning of your essay.

13. Proofread

Finally, you could write the most interesting essay a teacher has ever read, but you’ll undermine your good work if it’s littered with errors, which distract the reader from the actual content and will probably annoy them. Before you submit your essay, proofread it thoroughly to ensure that the grammar is elegant, the punctuation is perfect and the spelling is flawless. Don’t just use a spelling and grammar checker, as these don’t always pick up on all the errors.

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1 Get inspired by a song

Have you ever wondered about the story behind a song? Write about it. Choose a song that intrigues you, listen to it, and dig into the lyrics. Who are the characters behind those lyrics? What’s their situation? What challenges are they facing? Don’t try to recreate the song in prose; try to imagine the people and circumstances behind it.

2 Reinvent a childhood memory

Think of a pivotal childhood moment—something that shaped your future in some way. Now, imagine that things had gone differently. Instead of losing that contest, you won. Instead of being bullied on the playground, you were the bully. Instead of moving away from your teenage girlfriend or boyfriend your sophomore year, you stayed. How is life different? What remained the same?

3 Write about a person you see every day but don’t really know.

Invent a story for someone you encounter in your daily life. Write a backstory for the barista who always draws a lopsided heart in the foam of your soy latte. Imagine life as the person who drives the crosstown bus.

4 If your pet were a person . . .

We have a natural tendency to anthropomorphize animals by imagining or assuming they have human characteristics, so take it to the extreme. Write about what your dog would be like if he were a person. How would your cat navigate a derisive business meeting if she were a CEO? Your ball python is now a used car salesman. Go!

5 Write about what you wanted to be when you grew up

I’ve almost always wanted a career in writing , and that’s what I’ve done. But for a brief childhood moment before I discovered the magic of words I wanted to be a veterinarian. What did you want to be when you grew up? Write about what might have happened if you’d pursued a different dream.

6 Grab a writing prompt to-go

The Internet is full of writing prompts for people who need story inspiration. Some sources are better than others, but if you’re struggling to figure out what to write about, social media is a great place to start.

Things to write about for blog posts and articles

Sometimes you’ve just got to write a blog post or flesh out a content publishing calendar. Unfortunately, that creative well can run dry, and writing prompts may not help. Here are some ways to come up with topics when you’re in a slump.

7 Use Google to find related topics

If you know there’s a topic you want to write about but you’re not sure which angle to take, head to Google. Open an incognito window (so your search won’t be influenced by your browsing history), navigate to Google, and type a few keywords related to your topic. Google’s autocomplete feature will start showing you popular search terms, and those may spark an idea.

Here’s a tip: Use popular article title phrases like “What to” or “How to” in your search to improve the results.

8 Focus on a detail

You may have already broadly covered a topic like “ How to Write a Blog Post .” Take a look at some of your big picture posts and hone in on a specific detail. In this case, you might write about something like “ How to Title an Essay ” or “ How to Write an Opening Hook .”

9 Ask your readers

Use your mailing list and a tool like Survey Monkey to create a survey and ask your readers what they have questions about. If you have an active social media channel, that works, too.

10 Take to Twitter

Search Twitter for a relevant keyword or hashtag and look at what sorts of comments, questions, and articles people are sharing. Chances are good you’ll find inspiration.

11 Write about a time you failed

No one is successful one hundred percent of the time. Let down your guard and tell your readers about a time you failed. They’ll find your struggle relatable, and they’ll be inspired by your story of how you overcame the failure and learned from it.

12 Write about popular topics from a different angle

What are your highest ranking posts? Traffic is a good indicator that you’ve hit on a topic your readers want to know more about. Can you cover that topic from a new angle or offer up different information? There’s no reason you can’t cover an existing topic using a new approach.

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With citizen journalism on the rise, high schools and colleges encourage students to partake in this forceful expression of civic-mindedness by crafting opinion articles. This type of academic assignment requires clear thinking and articulate expression of one’s thoughts. Students have to take a stance on political, social, educational, or cultural issues and defend their position by presenting arguments or real-life examples. More often than not, opinion article topics are of students’ own choosing. Some young learners are flabbergasted by the broad scope of subjects suitable for discussion. If you also find it difficult to come up with ideas for your opinion piece, feel free to use ones generated by our writers below.

