My original, top-selling CD course is crammed with ideas, information and advice for anyone would like to write a book - whether for profit, personal satisfaction or to boost their business/career.
In just four hefty modules, Write Any Book in Under 28 Days sets out everything you need to know to devise, write, edit and sell a complete book in the shortest possible time, be it fiction, non-fiction or even a screenplay.
Here's an extract from the section of Module Two on getting ideas...
|Start by thinking about your job (and if
youre a student, a carer, a home-maker, a full-time
parent or an unpaid volunteer worker, that counts just as
well). Think about whether there are there aspects of
this which would be of interest to ordinary people, or
people who do similar jobs to you (or would like to).
Remember, you dont have to be an expert
now you can always research what you dont
know later. But clearly it helps if you already know something
about your subject. And by the very fact of doing a
certain job, you already know more than the great
majority of the population about this subject.
However, suppose your job doesnt suggest many ideas or you simply dont find it interesting or exciting enough to inspire you. Try thinking about jobs you have done in the past. Think about your hobbies and leisure interests, from baseball to gourmet cookery, astronomy to foreign travel. Could any of these provide the inspiration for a book?
And think about experiences you have gone through in your life. The topics below (an expanded version of the list in Module One) have formed the basis of many thousands of books already. How many of these could you write about from experience yourself?
Remember, the experience itself is just a starting point. From the list above, take Being a Student, for example. Here are just a few ideas for books which might derive from this:
Hmm. I might have a go at one or two of these myself! Seriously, the point I am making is that most people have the seeds for hundreds, probably thousands, of books within them already. All you need to do is spend a little time thinking about your life things you do now and things you have done in the past and consider how your knowledge and experience might be of interest to others.
And heres a further idea to make your idea even more attractive to potential readers and publishers: develop your own technology around it! And no, I dont mean you have to produce some clever gadget to accompany your book. By technology I mean a plan or system around which you can structure your book (or part of it).
An acronym is a good example of what Im talking about here. For those who dont know, an acronym is a word made up from the initial letters of other words or phrases. It acts as an aide memoire for the words concerned, and in many cases forms the basis for a set of guidelines or instructions. For example, advertising copywriters are often taught that any ad they write should meet the AIDA requirements. These are as follows:
1. ATTRACT the readers ATTENTION
2. Arouse INTEREST
3. Create DEMAND for the product or service
4. Prompt the reader to ACTION
Acronyms arent the only example of a technology you could invent for your book. The truth is, ANY original idea can work as long as it is snappy, easy to remember, and preferably contains at least a granule of truth! One example is Declan Treacy, the writer and entrepreneur behind Clear Your Desk Day. Treacys Big Idea (in a nutshell) was to tell harassed executives they could handle incoming paperwork more efficiently by assessing each item as it came in and allocating it to one of four categories: act on, pass on, file or bin. From this simple concept he created a world-wide best-seller, an international business organization and a highly paid career lecturing on the subject of managing your paperwork.
Or, if you want another example, take Stephen Covey. His book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People was based around a system for developing personal effectiveness through seven habits or principles. None of these is exactly rocket science for example, the first is Be Proactive and the second Begin with the End in Mind. Coveys Seven Habits have been widely adopted by consultants and trainers, and were even incorporated by Microsoft into some of their software (e.g. Microsoft Outlook). Coveys book has been translated into 32 different languages and has sold over 6 million copies to date. First published in 1989, it is still riding high in the best-seller lists today.
All very well, you may say, but Im not an international business guru maybe I dont even want to become one. It doesnt matter! Whatever area you plan to write about, create your own technology around it. Say youre going to produce a book about bringing up teenagers (a subject I know nothing about, by the way). A few moments thought gave me the acronym RAILS, made up as follows:
Give SPACE (or SUPPORT)
As well see in the next section, an acronym can also help provide the title for your book. In the above example, one obvious possibility would be Keep Your Teenager on the RAILS. I must admit, I can easily imagine this climbing high in Amazon.coms Top Sellers list! I dont think Ill be writing it myself, even so but if any reader wants to pick up the idea and run with it, Ill be happy to settle for 10 per cent of your royalties!
Finally, suppose you want to write fiction rather than non-fiction. The same principle applies use your own experience as a starting point, and build on this using your imagination and research. For example: a friend of mine writes detective novels from a police perspective; I believe theyre called police procedurals by those in the know. He doesnt have a police background himself and wrote his first novel entirely from his own imagination, aided by a little research from books. He particularly treasures one glowing review from a police magazine which congratulates him on the authenticity of his characters!
Of course, the real point is that people are the same the world over, whatever the occupation they happen to work in: some are conscientious, others slapdash; some are sociable, others solitary; some court trouble, others aim to avoid it. The same would doubtless be true in medieval times, the present day or the far future. All writers have to do is start from their own experience of the world and the people in it, and extend this.
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