You can start brainstorming or free-writing, but eventually you'll need a thesis for the piece to stand on its own.
What is a thesis, exactly?
The short definition is an argument that you intend to prove.
This is often corroborated with research and logic, but I tend to think that a thesis can be a bit broader than that.
This isn't like middle school where you had to come up with a topic sentence before you could even start writing.
Theses can emerge from a more artistic discovery process.
You can write, and write, and write without knowing what you're writing about… and then somehow discover the whole point of what you're writing. This is the magic and mystery of writing.
Inevitably, though, you'll need a thesis, or you've got nothing. You need to be writing about something.
A thesis is the glue of anything you write.
It holds everything together. You can, in fact, write something that doesn't have a point, so don't assume that just because you're writing, that there's a thesis to it.
Do whatever you need to do to discover your thesis, but you must discover it. This is crucial. Otherwise, all you've written is a journal entry.
Here are some resources for developing a thesis:
My thesis for this blog would be: “Most people have the innate ability to become better communicators and grow into their creativity. They just need the proper tools, encouragement, and coaching.”
What's your thesis?
Share it in the comments section.