All the while, plotting out an idea for the article is just half the battle. It's crafting a worthy and forceful text that might give you really rough times. If you find yourself in such a down and out situation while time to complete the piece is running out at the double, we can only advise to consider getting help from our essay writer service. There are plenty of opportunities to do that. Yet, we urge you to leverage on them only when failing the task brings more trouble than delaying it.

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How to use ChatGPT in your studies

Translated on February 13, 2023 by Tegan George. Originally published by Tobias Solis

ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI in November of 2022. Chatbots are computer programs that simulate human interactions via artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP). ChatGPT has quickly become popular with students due to its ability to help answer many academic questions.

You can use ChatGPT in the following areas of your studies:

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You can use ChatGPT to prepare for exams by creating:

How to create easy-to-understand summaries

ChatGPT can help you summarize text in an easy-to-understand way. This can simplify and rephrase complicated topics to help you understand them in layman’s terms.

Simply copy the text into the chat section by section and ask it to summarize.

Input: Please summarize the following text in a way that is easy to understand:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Multiple-choice questions

You can use ChatGPT to create multiple-choice questions for your study material. This can help you test your level of knowledge.

To do this, ask ChatGPT to create multiple-choice questions for a block of text.

ChatGPT result: Here is a practice test with 4 multiple-choice questions about A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, along with their answers:

Who is the protagonist in A Tale of Two Cities?

a) Charles Darnay b) Sydney Carton c) Charles Dickens d) Jarvis Lorry

What is the central theme of A Tale of Two Cities?

a) Love b) Redemption c) The French Revolution d) Poverty

Who is the villain in A Tale of Two Cities?

a) Charles Darnay b) Sydney Carton c) Madame Defarge d) Jarvis Lorry

What is the setting of A Tale of Two Cities?

a) England b) France c) America d) Australia

You can also use ChatGPT to help you with your homework, for topics such as:

To do this, generate first draft solutions for the tasks given to you, and then improve them.

ChatGPT for computer science homework

For example, you can work on tasks from technical courses, such as computer science.

ChatGPT result: Here is one way to write a program in Python to calculate the sum of all numbers from 1 to N:

n = int(input(“Enter a positive integer: “)) sum = 0 for i in range(1, n+1): sum += i print(“The sum of all numbers from 1 to”, n, “is”, sum)

In this program, the user is prompted to enter a positive integer n. The variable sum is initialized to 0 and then we use a for loop to iterate from 1 to n (inclusive), adding each number to the sum. Finally, the result is printed to the screen.

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ChatGPT for homework in business administration

You can also request assistance on your coursework related to economics or business administration.

Please solve the following task: The following data is given for planning the ordering policy of a material type in an industrial company:

Planning period: 180 days Total requirement: 30,000 ME Cost price: 30 GE/MU Order cost rate: 200 GE Storage cost rate: 1.50 GE/ME (related to the planning period) Interest rate: 5% (related to the planning period)

Determine the optimal order quantity, the optimal order frequency and storage range as well as the costs resulting from the optimal ordering policy as the sum of order costs and storage costs (including capital commitment costs).*

ChatGPT result:

The optimal order quantity, order frequency, and storage range can be determined using the Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) model. The EOQ model balances the trade-off between ordering costs and holding costs.

Ordering costs are the costs incurred each time an order is placed, and holding costs are the costs associated with holding inventory in stock over the planning period.

The EOQ model is calculated using the following formula:

EOQ = √(2DS/H)

Where: D = Total requirement (30,000 ME) S = Order cost rate (200 GE) H = Holding cost rate (1.5 GE/ME)

Plugging in the values: EOQ = √(2 * 30,000 * 200 / 1.5) = √(12,000,000) = 3464.16 ME

The optimal order quantity is approximately 3464.16 ME.

The order frequency can be calculated as the total requirement divided by the EOQ: Order frequency = Total requirement / EOQ = 30,000 / 3464.16 = 8.68 orders

The optimal order frequency is approximately 8.68 orders.

