Before you go writing pages or chapters of writing, let’s make sure you choose the right book idea! It can save you time, create a much more rewarding experience and be much more fun than starting on the wrong book and abandoning or rejiggering the project down the road.
There are a number of things you can do to choose your project but the first thing is to get clear about why you’re writing your book. Then, use the tips below to get clarity.
How to Choose a Book Idea
How can you tell if you’re writing the right book? What do you look for?
Time and again I see authors stuck on writing the hardest book they can think of, but not necessarily the one that makes their heart sing or will meet the goals and vision they have for their book in the world.
The easy book is often the obvious choice—not just because it’s easy (although there is something to cutting your teeth, so to speak, on easy, the first time around). The easy book may well be the one that helps you grow a business, showcases your authority in your field, or is most needed right now.
Plus, you’ll learn so much on the first book that makes a harder book easier to write as well.
So, why would you choose the wrong book to start with? Sometimes we overlook our strengths and knowledge base. “If I know this, everyone must know it. It must be obvious.” Or, “I know this stuff. I’m bored of it.”
Sometimes writers worry that if we write about what we know intimately, we won’t learn anything new. The difficult, time consuming book may take research and time and tons of sorting out, but there’s a part of us that likes the idea of a challenge.
The book that stems completely from our experiences, knowledge base and skills, well, that may feel a little old hat.
And, sometimes we just haven’t taken time to get clear on why we’re writing the book in the first place. Start there. Consider your goals and vision, and see whether the easy book makes the most sense to write–or not.
Just don’t overlook the book idea that seems easy, or obvious, or old hat. It just may be that by choosing that one, you’re writing the right book, after all!
By the way, I recently updated my post on How to Write a Great Book, which may be the perfect follow up for how to choose a book idea!
Originally published at www.lisatener.com