Do you want to write a book? But have no idea what to write about?
If you are reading this blog chances are you are an aspiring author who would love to write a book, but you have no idea how to get started.
In this blog post I will present 3 different ways you can find a topic for your first book. Or even your next book if that is the case.
The first thing you need in order to write your book of course is an idea for a book topic.
What kind of book will you write? What will the topic of you book be? How do you come up with a topic for your book?
There are many different ways you can go about finding a topic idea for your book. Here I will present just a few of them. These methods apply mainly to non-fiction writers. However, fiction writers may find something of value in these tips as well.
Tip #1. You may have heard many times; write what you know. This is an excellent starting point. You can only write what you know. And don’t forget to add your imagination. This is especially true for fiction writers.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Start by looking at what you are passionate about. What are your interests? What do you love to do? What are you good at? What are you knowledgeable about?
One way you can go about this is by making a three column chart on a piece of paper. In the first column list all your passions. In the second column list everything you’re knowledgeable about. And in the third column you will list any items that are in both the passion and knowledge columns. This third column is your book topic column. This will give you an idea of some of the topics you can write about. You may want to write about a topic you have an interest in, but have little or no knowledge about. If this is the case, then obviously you will need to do more research or gain more experience before you can write about it.
Tip #2. Another way to find a book topic is to do some research on Amazon. Look in the categories of the types of books you are interested in writing. See what other authors are writing about that topic. Read some of the book descriptions to get an idea of what you could write about. Sometimes there is an idea in the book description that could be the focus of a whole book topic. This is true about the table of contents as well. A whole book could be written about one idea that the author has broken down into chapters.
You can also look for what might be missing in other books on your potential topic. Again read the book description and read as much as you can in the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon. See if you can find what’s missing in these books. If you can find what the author might have left out of his/her book, you can use the missing information as the topic of your own book.
One other way you can get book topic ideas on Amazon is by looking at the one star reviews. The one star reviews will tell you what is missing in these books. This missing information could be the subject of your new book. Also pay attention to other aspects of one star reviews. Comments such as “author was too repetitive”, “To much information crammed into too little space”, “formatting was not correct”, “book was an advertisement for author’s paying products”, etc., etc., etc.
These comments are clues for the things that you should avoid with your own book. If you have already started your book you may need to edit the material you already started. If for example you find that you are cramming too much information into your book, you may need to edit it and approach it in another more concise way.
Another words, learn from the mistakes other authors have made with their books.
Tip #3. Another way to get a book topic idea is to listen to what other people are saying. What do people complain about the most? What questions do they want answered? These could be clues to your first or next book topic.
If you have a blog, read the comments from your readers. This will give you an idea of what kind of information they are looking for. If you don’t have your own blog, look at other blogs that are similar to your niche and see what their readers are saying in the comment section of their blog. Your readers will usually give you clues to the kind of information they are looking for by the questions they ask. Also look for common threads in your reader’s comments. You can get a lot of book ideas just from paying attention to what other people are saying or commenting on.
These are just a few of the ways you can find a topic for your first or next book. There are many other ways of course.
How do you go about finding a topic for your book? Please share your tips with us in the comments below.