Writing a research paper has a lot in common with constructing a building: both require careful planning upfront and thoughtful execution throughout, but most of all both need a lot of hard work to come out right. Perhaps the biggest pitfall when writing a research paper is dumping hours into the process, only to realize that you will not be able to complete the task you began. This requires you to pivot, revise your thesis, change your strategy, and possibly scrap your whole rough draft, but lets not get hasty. Before you make a huge mistake like this, save yourself a lot of time and energy by carefully choosing a topic. This article will teach you how.