The storage range can be calculated as the EOQ divided by 2: Storage range = EOQ / 2 = 3464.16 / 2 = 1732.08 ME

The optimal storage range is approximately 1732.08 ME.

The costs resulting from the optimal ordering policy can be calculated as the sum of the order costs and holding costs.

Order costs = Order frequency * Order cost rate = 8.68 * 200 = 1736 GE Holding costs = (EOQ / 2) * Holding cost rate * planning period = (3464.16 / 2) * 1.5 * 180 = 126,601.76 GE Capital commitment costs = (EOQ / 2) * Interest rate * Cost price = (3464.16 / 2) * 0.05 * 30 = 523.25 GE Total costs = Order costs + Holding costs + Capital commitment costs = 1736 + 126,601.76 + 523.25 = 127,861.01 GE

*This task was taken from a document published by Prof. Dr. Kay Blaufus.

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You can get explanations on simple or definitional topics from your studies from ChatGPT as well.

Input: chemistry What are the main concepts of thermodynamics and their applications?

Input: English What is a phrasal verb and how is it used?

Input: history How has European colonial rule evolved throughout history?

Input: computer science How do operating systems work and what are their main uses?

Input: philosophy What are the most important concepts in the history of philosophy and how are they relevant in today’s world?

Input: psychology What is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and how is it used?

You can also use ChatGPT to help you organize your academic essays and theses or dissertations . It can help to optimize your writing process in the following areas:

If you want more tips on using AI tools , understanding plagiarism , and citing sources , make sure to check out some of our other articles with explanations, examples, and formats.

Citing sources

You should not trust ChatGPT’s results unconditionally. While you can use ChatGPT during your studies to clarify questions, you should always double-check the answers you receive against other credible sources , as it doesn’t always give correct information. Don’t cite ChatGPT as a source of factual information.

Yes, ChatGPT is able to create code in different programming languages like Python, Java and C++.

There are several ways you can use ChatGPT in your studies , such as if programming is part of your bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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Maybe you’re feeling mentally or physically exhausted, or perhaps you’re just not feeling all that inspired. It could be that you have lots of ideas but lack focus. Whatever the case, when colliding with a case of writer’s block, it can be tough to eke out some creative inspiration for what to write about.

Read on to find 82 things to write about with suggestions for getting your ideas out of your mind and onto the page.

How do I find inspiration for what to write about?

Before we sit down to write, however, it’s essential to find some writing inspiration. Here are some suggestions for getting your ideas flowing:

Once you have explored some writing inspiration resources, here are some things to write about suggestions for getting your ideas out of your mind and onto the page.

How to craft personal passions into actionable blog posts

Whether you have a blog and haven’t posted in a while or are seeking out an opportunity to contribute to someone else’s, here are some ideas to get you to that polished post! Select a topic that interests you – it will provide you with enough stamina to start and finish your article, and you’ll probably also learn some fun new facts along the way. Additionally, your enthusiasm can hook readers who will want to hear what you have to say.

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Incorporate senses and structure for short stories

A fictional short story can vary in length. More traditional stories range from about 1,500 to 5,000 words, while shorter flash fiction and micro fiction range from five to about 1,000 words. Free-writing, journaling, and reflecting on childhood memories are all effective ways to uncover a story topic. Another strategy is to take a small notebook or audio recorder with you and closely notice the world around you while engaging your senses. When on a walk around your neighborhood, what do you see, hear, and smell? When you eat a specific food, focus on the flavors. Do they remind you of past experiences? How might you describe the flavors if you were to write about them? When interacting with everyday objects, what do you notice about their textures? These exercises might help you find additional short story inspiration.

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Free-write to discover your inner muse

Free-writing, developed by Peter Elbow in the 1970s, steps beyond traditional brainstorming lists to put pen to paper and write sentences and paragraphs without stopping. Elbow suggests free-writing for a few minutes, selecting a word or idea from the text, and using that word or idea for a new free-write that extends for several minutes. This process can get repeated as a strategy for focusing on and refining a writing topic.

As Elbow recommends, repeat the process as a way to extend and refine your ideas.

