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So you’ve reached at least B2 level (where you are able to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in your target language) and you don’t want to stop making progress.  You’re motivated to improve your writing skills, but maybe you don’t know what to write about.  Here are some topics to consider under five categories. These categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive but can help provide inspiration for possible subjects to write about: Academic, Emotional, Professional, Startup, Technological.

Write about Academic Subjects

  • Things you agreed or disagreed with at conference discussions and lectures
  • Things you read about in magazines, newspapers, on Yozzi.com or Medium and discuss your thoughts and experiences on the topic that are interesting to you.
  • Pick two disciplines that interest you and discuss how they are interrelated.  See how to can contribute to a field that seems too closed and narrow-minded and let your insights bring in a fresh perspective.
  • Language learning methods.
  • Find an area with lots of quantitative information, do some research and qualify the data.
  • Find an area with lots of qualitative information, do some research and quantify it.

Write about what touches you emotionally

  • Books and stories you’ve enjoyed reading.
  • Intercultural encounters.
  • Your own motivation for wanting to write better in your target language
  • Insights gained from travel.
  • Insights gained from nature.
  • Lucid dreaming
  • Change and impermanence
  • A documentary you liked and how you feel about it
  • Compare your best negotiation to your worst negotiation and reflect on what went right during your best negotiation and what went wrong during your worst negotiation.  Consider what elements of your best negotiation you could have used to improve the outcome of your worst negotiation.
  • What’s wrong with something and how do you propose to improve it?
  • What advice would you give to your (fill in the age) self?  At a speech to a class graduating from high school, from university?
  • What do you feel when you look at a particular work of art or listen to a particular piece of music, or visit a particular place?
  • Take a controversial subject and develop the two sides of the argument as objectively as possible and leave it open to the readers to contribute their opinions and views.
  • Pet peeves and why you think people shouldn’t do them. What improvements there be on the planet without your pet peeves?
  • Something you used to fear or dread and how you successfully dealt with it and overcame the fear.
  • Look at discussions and questions on social media and write your answers to such topics.

Write about Professional Topics

  • Things you learned to apply from courses you’ve taken
  • Theories and tools that you’ve found interesting and useful at work.
  • Interview somebody you know who has a career, background, or experience that you find intriguing.
  • Look at professional discussion groups in your industry and write about current industry trends.
  • Discuss examples of how language learning and cultural intelligence have benefited productivity.
  • Think of an example of a language or cultural conflict in the workplace and suggest a solution.

Write about Startups

  • What makes for a successful startup team?
  • How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign?
  • Write about a startup that became successful and discuss the factors behind its success.
  • Write about a startup that failed and discuss what we can learn from the failure.

Write about Technology

  • Disruptive technology
  • Ways technology has improved your life
  • Latest gadgets and technological advances and how you feel they will impact your life and the lives of others
  • Aspects of technology that you can do without
  • Legal and ethical aspects of new technology and technological evolution
  • Write about how a particular object that we take for granted works.
  • Futuristic forecasts and where they’ve been right or wrong.

What are your thoughts on writing in your target language? Do you have favourite topics that others find interesting? How would you like to participate in a community writing challenge to improve your writing in a foreign language? Contact Dimitri if you’re interested.

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