Writing Prompts: Thirteen Essay Ideas

Up until now, the writing prompts have focussed on fiction writing. This week, however, I’m going to show some love to our nonfiction writers and throw out some ideas for possible articles/blog posts/school essays.

1. Just recently a young girl in India was born with four legs and four arms due to a rare condition where her twin died in the womb and her body tried to absorb the tissue (link to article). Her village views her as the reincarnation of the Hindu goddess she is named after. Discuss how society treats those who are born outside the norm.

2. Discuss how you would overhaul our current system of government. Discuss if it is really necessary to have a governmental entity and what would it take for us to be able to get rid of it completely.

3. What does it mean to be success in our current age? How does that compare what it meant to be a success in previous ages and what success might mean in the future.

4. Is money the really the root of all evil?

5. In the age of information, do you think religion will go the way of the Dodo bird?

6. Wisebread talks about the optical illusion of portion sizes. It is a known fact that plate sizes in the United States have increased about 30% since the 1950’s. Why do you think that is and with the current trend of rampant catastrophic diseases, do you think we revert to the life of moderation we practiced in the past?

7. What is reality?

8. A recent report by a top scientist suggested that the human race will split into two distinct species. (link to article) Do you agree? Why or why not? If so, do you think it will the super/sub human split as the article describes?

9. Do you think the current trend towards eco-living will stick? Do you think it will be enough to stop and/or reverse the damage to the environment?

10. What is the purpose of life? (Life as in all of humanity, not individual life)

11. List the ten most influential movies of our time.

12. Human deviance is a fact of our existence. There will always be people who go against the status quo. Write about how this tendency has both helped and hindered us as a people.

13. Do you think the writing profession is treated as a serious profession in society?

Happy writing!

You’ve Found the Perfect Writing Job, Now What?

Finding a writing job is only half of the equation. Just like in the corporate world, you have to put forth an effort to secure the job as well. While there are many great opportunities available both online and offline, only those that are the most prepared will get the job.
To get the job

1. Research the publication

This is perhaps the most important step in the process, however, you would be surprised (or maybe not depending on your experience) at how many new writers fail to do this.

Researching the publication provides you with several important pieces of information that will help you nab that freelance job successfully. First, it will provide you with the contact information for the publication. This will allow you to personalize your query as well as make sure it gets to the right person.

Secondly, getting to know the publication will help you market to them better by understanding their reader demographics. A writing style that works for thirty-something business professionals will not transfer well to the teen market.
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