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Unleashing Your Imagination: 11 Tips for Brainstorming Your Next Book Idea

Writing a book can be an extremely daunting task, especially when it comes to coming up with an idea of what to write. However, with a little bit of inspiration and creativity, you can come up with a great idea for your book.


One thing to consider when coming up with your book is that it should be unique. If you’re writing a book about something that’s already been done, it won’t stand out from the competition. Instead, think of an angle or perspective for your topic that hasn't been explored yet. This can set you apart and make your book more interesting to read.


Yeah, I know what you're thinking, "But I don't have any unique ideas." Then start off with simply writing down some ideas.


Next, research your ideas. See what other authors have done and find out any other relevant information. This will help you to gain more insight into the topic and make it easier for you to come up with a unique angle or perspective that no one else has tackled yet.


Finally, consider the structure of your book. Make sure that it flows logically from one topic to the next. This will help create a cohesive story that your readers can easily follow and understand. It’s also important to make sure the content is engaging, so use visuals and other techniques to capture your reader's attention throughout the book.


Once you have all these elements in place, it's time to start writing.


Oh, but don't forget to think about your readers. This is crucial to having success with your book. If the readers you want to attract aren't interested in what you're writing, consider the possible repercussions. We counsel our clients to know who their "ideal reader/client" is before they put a word on the page.


Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. Start by brainstorming. Take a notebook and pen, and write down any ideas that come to mind. Don't worry about whether they're good or bad, just get them down on paper. Using pen and paper is often recommended for tasks that involve brainstorming, taking notes, or solving problems because it allows for a more tactile and tangible experience. Writing by hand can also help with memory retention and processing information in a different way than typing on a computer. Additionally, using pen and paper can reduce distractions that may come with using a digital device, such as notifications and other apps. #squirrelmoments

  2. Look for inspiration in your own life. Many great books are based on personal experiences or observations. Think about your own life and what you know well, and see if there's a story there that you could tell. Draw inspiration from your own experiences or those of people close to you. You may even find yourself inspired by something as simple as a conversation, an anecdote, or a memory. Even if you don't end up writing about it directly, ideas can come from everyday moments that we might not otherwise take notice of. Keep a notebook handy and jot down whatever comes to mind. Remember, just because you wrote it down doesn't mean you have to do anything with it.

  3. Read a lot. Reading is a great way to find inspiration for your own writing. Pay attention to the books that you enjoy and try to identify what makes them appealing to you. This is a great way to get out of your own head and focused on something else. It might be the author's style, the structure of the story, or even just a single sentence that stands out. The same goes for magazines and articles. Highlight interesting words or phrases, take notes on how other authors approach writing and, when you find yourself stuck, look to them as examples. Writing is like any other skill–the more you practice it, the better you get. Good luck!

  4. Explore different genres. Discover new topics to write about and uncover hidden talents. For example, if you start reading a romance novel, you may begin to explore themes of love, loyalty, and family that you never considered before. Or if you read a mystery novel, it could spark ideas for a suspenseful business book. Either way, it's important to cast your net wide and take in as many different types of writing as possible. The more familiar you become with the different genres out there, the easier it will be to find your own writing style.

  5. Talk to people. Ask your friends, family, and colleagues if they have any ideas or suggestions. You never know what might spark your imagination. Take the time to explore different conversations and pick up useful tips from other writers. You may not realize it, but you could easily be receiving inspiration from an unexpected source.

  6. Keep a journal. Writing in a journal can help you capture your thoughts quickly and easily. Whenever something inspiring pops into your head, simply jot it down so you don't forget it. Once your journal is full of ideas, you can use them to create unique and original pieces of writing.

  7. Research different authors and genres. Get to know what other authors are writing about and which types of writing are most popular right now. This will help you gain insight into the kind of content that resonates with readers and provide you with lots of ideas.

  8. Read widely. Reading is essential for any writer, as it helps you understand different styles of writing and even pick up some tips along the way. Reading books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs can all help you become a better writer. Keep a notepad handy and take notes. The ideas will start flowing.

  9. Find inspiration from everyday life. Pay attention to conversations you have with friends or strangers on your daily commute. These conversations could provide great topics for content that readers would want to learn about. Also, look for interesting stories in local or national news outlets.

  10. Write what you love. Write about the things that you are passionate about. You'll be more likely to stick with it and put in the hard work. Plus, your readers will appreciate the enthusiasm in your writing. You know those moments when you are so focused on something that you didn't know five hours flew by? That is passion speaking to you. When you find that passion and convey it to the reader, they will know your true heart.

  11. BONUS: Take breaks. Don't forget to take breaks. It's important to step away from your work and come back with fresh eyes. Take a walk, grab a coffee or tea, listen to some music - whatever helps you relax and restore your energy levels. Taking regular breaks will make sure you stay productive and focused on your writing.

Good luck! We can't wait to read what you create. Happy Writing!


This is the start of something amazing, and it's worth every effort. With hard work and dedication, you can become a successful writer. Here are some tips to help you along the way:


Remember, the most important thing is to keep writing. Even if your initial ideas aren't great, you can always revise and improve them as you go. As the late great Zig Ziglar said, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."


Are you ready to write your story, but don't know where to start? Action Takers Publishing's course, "How to Write, Publish, Market & Monetize Your Book the Fast, Fun & Easy Way" is available for purchase. Click HERE and get started today.



Written by Lynda Sunshine West.

She ran away at 5 years old and was gone an entire week, came home riddled with fears and, in turn, became a people-pleaser. At age 51, she decided to break through one fear every day for a year and, in doing so, she gained an exorbitant amount of confidence to share her story. Her mission is to empower 5 million women and men to write their stories to make a greater impact on the planet. Lynda Sunshine West is the Founder and CEO of Action Takers Publishing, a Speaker, 22 Time #1 International Bestselling Author, Contributing Writer at Entrepreneur Magazine and Brainz Magazine, Executive Film Producer, and Red Carpet Interviewer.


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