Consider what is going on currently in your hometown or issues in the national spotlight. What are personal interests you have you would like to explore in more detail? There are writing books and tutorials offering tips and advice on how to choose a topic for this form of writing. When coming up with a topic consider creating a plan to help complete your paper. The plan will give an early indication if the topic you choose will offer enough intriguing information for a good paper.
Study sample extended papers. When you think you have a good idea for a topic use a well-written paper to think about structure and organization of it. The more interesting the topic the easier it will be to write. Stick to something you know well to help you write the paper faster. This can also minimize the amount of time spent conducting research. Think about websites you would use for a potential topic to help you create one.