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=> Ideas from: Your knowledge
What do you know? Start by making a list of all subjects you were good at in school. Then list all jobs you've had Ė yes, part-time work counts.
Also list: * Your hobbies. Are you a keen Chihuahua breeder? Do you quilt? Take photographs?
* Your current job. What are you learning in your job that other people would pay to learn?
* The places you've lived. Your hometown may be boring to you, but guide books sell well.
* Your family tree. What special knowledge do your nearest and dearest have that you could write about?
Spend around ten minutes writing down as many subjects as you have knowledge about.
=> Ideas from: What you enjoy most
Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson freely admits that she cooks because she loves to eat. Nigella has turned her love of food into a career. She regularly produces bestselling books. (Her chocolate recipes are brilliant.) What do you love? People have written about garage sales, cosmetics, cars, vacations. If you love something, chances are that thousands or maybe millions of others will love it too.
Watch newspapers and take note of current trends. Or better yet, listen to what your children are talking about, or asking you to buy for them. Children tend to be well up on whatís happening.
=> Ideas from: Challenges
You face challenges every day. Most are minor, some are major challenges. If you've ever faced a large challenge, or if you're facing one right now, then consider that things you learn could help other people. Whatever your challenge is, whether itís moving house or confronting a life-threatening illness, other people face same challenges, and in those challenges lie seeds of books.
Make a list of 20 challenges you've faced in your life. Anything catastrophic qualifies: losing your job, facing bankruptcy, betrayal of a spouse. If you've had a quiet life, then make a list of challenges that people you know have faced.
See? Within an hour or so, you've got more ideas for books than you'll be able to write in a dozen lifetimes. And these will all be books that only you could write, because they're based on your knowledge and experiences.
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