Finding a good book topic can seem like searching for the holy grail…
…or like staring into a crystal ball in the hopes of finding the right answer, the right idea for your book.
I’m guessing that you struggle to come up with ideas, particularly when you’re trying hard.
You may think you have nothing to write about, that you have nothing to contribute to the world…
…that you haven’t experienced anything interesting enough in your life to warrant writing a book about it.
I know you know where I’m going with this but clearly, I need to tell you anyway.
Of course you have SOMETHING to write about. It’s just about finding a good book idea in amongst ALL the ideas you have.
And if you have no idea? Then you’re going to love what I like to call The Discovery Method.
The Discovery Method will help you figure out good book topics so that you always have a running list of book ideas you can pull from when you’re ready to write your next book.
Follow the steps outlined below to discover what your next book idea is going to be.
Step #1: Brainstorm
Grab a piece of paper or whatever you use to take notes, and set a timer for 30 minutes.
The aim of the game is to write down everything you’ve got an interest in.
Write down anything that you love, or that you’ve wondered about, or that you wish you could do.
Write down what you do in your day job, what you’re good at.
Anything that comes to mind when you think about writing a book.
The point of this exercise is to free write.
No idea is off limits; you’re just writing down what you’re thinking.
Step #2: Sleep on it
This might seem silly to you, but hear me out.
Once you’ve got that list written down, sleep on it.
In other words, leave the list alone for 24 hours and then come back to it.
Set the timer again for another 30 minutes and write down any other ideas that come to mind.
No need to over think this one. Just do it.
Step #3: Visit your local bookstore
There’s no point sitting around at home anymore, It’s time to get out of the house and visit your favorite bookstore.
Take your time and browse the nonfiction aisles and write down the titles of any books that jump out at you.
What interests you about those books? Are there potential book topics missing?
Write these down too.
Ideas should be firing left, right, and centre about now.
Step #4: Visit Amazon.com
Once you’ve completed the previous steps, it’s time to jump online and visit your favorite local online bookstore, Amazon.com.
Head to the Kindle store and start looking in the different categories that interest you.
Make a note of the books you’re attracted to here, just like you did when you were in the physical bookstore.
Take this a step further and check out the 3-star reviews on those books you like. Are there ideas there? Maybe the author didn’t cover everything and there’s a gap you can fill.
Write it down.
At the end of this process, I find most people have at least 50 book ideas written down.
At this point, Neville might rear his ugly head and start saying softly, “You don’t have anything to write about, remember?”
But that’s not true, is it?
By completing the Book Idea Method, Neville’s negative-nelly chatter goes right out the window, right?
If you want to dive deeper into this a little deeper, my book “I AM An Author: Shift Your Mindset and Become a Successful Author in 90 Days!” goes into more detail and helps you deal with the constant negative inner voice we tend to have to deal with on a regular basis as budding authors.
You can grab your copy here on Amazon.
Remember, you’re just one good book topic away from a best selling book.
You owe it to your prospective readers to share what you know with the world!