Picking a topic is perhaps the most important step in writing a research paper. To do it well requires several steps of refinement. The next step is to narrow your topic. Are you interested in comparison?
Your first challenge in writing a how-to essay is deciding on a topic. If you're like many students, you might feel as though you don't know anything well enough to teach others. But that's not true. All people have something that they can do so well that they don't even think about how to do it anymore—they just do it. When you read over the list below you will realize that you do know many things in depth, some well enough to teach. Typically, your inspiration will be based on lateral thinking.