One of the most difficult parts of an assignment can be selecting a topic. Topics that are too narrow may lead writers to stretch the material, padding the essay with redundant or irrelevant information. Topics that are too broad may lead to superficial, oversimplified essays that never get beneath the surface. Selecting an appropriate topic can make the writing process much easier.
Overview This site overviews the strategies of brainstorming, prewriting, and understanding assignments.
Narrowing or broadening your topic This site provides advise on refining your topic.