Think about your poor professor before you pick your essay topic. He or she has to sit through hundreds of papers every year and often gets to read the same old thing over and over. Assuming that topics invariably affect your essays’ content, make sure yours is interesting enough to sit through until the end.
Giving your teachers a break from the mundane will give you more than the satisfaction of completing your essay; it will also ensure that your essay receives a high score. Many a subject can be passed if you master the science of essay writing.
The topic will direct the writing process
Your topic should serve to keep you grounded in your writing. All topics also possess an inescapable power to direct the very content of your essay. If your topic isn’t dictating your writing, you’ve gone off the rails and need to reposition yourself.
Topics can be broken down to generate content
The proper way to write an essay is by using the topic to define its sections. This simply cannot be done with a topic that is too short, too broad, too narrow, or too vague. Choosing the right topic for your essay means finding one that properly represents the content to be written.
Imagine choosing a poor topic and writing a good essay under it. The problem with this is that the topic won’t speak on behalf of your essay. The reader will be left confused (if he or she reads it at all), and the integrity of your essay will fall by the wayside.
A topic serves several important purposes in your essay
Your topic is more than just a title. It serves several key purposes in your essay which will in many ways define the final product of your overall paper. These include:
- Catching the reader’s attention
- Promising the reader the answers to a question or a mystery
- The promise of delivering a step by step instruction on how to perform or understand something
- A balanced (not too narrow and not too broad) portrayal of the whole essay