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Make your book vision a reality

Always wanted to write a book but don’t know where to start? There are various ways to engage in writing a book, from crafting a meticulous outline to jumping in and free-writing your way through a story. Before you begin, reflect on what type of book you want to write. Will it be fiction or nonfiction? What particular genre interests you – fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, thriller, memoir, a how-to guide?

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Discover rich story content through interviews with family members

Interviewing a family member opens up a unique opportunity to spend time with a loved one while learning about them. Maybe you’re interested in learning more about your family history or finding a way to connect through dialogue. Whatever the reason, you can use these strategies to frame the conversation as well as your post-interview writing focus:

Some potential questions you might ask for writing about a family member:

Now that you have some creative inspiration and ideas for what to write about, it’s time to dive in and get writing !

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Gmail, Docs are getting generative AI tools, too: What they can do for you


Technological advancements in generative AI are taking the world by storm. After ChatGPT and  Microsoft's Bing , the next installment of the technology is in Google Workspace. Today Google announced that a beta version of its generative AI would roll out to select testers. The AI will transform how people use Gmail, Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, Meet, and Chat applications.

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For years, Google used AI to power Smart Compose in Gmail and auto-generated summaries in Google Docs. When typing, a predicted word or phrase will appear in translucent lettering, and users can swipe or press the Tab key to fill in the predicted words.

Gmail and Docs written for you

With Google's new features , generative AI will help users write even more with less context. You can type in a topic in Gmail and Docs, and the rest will be written for you. For example, in a blog post, Google suggests hiring managers could use the new feature to draft a welcome email to a new employee. The AI will write the email in seconds; all you have to do is tweak the email to match your personal writing style, tone, and voice. 

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In a lengthy email thread, you can tell the AI to summarize your conversation. Based on the email conversation, you can head over to Docs and ask the AI to write a comprehensive brief or campaign. You can adjust the tone and voice to match your professional goals and your company culture. 

Accompanying Slides presentation produced for you

The new tools can then build an accompanying Slides presentation based on what the AI wrote in your brief. And based on the slideshow's written content, images, themes, and colorways can be uniquely tailored to the presentation. Within the presentation, AI can write your notes. 

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In Google Sheets, users can create personalized messages in the spreadsheet for customers, clients, or coworkers about the brief or campaign. 

Personalized Chat messages and Meet workflows

In Chat, you can ask the AI to create personalized messages to individuals or a team to thank them for participating. Depending on your feelings about the created message, you can ask the AI to rewrite it to elaborate, bullet your points, shorten the message, make it more formal, or use Google's staple "I'm feeling lucky" option for a randomized tone.

Google Meet will allow users to create workflows to increase productivity in formal and professional conversations. 

What this means for you

Google's new generative AI features aren't available to the general public yet. And it's unclear exactly when the features will be available. For now, Google is only beta testing the AI in English to ensure it's working the way it should. 

Google says the company ensures users remain in control over the AI and its writing. That means the option is always available to edit the AI's output. 

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Writing an interesting article is an art. You need to think about answering the right questions, using the correct writing techniques, and formatting your article in the best way. This may all seem a bit intimidating if you're new to article writing, but it's actually a lot easier than it sounds. If you know how to choose the right topic, write in a way that engages your readers, and use tricks to keep them hooked, you will be writing fantastic articles before you know it.

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It's similar to writing academic papers, but with vital differences.

Techniques for writing a news article differ from those needed for academic papers. Whether you're interested in writing for a school newspaper, fulfilling a requirement for a class, or seeking a writing job in journalism, you'll need to know the difference. To write like a real reporter, consider this guide for how to write a news article.

Choose Your Topic

First, you must decide what to write about. Sometimes an editor or instructor will give you assignments, but you’ll often have to find your own topics to cover.

If you get to choose your topic, you might be able to pick a subject related to your personal experience or family history, which would give you a strong framework and a dose of perspective. However, this route means you must work to avoid bias—you may have strong opinions that could affect your conclusions. You also could pick a topic that revolves around a personal interest, such as your favorite sport.

