Think about your topic rhetorically

  1. Make sure you understand your purpose as an author. Are you supposed to take a side in an existing argument, explain a problem, propose a position, describe a project or process, or do something else? 
  2. Make sure you understand your audience and their expectations. Your audience may be your professor, or your assignment sheet may identify an audience for your work. If you don't know what their interests are, or what types of sources they will find convincing, find out. 
  3. Be clear about the types of evidence you should use.  If you have to use specific types of sources, make sure that you choose a topic that is discussed in those sources.  For example, if you have to use scholarly sources, make sure that you choose a topic that researchers are studying. 

Talk to your instructor

The best person to tell you how well a topic could work is your instructor.  They understand the point of the assignment, and they will be evaluating your final product or paper. 

But remember --  a good topic does not necessarily mean an easy topic. Academic research is difficult and frustrating at times, even when you are doing everything right.  Even with a great topic, you may struggle at times to find, analyze, intergrate or even understand your sources.

Ups and downs are normal!