THE LIST: 30 Great Article Writing Ideas and Topics You Need

Open in Case of Writing Emergency!

You’re staring at a blank screen. You type a sentence and then delete it. Unsure how to begin or what to write, you remember: THE LIST.

This list (that the future you is just now recalling) features great writing ideas grouped by popular article topics to give your next writing session (and all future writing sessions) a running start!

From showing off your great management skills to creating a compelling connection with readers, check out each of these writing ideas to inform readers and leverage your authority as a leader in your niche.

Better Personal and Professional Management

  1. Prioritization Hacks: Help your readers hack their day! Provide a list of top priority, moderate priority and low priority things to help your readers find balance in their hectic lives.
  2. Effective Communication: The largest flaw for most businesses and relationships is ineffective communication. Present a list of common communication downfalls and solutions to overcome those hurdles.
  3. Calculated Risk: No growth is ever made without risk. Provide examples of areas your readers should take more risk and then also provide examples where they should rein in risk that is a bigger threat.
  4. Smarter Shortcuts: Ever take a shortcut that actually ended up costing you? Were there red flags? What lesson did you learn? In hindsight, what was the reliable solution in the long run? Let your readers know.
  5. Wake-up Call: We’ve all been disillusioned at one time or another. Describe a time when you thought all was going well and then explain the moment when it came to a screeching halt as well as what was the wake-up call.

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A Growing Business

  1. Blogging: Share the benefits of blogging and why it’s effective in your niche. Give your readers some basic how-to steps to get started and some final tips about blogging in your particular niche.
  2. Why Write: Show the value of writing and how it can be truly more effective than other mediums. Share what you think written information will be like in the future and provide resources to help new writers.
  3. Etiquette: Every niche has its own rules of etiquette. List examples of rude behavior in your niche and then ways being respectful with good manners will often help you get ahead.
  4. Help Say Thanks: Share a time when you communicated gratitude effectively (or not so effectively). Provide a list of ways your readers can thank others and then show your readers how they can benefit from being appreciative.
  5. Good Service: Show the state of customer service in your niche and explain why good customer service is important. List 5 steps to achieve customer satisfaction.

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Technology and Today

  1. The Rule Book: Setting out on a new venture is always exciting, but there are a few rules that many newbies are blindsided by when getting started. Provide a list of rules and actionable steps to navigate through regulations.
  2. Tech-Driven World: Devices, apps, and more technology are constantly being developed in every niche. Show your readers the must haves, the wants, and even the retired technology to help them stay up-to-date.
  3. Trade Book Review: Review a book, website, blog, magazine, or other resource. Describe the effect it had on you and your niche.
  4. On-the-Go Mobile: Show readers how mobile devices help people work faster and smarter in your niche and then list 3 ways people can take advantage of mobile phones to maximize their mobile exposure.
  5. Social Media Tips: Show readers how to dismiss fears of social media, create compelling content, and promote themselves in an acceptable manner.

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Comparisons and Lists

  1. 20/20 Hindsight: Take a walk backwards in time. Pick a topic and begin at the final scene and then jump to the beginning to show how you arrived to the final scene.
  2. Only the Best: Explain the process you use when determining whether a product or service in your niche is great. List questions that you use to appraise the value and any consequences should you not follow it.
  3. Niche Oddities: Every niche has a secret or something entirely unusual. Share that creepy element or strange concept with readers by providing background information on it.
  4. Top 10: Pick a theme and introduce your list, such as a product, solution, or trait. Countdown each item from the least important to greatest importance to snowball each of your bullet points to build momentum.
  5. Change vs. Tradition: Share how things have changed and what hasn’t changed in your niche. Identify the change (gradual or instant) as well as show what traditions have continued and why.

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Spread the Word

  1. Reputation Management: Provide a list of steps readers can take to build their reputation. Also, list helpful resources that will help them achieve success.
  2. Product Reach: Help your readers create a product release strategy. Provide a list of resources and elements they need to include in their strategy to make it strong.
  3. Compel With Humor: Humor often breaks barriers. Share a funny story from your own experience in your niche. What was the lesson or moral of the story? Remind readers how to see the humorous side of things.
  4. Make it Enticing: List methods that you employ to make people crave what you have. Next, list failures when it comes to marketing and how they fail to entice the audience.
  5. Breaking Barriers: Share a barrier (actual or perceived) that blocks your readers. Identify what is the actual cause of the problem and then give tips to overcome the issue as well as to prevent it.

