50 Writing Prompts: Causes and Effects

Writing Suggestions for an Essay or Speech

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When we ask the question "Why?" about a subject, we usually begin to explore its causes. When we ask "So what?" we consider the effects. Cause-and effect writing involves drawing connections between events, actions, or conditions so as to achieve a clearer understanding of the subject.

Whether we choose to focus on causes (the reasons for something) or on effects (the consequences of something) depends on our subject and our purpose for writing.

In practice, however, the relation of cause to effect is often so close that one can't be considered independently of the other.

You'll find that some of the following topic suggestions emphasize causes while others focus on effects, but keep in mind that these two approaches are closely related and not always easy to tell apart.

50 Writing Prompts: Causes and Effects

  1. The effect of a parent, teacher, or friend on your life
  2. Why you selected your major
  3. The effects of cramming for an examination
  4. The effects of peer pressure
  5. Why some students cheat
  6. The effects on children of a broken marriage
  7. The effects of poverty on an individual
  8. Why one college course is more rewarding than another
  9. Why many people don't bother to vote in local elections
  10. Why more and more students are taking online classes
  11. The effects of racial, sexual, or religious discrimination
  12. Why people exercise
  13. Why people keep pets
  14. The effects of computers on our everyday lives
  1. The downside of smartphones
  2. The environmental effects of bottled water
  3. Why reality shows are so popular
  4. The effects of pressures on students to get good grades
  5. The effects of a coach or teammate on your life
  6. The effects of not keeping a personal budget
  7. The causes of noise (or air or water) pollution
  8. The effects of noise (or air or water) pollution
  1. Why so few students read newspapers
  2. Why many Americans prefer foreign-built cars
  3. Why many adults enjoy animated movies
  4. Why baseball is no longer the national pastime
  5. The effects of stress on students in high school or college
  6. The effects of moving to a new town or city
  7. Why sales of DVDs are declining
  8. Why growing numbers of people shop online
  9. The effects of the rapid increase in the cost of going to college
  10. Why students drop out of high school or college
  11. Why college mathematics (or any other subject) is so difficult
  12. Why some roommates don't get along
  13. Why adults have more fun than children on Halloween
  14. Why so many people eat junk food
  15. Why many children run away from home
  16. The long-term effects of unemployment on a person
  17. The influence of a book or a movie on your life
  18. The effects of music downloading on the music industry
  19. Why texting has become such a popular means of communication
  20. The effects of working while attending school or college
  21. Why workers in fast food restaurants often have low morale
  22. The effects of not getting enough sleep
  23. Why increasing numbers of children are overweight
  24. Why TV shows and movies about zombies are so popular
  25. Why bicycles are the best form of transportation
  26. The effects of video games on young children
  1. The causes of homelessness in your community
  2. The causes of eating disorders among young people