I just want to say hi and welcome. I'm excited to be on this journey of learning how to become a writer
and I do hope you stay and follow along to the very end. I also hope I can offer you some useful tips along the way.
Well, this is the first post on my Book Writing Project where I'll share how I got the idea to start this project and the inspiration to become a writer.. it starts with an idea!
A part of learning how to write a book is to generate ideas. With some writers it comes easy, others not so.
It’s pretty obvious that before you can write a book you have to have some ideas about what it is you’re going to write about. Right?
You would at least need to know what the plot is going to be, so you can structure the rest of your book around it.
But what if you're stuck for book ideas, what can you do?
I'm going to give you some tips you can use to jog the old grey matter. Here's how I generated my creative book writing ideas for my very first book.
So how did I get the idea for my first book?
For me the ideas just seem to come to me. I don't know if it's luck or what it is, but they just seem to pop into my head, but usually from the following:
+ Life observations - people, things, situations
+ Wanting to highlight some injustice or wrongness in the world
The book I want to write, my book idea, was actually from a dream I had. The dream was so vivid I woke up and had to quickly write lots of notes. That was my first ever experience and desire to want to start writing a book.
Since then, I have had the ability of coming up with several ideas for books that I want to pursue in the future.
How did I get those ideas? A couple were from dreams again, a couple from life observations, and a couple from things that annoyed me in life.
I have quite an imagination and I love action, spy, thriller, conspiracy stuff. The book ideas I have are all fiction but with some important messages I feel I want to communicate.
This exercise can also help to inspire some ideas for a book
To help you get some ideas for your own book, grab a pen and paper, find a quiet spot, and write a list about:
+ What drives you
+ What you’re passionate about
+ What upsets you in life
+ What you see that upsets others in life
+ Past failures, losses, or worries
+ What you're too afraid to talk about
+ What successes you've had others can learn from
+ What are you expert at
You can expand the list yourself and it can be a soul searching experience. It’s about getting to know YOU better and hopefully you will create a big list of ideas for a book or two.
The more you look at yourself and life, the more ideas will surface. Write those ideas down.
It will also get you feeling more inspired and passionate, which is great. It does with me.
What about book ideas with passion and emotion?
Passion and emotion are very powerful things when it comes to writing or anything else for that matter.
Reading, seeing, or hearing anything with intense passion or strong emotion attracts alot of attention. Marketers use it in ads, on TV, or on social media.
Creating a story idea that has deep and strong feeling, perhaps controversial, will produce an effect (good or bad).
If anyone knows me I'm not a very passionate type, which is something I will need to work on. (I am English after all).
So if you are passionate about something then damn well show it! Right!
Okay, enough of the passion – it’s too much ;)
Fiction Or Non-Fiction Book Ideas?
How do you decide if your idea would be better as fiction or a non-fiction book?
I personally think it comes down to you and your preference, but here's some things to help you choose.
Are you a fact freak?
+ If you're a scientific thinker, like dealing in facts, have an eye for logic and love doing research, then writing factual based books is probably best for you.
+ If you have held an important post or position that people would just die to find out about, then that would be a great factual based book idea.
He was a former high ranking intelligence officer in the British Secret Service (MI5) and wrote his autobiography about his work which upset the British Government.
What a great idea for a book!
You don’t have to have had such a dramatic career as that though, to write a factual book.
If you're a computer whizz and can give expert advice, or an entrepreneur with tips on how you became successful, readers will be interested.
Are you a dreamer?
Now, if you just love to imagine and create stories straight from your head, like me, then book ideas of a fictional basis is probably for you.
With fictional stories creativity and imagination is a must in order to continue your story line. Imaginative writing ideas need to flow.
Unlike fact-based books, where you're writing about actual events that have already been created, fictional book ideas have to be created out of thin air (your head).
So what are you best at?