It's important to have a topic that is the right scope for your assignment. When you start developing your topic, the two main problems you may run into are having a topic that is too narrow or too broad.
Your topic is probably too narrow when:
Your topic is probably too broad when:
To narrow a topic that is too broad, try to pick one sub-topic of the topic to focus on. If you are having trouble thinking of a sub-topic, try asking yourself questions about your topic. The answers to those questions can reveal sub-topics that might offer a possible route to narrow your topic. Below are some examples of questions you can ask.
For example, if your broad topic is the depiction of time travel in popular culture, you could ask yourself who a notable person related to this topic is. Your answer might be the fictional character of The Doctor, from the TV show Doctor Who. This gives you a narrower focus for your topic. Instead of writing about the depiction of time travel in all of popular culture, you can write just about one TV show.
To broaden a topic is too narrow, use this strategy in the reverse. Try to come up with broader categories into which your topic fits, and then choose one of those categories as your topic. For example, if your narrow topic is the Doctor Who episode "Blink," broader categories could be women in science fiction TV or David Tennant's portrayal of The Doctor.