Selecting a Writing Topic

August 23rd, 2013

Question-MC900441902So, you’ve finally decided that you will begin to write professionally. Although you prefer to stay in the background, you’ve given in to the suggestions and prodding from close friends and family members who know you best. They’ve been reading your material for years as they offered you encouragement to use your gift. You’ve denied it or run from it for as long as you can. You decide to answer the call of your heart and inner and outer prodding and have decided to write!

You would think that committing to writing would be the most difficult step. In some instances, this is the most difficult step. Some writers can come up with an idea and like magic; their fingers glide across the keyboard and don’t stop until they have a finished product. I can identify with that writer sometimes.

Most often, I can identify with the writer who stares at the blank document or blank screen willing my fingers into action. I’ve yet to figure out why all of the data in my head does not connect with my fingertips.

Here are some steps that help me to select a writing topic:

  • Take a walk. – Walking is therapeutic. It’s relaxing. It can clear the cobwebs in the head. Walking also takes you away from the frustrating task of finding a topic.

*While walking, look around at your surroundings. What do you see? Could anything that you’re looking at right now become a writing topic or the topic of your next book?

*You don’t want to or can’t walk outside? Walk around your home. Look at family photos. Is there a family member that you would like to write about? What about last year’s vacation? You are literally surrounded by writing topics.

  • Read a book. – Is there a topic that you’re interested in, but you need more information so that you can write about it? Good writers are generally good readers first.
  • Read your emails. – I have hundreds of emails – many of which I am not interested in reading at the time. I file those emails in a folder that I visit on a regular basis. Some of those emails will be used as writing topics.
  • Read a magazine. – I subscribe to several magazines simply to scan them for possible articles.
  • Remember when? – Many of us enjoy talking about the good ole days. Many also enjoy reading about those days. Take a trip down memory lane and write about it.

Selecting a topic can often be the most frustrating step in the writing process. Can you think of any other places to find and develop your writing topics? I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, Happy Writing!

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Written by Lorraine Castle ©2013