When you have the central idea to build your writing on, you need to start developing ideas and adding more details to what you have already known about your topic. One of the best ways of how to develop an idea is to ask several questions that will help you supply your story with information your reader may probably want to know. Here is a simple article of how to develop an idea related to the topic of today’s news “One in four high schoolers drink harmful soda every day”. Let’s find out what question will help in developing ideas for this or any other topic.
First of all, ask the “Who?” question. You may ask in many different ways this question that is about people. For instance, “Who provides the info about school students?”, “Who says that soda drinking may be harmful?”, “Who will have to pay for the damage?” etc.
Next step is to ask the question “What?” You, as the author, may ask the following questions: “What is the harm that soda may cause?”, “What kind of diseases the sugary drink may be the reason of?”, “What kind of harmful chemical elements sweetened beverages include that may harm the organisms of teens?” A lot of “What” questions may be asked – it depends on how wide your topic is.
Now it is time to ask the “When?” question. This question gives us information about the time period involved. In such case we may ask: “When will the increase of soda drinking go into effect?”, “When did the scientists notice changes in statistics related to sugary drinking among teens?”
Make sure you have asked the “Where?” question. This question will help you mention the geographical locations involved. You may ask: “Where was the statistic information collected?”, “Where are the countries (cities) students drink soda drinks the most?”
Don’t forget to ask the “Why?” question. This question will provide you with the cause or reason of the topic that is of great importance. For example, you may ask: “Why are there so many students drinking soda?”, “Why does the number of students drinking sugary drinks increase?”, “Why do parents have to take measures in order to guard teens from soda overuse?”, “Why drinking soda may be harmful for teens?”
Make sure you have asked some other questions like “How?” For instance, one may ask “How will the situation be changed?” For this topic about soda drinking, or any other writing topic, if you ask related questions using the words we have mentioned, it will be easier to add important and necessary details in order to satisfy your reader’s attention and curiosity.