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Summary: Want to write an ebook? You can. Start with an idea, build on it, and before you know it, you've got a book.
Start Here To Write An Ebook
Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth
Want to write an ebook? You can. Start with an idea, build on it, and before you know it, you've got a book. (I'll be using 'book' and 'ebook' interchangeably in this article, because any idea you find for an electronic book will certainly work as a print book as well.)
Here are some ways to get ideas for books only YOU could write. Work through following exercises.
Work through them quickly. Don't allow yourself to bog down. Do them as quickly as you can, and then go and do something else for a few hours, to let ideas gestate and bubble in your subconscious mind.
When you come back, read through ideas you generated, and add to them as you read through your lists. PLEASE DONíT DISCARD ANY IDEAS AT THIS STAGE. This is because way to a brilliant, fantastic NEW idea is by twisting an idea slightly, reversing it, or by combining several ideas into a new one. Donít discard!
=> Ideas from: What you're good at
Make a list of 20 things you're good at. Don't think too hard about this. Maybe you're good at buying presents for peopleóyou've got a knack for choosing just right gift. Maybe you're a good cook, or a good parent, or a good swimmer or a good tennis player. Or maybe you used to be good at one or more of these things.
=> Ideas from: Your past experiences
Experiences sell. If you've been abducted by little green men from Mars, it's a book. If you're a bigamist, itís a book. People have written books about their illnesses (see Challenges below), their addictions, and their pets. Browse through bestseller lists to see what personal experiences people are writing about.
Here's where you walk down memory lane. If you're in your twenties, it'll be a short stroll. If youíre in your forties or older, it will be a hike. Don't get bogged down with this, list 20 experiences you've had that spring to mind.
The easiest way to come up with experiences is work backwards through stages of your life, or through decades. Again, donít take a long time over this. Set yourself a time limit --- ten minutes is enough.