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How I Got My Ideas For Writing My First Book

Here's How I Got The Ideas For Writing My First Book

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 new 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:

+ Dreams

+ 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.

Ever heard of the "Spy Catcher" by Peter Wright?
Spy Catcher Book

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 imagaination, 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?

Don’t Lose Your Book Ideas

Don't Lose Your Book Ideas

One of the stupidest mistakes I've made is to think I will remember a GREAT idea for a book and not write it down immediately :(

My first ever idea for writing a book was again from a dream.

You probably know all to well that when you wake from a dream it’s so real and in the morning that dream becomes vague at best. This is what happened to my idea.

I had this fantastic book idea (before the one I'm going to write for this project) but decided not to write it down until the morning.


POOF! It was gone!

No idea. No book. I was royally pi$$ed cheesed off!

I’ve been caught out a couple of times on this, about not writing down my ideas, and I could have seriously kicked myself.


3 ways to record your book ideas so you don't forget them

+ A handheld portable digital recorder (my favorite)

+ Mobile phone (if you have a voice recording app)

+ The traditional pen / pencil and paper

One of the best things to do is to get yourself a digital recording device to easily record your ideas for your book.

Why a recording device and not a pen and paper?

I found writing to be too slow when I can simply flick a switch and start babbling whatever ideas come to mind, no matter how silly. And I can later transfer the file to my computer. It's so easy!

A mobile phone is okay but if yours is like mine it stops recording if someone calls me - then I'm buggered!

So keep something on you, or to hand, whereby you can quickly capture and not lose your ideas for a book.

Keeping something to record with next to your bed at night is another good idea. I have countless ideas when I’m resting, which seems to be the best time my ideas come to me.

Find out when you get your best ideas and get something to record them!

Here’s Some More Ideas For Book Inspiration

+ Television – if you watch a programme and you feel angry, upset, or passionate about what you’ve seen then there’s something you can write a book about.

+ Real life eventsif you see someone do something very exceptional such as run across America like "Forest Gump", write a story. Write of adventures along the way. (Ok it was a movie, but you get the idea).

+ Poorly written booksyou read a book about something you're expert in that is poorly written or untrue. Could you do better? Write a book about it!

What Does Your Public Want To Read About?

I want to talk a little about what your reader public (type of readers) want.

Why? Because that’s whose gonna be buying and reading your books.

Public? What is that?

"Public" is a PR (Public Relations) term, simply meaning the "different types of audiences".

There are many different groups of reader publics (audiences) such as:

+ Teenage Public
+ Adult Public
+ Children Public
+ Sci-fi Readers Public
+ Fantasy Readers Public

The list can go on. But to help you with your book ideas you can find out what your public wants to read about.

Getting a good understanding of what people want or like to read, can give you a great advantage when choosing your own book ideas.

Ok, so the first thing to do is to figure out who your Public is going to be.

If you plan on writing books for kids then that's your "Public". You can go ask some kids what they like to read about.

If you plan on writing a detective series, go talk to some private investigators to see what they would want to read about. Get some real life stories from a gumshoe.

You get the idea? Your Public can give you great ideas for your book.

How can you find out what people want or like to read about?

+ Surveys – Ask people what they like to read and catagorize the results to see the best ideas.

+ Best Sellers – Have a look at what is already selling well in the Best Sellers lists and see what types, genres they are. Check the best sellers on

+ Internet – Another great tool to help you look for ideas and topics is on social networking sites. What are people talking about and sharing. What's trending?

Finally - Dare To Be Different In Your Ideas!

It can be a risk but you could do it. Try introducing an entirely new idea, create a new genre of book or book category. Imagine that!

I’m sure "Lord of The Rings" was an audience changer. Now there's lots of similar books.

I’ll leave that idea for you to chew on :)

If you have any other tips for book ideas then let me know below.

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