Research for Your News Article

Even if you end up with a topic close to your heart, you should begin with research, using books and articles that will give you a full understanding of the subject. Go to the library and find background information about people, organizations, and events you intend to cover.

Next, interview a few people to collect more information and quotes that give perspective on the topic. Don't be intimidated by the idea of interviewing important or newsworthy people—an interview can be as formal or informal as you want to make it, so relax and have fun with it. Find people with backgrounds in the topic and strong opinions, and carefully write down or record their responses for accuracy. Let the interviewees know that you will be quoting them.

Parts of a News Article

Before you write your first draft, you should be aware of the parts that make up a news story:

Headline or title

The headline  of your article should be catchy and to the point. You should punctuate your title using Associated Press style guidelines unless your publication specifies something else. Other members of the publication staff frequently write the headlines, but this will help focus your thoughts and maybe save those other staffers some time.

The byline is the name of the writer—your name, in this case.

Lead (sometimes written "lede")

The lead is the first sentence or paragraph, written to provide a preview of the entire article. It summarizes the story and includes many of the basic facts. The lead will help readers decide if they want to read the rest of the news article or if they are satisfied knowing these details.

Once you’ve set the stage with a good lead, follow up with a well-written story that contains facts from your research and quotes from people you’ve interviewed. The article should not contain your opinions. Detail any events in chronological order. Use the active voice —not passive voice —when possible, and write in clear, short, direct sentences.

In a news article, you should use the inverted pyramid format—putting the most critical information in the early paragraphs and following with supporting information. This ensures that the reader sees the important details first. Hopefully they'll be intrigued enough to continue to the end.

The sources

Include your sources in the body with the information and quotes they provide. This is different from academic papers, where you would add these at the end of the piece.

Your conclusion can be your last bit of information, a summary, or a carefully chosen quote to leave the reader with a strong sense of your story.

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How to Write a Newspaper Article – Tips

Writing is a vast domain that encapsulates various genres. Each one has different characteristics in terms of what information it aims to provide. Newspaper article, in this regard, has great significance, as it is a useful contrivance to inform masses about the current events.

Newspaper articles are an integral part of journalist writing. There is no denying that it does not only inform people but also help people shape opinions regarding various socio-political scenarios. You can approach journalistic writing in many ways, but the inverted pyramid structure is the most appropriate one.

The approach is about supplying the fundamental information first and then providing additional information at the end. This format of newspaper article depends on what a journalist deem to be most relevant. Journalist or writer structures the facts using inverted pyramid format to ensure readers get the important updates without reading the complete article. Following the inverted pyramid, the newspaper article incorporates descriptive content after the important factual information.

Besides that, objectivity is one of the important features of a newspaper article that require a journalist to present the things as they are. From incorporating factual account to covering a social event, every newspaper article must be based on the first-hand objective information.

To learn how to write a newspaper article, it is essential to follow the correct format. Plus, good research and the right organizational structure are the key constituents of writing an impactful newspaper article. Besides that, elements like interesting lead, catchy headlines, bylines and good additional information are the basic parts of a successful newspaper article.

Tips to Write A Good Newspaper Article

If you are an apprentice and looking for guidance to write a well-researched newspaper article, we have you covered. The guide has all the hands-on information you need to know about how to write a newspaper article.

Conduct Research

Writing an impactful and informative newspaper article requires a thorough research. It is your first step and a convenient way to accumulate first-hand reliable information. You need to,

 Contact Your Sources

To avoid hassles and procrastination, it is necessary that you contact the relevant sources in advance. Make appointments or fix meetings at least a week before. It will help you arrange interviews. For acquiring reliable information, choose at least 2 primary sources. Also, choose a source that is opposite to your subject and topic to perceive the issue from all angles. It will make your article well-rounded. Before choosing your sources to consider that,

Conduct a Structured Interview

In-person interviews are always beneficial for writing a newspaper article. Arrange it in a decent and quiet meeting place such as office or coffee shop. Prepare structured questions and ask for an interviewee’s consensus about recording it.

