My example topic comes from a discourse community that I consider myself to be a member of: female Philadelphia Flyers fans (try saying that 5 times fast).
It's a topic that I know quite a bit about and am embedded within, giving me a unique look into the community.
Why is this topic important?
Step 1: Write down your topic statement.
A successful topic statement is usually just one sentence.
Examples of a topic statement
Examining female Philadelphia Flyers fans can illustrate a specific demographic for how hockey can grow and maintain its various fanbases.
Female Philadelphia Flyers fans can specifically illustrate how hockey, and sports in general, do not view female fans as valued members of their fanbase.
...another topic sentence?
Step 2: Pull out the keywords from your topic statement.
Keywords are the most important ideas found in your topic statement.
female gender women Philadelphia Flyers sports fan fandom hockey ice hockey