Are you an Author or a Writer who is trying to brainstorm the perfect book topic idea? If that’s the case then this blog was created for you!
As someone who loves to write, I’m always trying my best to brainstorm the coolest methods and strategies for writing awesome books.
Of course, writing a book is a ton of effort, which is why creating this blog post is going to be so exciting for me, because hopefully these ideas will make the process of writing your book less of a hassle.
Book Topic Brainstorming Exercise # 1 – Take Inventory Of Your Skills And Knowledge
One of the fastest ways to brainstorm an awesome book topic idea with the best potential, is to take some time taking inventory of your skills.
This is actually trickier than you might think, because it’s so easy to underestimate the skills that you possess.
For example, as someone who has studied technology for so long, and as someone who has worked in IT, it’s so easy to forget that not everyone is a four eyed geek who lives on a computer 24/7 (lol).
It’s the same thing with you. I bet that you take your skills for granted.
That’s because, it’s so easy to forget all of the hard work, time, and dedicated passion that you’ve personally invested into your hobbies and professions over time.
So, that’s why this exercise is so ridiculously powerful, and there are so many powerful ways to brainstorm what skills you might have to showcase in a book.
For example, here are some awesome questions that prospective authors might ask in order to determine what skills they have:
- Ask yourself, what are your favorite hobbies?
- What jobs have you had?
- Do your friends, family and colleagues ever ask you for help? What skills do they request of you?
- Did you ever attend college? What skills and knowledge did you attain there?
- Did you ever take any certificate programs, or post graduated courses? What topics?
- What is your favorite thing in the world? What’s your true passion?
- If I asked your spouse, best friend, or previous boss what your top 3 skills are, what would they say?
Book Topic Brainstorming Exercise # 2 – Always Remember Your Unique Experiences And Stories!
I think that, these days, your own unique experience is arguably your biggest attribute.
Therefore, and in my opinion, one of the coolest ways to brainstorm powerful book topic ideas, is to brainstorm all of the unique ideas and experiences that you have relevant to your marketplace.
Do any of your personal insights, experiences or strategies in your niche jump out as a blatant unique angle that could be turned into a book idea?
Because always remember, that you are a very unique and phenomenal human living on this planet. You have a unique fingerprint, unique stories, unique techniques, strategies, unique DNA, and unique experience.
That, in my humble opinion, is your foremost attribute as an Author, because nobody on this planet has the exact experience that you have, and in my opinion, this lends itself to the idea that you have very unique ideas, and a unique perspective that your prospective readers may very well appreciate and even benefit from.
Book Topic Brainstorming Exercise # 3 – Following Your Passion
One of the easiest book topics to write, is the book topic that you want to write.
Often times, in an effort to avoid writer’s block, I’ll grant myself permission to write whatever the heck I want.
Because face it, writing a book is a ton of work. It’s awfully easily to just quit, or worse yet, to give up before you even get started.
So, one powerful idea is to simply write the book that you want to write.
In other words, this exercise is all about simply writing down the book topic ideas that you truly want to write about.
What book topics sound the most fun, exciting, and enticing to you?
Which book topic idea gives you motivation, inspiration, energy, and creativity?
If you can figure that topic out, then heck, can you really go wrong with following your gut, and your own internal compass?
Book Topic Brainstorming Exercise # 4 – Ask Your Existing Audience
If you have an email newsletter, an email list, a student base, a social media following, or any friendly colleagues that you trust, then consider asking for their input.
Ask your audience how you can best help them. Ask them what types of problems they’re having trouble with. Ask them what the BIGGEST annoyance is in their lives relative to their niche.
Data such as this can be hugely insightful regarding what types of content your audience might benefit from the most, which in my opinion can be a huge indicator and a signal.
When you know for a fact that your audience wants to learn more about a particular topic, in my opinion this can also serve as tremendous motivation to you, because you have a good idea to believe that your content can help people, which is a powerful variable to consider.
Book Topic Brainstorming Exercise # 5 – Take Note Of Questions That People Ask You
As an online teacher, and as someone who truly loves to help other people, I’m always shocked to see how much I learn about different marketplaces simply by answering questions.
As time goes on, I’ve noticed that students frequently ask the same questions over and over again.
My advice, is to pay close attention to details such as this, because your students are literally telling you what they need help with.
Students have asked how to build lead capture pages, how to install WordPress, how to write marketing emails, and how to ensure that their blog is optimized to convert.
Consequently, I also believe that all of these questions would serve as beautiful book topics, or at the very least they could be a mere chapter or segment or part of some type of book or course.
So, ask yourself, what questions do people ask you? Do your subscribers, readers, fans, followers, friends, or even colleagues ask you questions regarding your niche?
Take note of these questions, because in my opinion they’re super powerful.
Thanks For Taking Time Out Of Your Day To Read This Humble Blog Post!
I think that these days there are so many powerful ways that you can publish awesome books, and there are really big marketplaces such as Kindle which make it really easy for just about anyone to publish books.
That’s why I’m so excited about this topic, because I know how exciting it can be to brainstorm your first, or next book topic idea.
These strategies aren’t bulletproof, and they’re not some guarantee that you’ll ever actually finish your book. They are, however, designed to help making the initial process of figuring what you want to write, a little easier.
I do hope that this blog serves you well, and that at the very least, you had fun reading.
Until next time, please have a beautiful day!
Mike “The Perfect Start” DeVincent