Work Out Secondary Sources

You need to collect information from other important sources like public libraries or various reliable online sources. Go through all the related articles, journals, and academic reports to search for accurate and factual information on your article’s subject.

Counter Check All the Statistics Prior to Adding Them in the Article

If your article includes statistical information or numerical data, checking them again may save you from any undesirable situation or claims in future. The key is to trace all the statistical data to its credible sources and counter check whether it is updated and correct.

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Structure Your Article

Once you have gathered the information and done with your research, it is the time to structure your article.

Create an Informative and Catchy Headline

The headline can make or break your reader’s interest. If it is not interesting, engaging and creative, it is less likely to draw the attention of the reader. Not only should it be creative enough to grab the reader’s attention but also precise and concise to reflect what your article is all about.

Create a Lead or Opening Paragraph

Lead, undeniably, is an essential part of your newspaper article. Learning ‘ how to make a lead ‘  will not only make your article engaging but also help you inform your readers in the better way. You can take the assistance of an expert or pro journalist to not only learn’ what is lead’ but also specific techniques to use them in your news article.

Lead is an opening paragraph in the article. Newspaper articles often seem banal with a multitude of sources and details. Most readers like to just skim through the first paragraph or first few sentences unless they find it interesting enough to read further.

A good Lead example tells readers important information in a concise, clear and interesting manner. Not only this, it further establishes a direction, tone, and voice of an article.

The following tips may help you create an impactful lead.

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Follow a Chronological Order When Writing a Lead

Beginning with a well-crafted lead, always follow a chronological order. That means to place the most important and current details first and so on. This will not only make your news article comprehensive but also help your reader skim through the beginning section. Provide updated information in the first 1-3 lines following the inverted pyramid approach.

Expand Your Article with Supporting Details

Once you created a lead, and if it is interesting enough to capture the reader’s attention and make him/her curious, he/she might want to discover more. Expanding the key details is all about telling people how something happened. Provide in-depth coverage on all the important aspects of the news story.

Summarize and reflect on the first-hand information you explored from the sources. Add a background, contextual information or any other detail related to subject matter or incident. Do not extend each paragraph more than   3 – 4 sentences to make it easy to follow along.

Include Supporting Quotations

Referring to sources in the article increases the credibility of information and adds value to your organization’s reputation. By including supporting quotation/ statement from sources, you can validate the information you are providing.

Choose pertinent, short, and brief quotations that are informative. Plus, make sure you attribute the used quotes to its source in the article.

Finish Your Article with Informative Link or Quote

To wrap up the news article, you can use an impactful quote. Including a link to a company/ organization’s website is also a good option if your article focuses on any specific organization.

For example, you can write, “the family of victim expressed a concern about his health” as they say ‘We just hope he’ll be okay won’t suffer from these symptoms”.

Alternatively, “Local police has recommended parents to accompany their children everywhere they go, website.

Use Appropriate Tone

Easy and clear language.

Making your news article linguistically complicated is not something your reader appreciates. Remember that your purpose is to inform the reader and if you use unintelligible language it will only distract them.

To put it simply, avoid using vague language, or the words which are not useful. Talk to your readers in lay man’s language to make it accessible to all kind of readers. Avoid constructing longer sentences or run-on sentences.

Use Active Voice

Being a journalist, your job is to inform ‘WHO’ did what. That means, including subject when writing a news article is a key to reduce obscurity. It is only possible when you use the active voice. The sentence structure becomes more vivid and informative in the active voice.

Maintain an Informative Tone

The newspaper article is for everyone and aims to inform the readers by giving them correct and updated information. That is why it is crucial to maintaining an informative tone that does not show your subjectivity. It must be based on a factual account, incident or event. Do not exaggerate the details by using hyperbolic language.

Polish Your Article

Last but not the least, once you are done with structuring your article, read it again to revise and refine it. The first draft has a lot of room to improvise. Read it from the perspective of your reader. See if it is informative, engaging and communicate what it intended to.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, writing a newspaper article requires you to collect factual details, and data from the verified sources. Plus, catchy lead, headline, and appropriate structure are some important features you need to consider. Thus, the above-mentioned tips are very helpful to make you write a well-structured news article.

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