academic writing secrets

Free Essay Writing Advice: Choosing Good Topics for High School

Free essays are a common variety you’ll be expected to write about. Unlike other writing assignments, a free essay is one where you’ll be able to choose the topic you’d like to write about. So long as you keep to the right word-length and are well organized, the sky’s the limit.

But how do you choose something good to write about? Let’s take a look.

Keep It Personal (Or Personally Interesting)

People often have a hard time writing about things they couldn’t care less about. So when writing a free essay, you’ll need to make sure that you’re writing about a subject that’s personally interesting to you. Perhaps you can write about an experience you had. Or you could focus on a subject that’s fascinating to you and is something you’d like to learn more about.

If the passion’s there then it’ll be easier for you to write something that’s substantial and interesting. It’s often easy to tell if someone doesn’t care for the topic they’re writing about. Make sure you’re writing about something that you can keep talking about for more than a couple paragraphs.


Like with any other essay you’ll need to brainstorm. Some students may find it helpful to create bubble maps or lists to help them put their thoughts in order.

Think about what interests you. What do you want to write about? List everything that comes to mind. Then narrow it down. Eventually, you’ll want to settle on one topic. Once you have one, figure out what you’re going to write about exactly. For example, say you want to write about rabbits. Are you going to write about why rabbits are ideal pets? Or would you prefer to focus on the pet rabbit you had a kid? Either way, the more focused your topic is, the better it will be.

Stay on Track

Many free essays have one problem in common- they sound more like rambles than actual, well-thought out papers.

In order to circumvent this, you’ll want to make sure that you’re well organized before starting your first draft. Like any other paper you’ll be asked to write it’s a good idea to draft up an outline. An outline can provide you with a map and a backbone for your paper.

You need an introduction, three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion. Strong papers usually try to argue a point or tell a story. You wouldn’t read a book where the author talked to himself about rabbits and Lamborghinis instead of focusing on the story and his main character. So don’t write a paper that rambles. Figure out what you want to accomplish and get to the point. Your readers will thank you for it.


© All rights reserved.