In this video I’ll show you how to develop an essay topic in 1 minute.
Today’s topic is “How does playing online video games affect adults?”
Step 1: We should decide – are adults affected positively or negatively? And let’s just make a decision and say “negatively.”
Step 2: Let’s write it out as our thesis – “Playing online video games affects adults in negative ways.”
Step 3: Let’s use the Power of Three to divide this topic and come up with three ways in which adults are affected. And let’s go.
- Way 1: Adults who play video games online tend to spend too much time doing it.
- Way 3: Adults often substitute virtual reality for real life experiences. Good. Now we need Way 3, which is always a little harder to come up with. But I’m thinking, I’m thinking. And – Eureka!
- Way 3: Adult gamers often spend too much money on their virtual realities. Okay, nice. This took us a bit under one minute, and the topic is now developed because we know exactly what to write in our essay.
And now let’s write out the complete thesis statement.
Playing online video games affects adults in three negative ways. Adults who play video games online tend to spend too much time doing it. Adult gamers often substitute virtual reality for real life experiences. And they often spend too much money on their virtual realities.
And there you have it – an essay topic developed in about 1 minute AND a complete thesis statement, which is a nice, juicy opening paragraph.