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Summary: If you want to sell your writing, you need to get ideas that sell.
Getting ideas that sell
Copyright (c) 2002 by Angela Booth
(This article is an extract from my new writing workshop, Writing to Sell in Internet Age.)
As old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. You can offer your writing too, but if no one wants it, you're stuck.
You've got to train yourself to come up with saleable ideas, for specific audiences. Somehow, someway, you've got to discover what people want, and give it to them in your writing. The more successfully you do that, more you'll sell.
==> To get more ideas, write more
In an article, prolific thriller/ horror writer Dean Koontz said that when he wrote more, spending six to eight hours a day at it, he got more ideas. He frequently found himself writing one book, while making notes for another two or three.
It's true. If you're not writing, you won't get ideas. Your subconscious mind is lazy. You haven't convinced it that finding ideas is important to you, so you don't get them.
Start a program of writing every day. Write anything, but make sure that you're doing it for at least an hour, and that you force yourself to write. Get your fingers on keyboard, and move them. Let whatever wants to come out, come out.
Sounds like work, right?
Sure. At first it is. Then it's fun. And easy. The first couple of days you do this, you may feel that it's pointless. But I promise you, keep at it, and within a few days you'll start coming up with more ideas that you know what to do with.
==> If you want to know what people want, ask them
One way to find out what people are interested in is to read bestseller lists. What are people buying? Extrapolate from these lists. Can you find any new trends?
On other hand, best way to discover what people are willing to buy, is to ask them. Go to online places where they hang out, and ask.