Topic Talker

Making Trail for The Perfect Topic

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on June 15, 2010

One debated topic in my hometown is whether motorized vehicles should be allowed on trials in the wilderness.

This is a great topic because through research and interviews, you might be able to get both sides come to an agreement. Do motorized vehicles ruin trails? Or, is that what the trails are made for?

Begin your “trail”:

-Talk to locals about their ideas

-Talk to forest service

-Research the laws and regulations of your state

-Research the motorized vehicle driver’s rights

-Attend local meetings (You may need to organize one yourself)


Serious Topics

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on June 15, 2010

In my local area there has been 4 teen suicides in the past year. I live in a small town so suicide can be an extremely touchy topic. If you choose to write about suicide, assisted suicide, or manslaughter you should be very careful and mindful of the family of friends who have experienced this first hand. I would recommend finding another topic unless this topic is important to you and you feel you can be professional. Will anyone benefit from your research? If so, go for it!

-Find statistics

-Research help lines and prevention

-If possible, interview someone who had experienced it first hand. (Remember to be mindful and respectful)

A Healthy Topic

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on June 15, 2010

During my freshman English class at BYU-I, a classmate shared with the class a topic that I found very interesting. Should there be an age restriction on indoor tanning? I have never put much thought into this topic and it sounded interesting and unique. Not a month later did I see a commercial on television advertising the dangers of indoor tanning. This must be a topic that is important and interesting for people. Is indoor tanning dangerous? Is it healthy? Can it become addictive? I have heard valid arguments for each question. So, should there be an age limit on tanning?

-Talk to local tanning salons

-Talk to a dermatologist or local doctor

-Research the effects of indoor tanning

-Research seasonal depression and acne

-Speak with parents and adults

-Research your state’s tanning laws and regulations

Giving Your Best Topic

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on June 15, 2010

Midway College published a list of 100 Research Paper Topics. Among the many great ideas #10 jumped out to me. “Should shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes?” This issue might be a strongly debated topic in large cities and high schools. If this is the case I would urge you to find a topic that is a little more unique. However, in small towns the thought of companies giving away shoes or equipment to high school athletes may be a shock. In this case, research could be fun and interesting for you and your audience.

In the world today, every professional or college athlete is given some article of clothing or accessory in order to sponsor and advertise for the company and the athlete. But what about high school athletes? Should they be told what they can and cannot receive as a gift? Or, does this give the student an unfair advantage?

Good ideas to start with:

-Does this really happen?

-What qualifies a high school athlete to receive these gifts?

-Research Lebron James high school biography

-Search for stories near you.

-Interview your local high school athletes. What do they think? (Put them in the shoes of an athlete getting the gifts and also an athlete not getting the gifts)

-Research high school sports laws and regulations.

Dialing Into a Fun Topic

Posted in Topic Ideas by shanaecf on June 15, 2010

My favorite research topic that I wrote would have to be on cell phone jammer in high school. This was a very interesting topic to me and my audience. Cell phone jammers block service signals; therefore, leaving the student unable to use there cell phone during class. This topic is great because it is easy to find a solid argument for each side. Should they be allowed? Do they help students concentrate and earn the grade they deserve? Or, do they take away the freedom of the student? What is a student supposed to do if there is an emergency?

Whether you support the cell phone jammers or not, you should address the opposite side and give valid reasons. Here are some great ideas for research:

-Talk to local high school teachers and principals

-Talk to student. Do they use a cell phone during class? Do they think it would be effective?

-Find the laws and regulations within your state.

-Are there schools that already have these devices? If so, are they effective?

-Find information about the devise and how it works.

-Search for alternative devices or methods.

Touchy Topics

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on June 2, 2010

While it is important to find an interesting topic, it is also important to stay away from touchy/already debated topics. Topics such as “Gay Marriage”, “Abortion”, and “Immigration” are debated and argued on a daily basis. Using these topics can lose your readers interests and only further anger them if they have already established their opinions. A good research, essay, or persuasive paper should be unique and present the reader with new ideas. Try topics that are not usually talked about. You will have a more effective outcome and readers will keep reading.

Topic Importance

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on May 26, 2010

“On a separate sheet or screen, summarise what it is about your piece which is so important.  What message do you want your readers to come away with?  Start with images, points or scattered words. Build these into a few sentences or just look at them. You will find some ‘gold’ within this brainstorming activity which you can then include in your opening sequence.”


Write Anything

May 26, 2010

Annie brings a very important point to attention. “What message do you want your readers to come away with?” As you continue what seem like the never-ending search for the right topic, it is important to consider your audience. The easiest thing for a reader to do is to stop reading. Is your topic going to be interesting for others to read? Is in original and eye catching? Talk to others about their interests and topics that would keep them reading. However, this rule goes both ways. The easiest thing for you as a writer to do is to stop writing. Remember to choose a topic that also interests you. You should have a few interesting topics to choose from just by thinking of your interests and your target audience.

Beginning with Words

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on May 18, 2010

Finding the perfect topic to write about can be harder then just making a simple list of interests. Talk to others about their topics and ideas. Many times, I have received inspiration by talking to my classmates and friends about my ideas and getting their opinion. Just like putting your ideas on paper, putting the into words can help the creative juices flow. You might say something that will surprise you and give you a great idea for the perfect topic for you. Also, your words may give your classmates or friends inspiration for not only you but themselves. Don’t be afraid of sharing ideas.

Where To Begin

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on May 17, 2010

Why is it so hard to find a simple topic to write about? Many times the reason you can’t find a topic is because you weren’t given something specific to write about. A teacher simply says, “It needs to be interesting and at least 3 to 4 pages”. There are millions of topics anyone could write on, so start by listing a few simple ideas. It also helps if the topic is something you are interested in or already know a lot about.

“A foundation piece of advice on how to start to write is to begin with what you know by writing your observations on everyday life.”

– Annie

Write Anything

May 5, 2009

A Little About Myself & Topic Talker

Posted in Introduction by shanaecf on April 28, 2010

Hello! My name is Shanae Farmer. I am currently attending Brigham Young University in Idaho where I am majoring in English with an emphasis on Professional Writing and minoring in Advertising. Along with writing English papers, I love being outdoors, camping with my family, and watching my younger sister play softball. My dream job would to be a stay-at-home working mom; being a Technical Writer.

Whether a student is writing a short story or research/persuasive essay, often times the hardest part can be finding a topic. This has always been the hardest part of writing for me. The topic must be interesting to not only the reader but also to the author to make the piece successful. I am creating Topic Talker for all those who struggle to find exciting topics. I will give many suggestions while also teaching others how to use their imagination to create their own topics.

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