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Appeal to Emotions

  1. Happy Accident: We all have encountered an event at one time or another that has led to a fortuitous result. Tell a detailed story about a serendipitous event and how it served as a lesson or provided great meaning for you.
  2. Shame: Share a time when you made a huge mistake. Provide a tip to avoid making the same mistake. Give additional tips that show the reader how to handle it if they encounter an embarrassing situation.
  3. Miracles Happen: Share a story of a small miracle. Help open your reader’s eyes by showing readers ways that they too can recognize miracles in their life and tools to help change their perspective.
  4. Law of Attraction: Discuss a time you decided to use visualization to get something you wanted and the outcome. Give tips to help people use the law of attraction in their own lives.
  5. Surprise: Set the scene for a shocking story. Tell the story while building suspense and then when the tension is too much to bear, unleash the big surprise. Finally, give your readers the valuable lesson.

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Denise Rutledge writes:

(That future you IS now recalling)? Great list despite the grammar slip.

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM


David Croucher writes:

You read the list carefully, Denise. But not quite carefully enough!

“(that THE future you is just now recalling)” is correct – was it this way originally of is this a correction? ‘the future you’ is a common expression for ‘your own self many years in the future’, and is good grammar today. Whoever coined it first needs a medal for concise expression!



I like this.. I like it a lot.

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM



fyi.. can’t be pinned. I like to add things to my pinterest to refer to later. Bummer.

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM




Hi Kathy,

Can you try using the Pinterest button at the top of the page again? I’ve tested it and was able to pin it to my Pinterest account.



David Croucher writes:

…aaand a good list it is, too! Another one to stick on the ‘fridge – good thing I’ve got a big one.

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 1:59 PM


Kemya Scott writes:

These are some pretty cool topics. And the list includes quite a few unique ideas not usually found on these types of lists. Thanks!

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM


Mary Tucker writes:

Thanks for this very information rich article. It really hits home. As always thank your writers for assisting me toward a path of writing success.

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 7:10 PM


Matthew Morris writes:

I haven’t tried any pf the template packages. This certainly makes them seem tempting.

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM


David Croucher writes:

You can get by without the templates, Matthew. You just need a lot of innovation and a strong background in writing, then trawl the help pages here and the internet for good starter ideas. On the other hand, if your time is money, ditch the bottom-level research, start with a template and build up from there!


Gracious Store writes:

Very interesting list! I like the “calculated risk” Life is a risk and growth cannot happen without someone taking a well calculated risk

Comment provided February 3, 2014 at 9:20 PM


Vijay Khosla writes:

Very Interesting…A good list to be tucked in front of your PC.

Comment provided February 4, 2014 at 12:17 AM



Refreshing and Useful tips.

Comment provided February 4, 2014 at 4:57 AM


Karleen Lindsey writes:

This list will really come in handy when I’m stuck on what to write about. Thanks so much for providing it for us, Vanessa.

Another one under A Growing Business that I have been considering writing about is Ethics – white hat vs. black hat and how good ethics will sustain a business much longer than bad ethics.

I’ll definitely be printing this out and keeping it near my computer. Thanks!

Comment provided February 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM


That is a great addition, Karleen!

Happy to hear you will be printing it out for future ideas. :)



Peter Walker writes:

This list provides great tips. I am new to EzineArticles and this will be useful to me.

Comment provided February 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM


Dave Sumner writes:

Vanessa, I have enjoyed your email series recently and I was glad you included risk in your list (3 of 30 above). As a professional risk manager, I can tell you that risk and how much to accept is a part of everything that we do. It is the way that everyone calculates risk differently that makes life interesting (and so risky!). More writing about ways to deal with various risks can only be beneficial. Thanks again.

Comment provided February 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM



Thanks. I must get the templates.

Comment provided February 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM



Me likey!

Comment provided February 5, 2014 at 5:39 AM


Thomas Bux writes:

we also need inspiration to write i guess..

Comment provided February 8, 2014 at 4:48 AM


Stephanie Riggs writes:

The purpose of article writing is to update your blog or website and it is always recommended to write articles on the basis of your readers. I appreciate your good work of providing helpful tips for bloggers and other people who face problem in writing effective articles for their websites.

Comment provided February 22, 2014 at 1:32 AM


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