Today’s post will be a short one. I’m in the midst of a writing and drumming weekend, getting organized for the final stretch of winter, and just wanted to get this out to you for your Sunday vacation from the frenzied pitch of social media and politics.
And do take a break, drink some water, and think about how you can make the world a better place. Essentially, these boil down to two: Ramp up the self-care so you are strong, resilient, rested, clear and grounded. And, bring your ever-loving gift out into the world, because we need it. (Hint: It’s not as hard as resisting it has been, and it’s not complicated.)
I offer today’s post in response to an email I received from a writer who isn’t clear on a topic for a book she wants to try her hand at. I thought it would be fun to share this list of 50 ideas to get your brain going, in case you, too, are toying with nonfiction book ideas.
If you’re thinking of writing a book – an inspirational book, a book that shares your life and your life’s message –
Maybe you’re only thinking of writing this book because every other person, once they get to know you, says, “You should write a book!” Maybe secretly you agree with them, but really don’t know where to begin.
Maybe you want to write a book because you’ve always wanted to write a book. It’s bucket list material.
Maybe you’ve written other things, and now you want to write something for the soul, from the soul.
Whether you’re a practitioner, a Mom, a retired nurse, or just a general gad-about looking for your next thing, you can write a rockin’ good book.
– The first step is a topic. Topics come from everywhere. They float in behind dreams and are overheard in the grocery store over fish, or apples. Keep your inner ear tuned and an idea will come to you. Meanwhile, take a look at this list of 50 ideas, for starters.
50 Book Idea Joggers
From Your Current Work with Clients
What advice do you routinely give your clients?
What self-care and follow-up routines or activities do you routinely recommend?
What homework do you give?
What kinds of things do you have people do to prepare for their first meeting with you?
How can people get the most out of working with you?
What are the fundamental concepts/beliefs/systems/knowledge that inform the work you do that you’d like clients to know about when they start out with you?
How about the ones you don’t need clients to know about but which nonetheless greatly inform your work?
What unique processes, methods or systems have you developed that have gotten results for your clients?
What do you do differently than your colleagues who are doing similar work, and how did you evolve those ways, and why are they different, unique, better and worth sharing?
What can you teach others to do that would help them get better results in their work or personal life?
From Your Life experience
How did you get to be who you are today?
What challenges have you faced and overcome?
What were the low points?
What successes and triumphs have you had?
Who have been your allies? Your enemies?
What have your internal enemies and allies been?
What lessons have you learned?
What mistakes would you avoid this time around?
What advice would you give someone following in your footsteps?
What do you wish you’d known then that you know now?
What mistaken ideas took you down detours and how did that help you ultimately?
What’s the most surprising thing about where you are today, compared to where you started out?
Have you ever had unseen help? Describe what happened.
What do you think you’ve travelled this particular path?
What purpose did your suffering and struggle serve ultimately?
What do other people think you should write about and are they on target?
What strengths have you developed as a result of your hero’s journey?
What old concepts have you left behind?
If you could sum up your greatest wisdom, learning or way of living/working as a result of your healing journey in a few words, what would they be?
Who have your challengers been?
Who have your allies been?
Tell about the time you almost gave up and the breakthrough that followed
What are some pitfalls you can warn others who are on a similar path about?
What are some of the weirdest choices you’ve made, and where did they take you?
A Contemporary Issue or Problem That You Can Help Solve
What’s your unique take on the root cause(s) of this problem?
What’s your unique take on solutions(s) to the problem?
What can individual people do to address or solve this?
What societal changes need to happen to address or solve this?
What legal or governing changes need to happen to address or solve this?
What mindset shifts would help address or solve this?
What common pitfalls in thinking, policy or individual behavior need to be avoided in order to implement your solutions?
What are some examples of how someone would put your ideas into action?
What have others tried and failed at in addressing this problem, and why have they failed? What fundamental did they miss?
Topics That You are Crazy-Nerdy Interested and Expert In
What things do you spend a lot of time thinking about and as a result know more than the average person?
What are you crazy-nerdy interested in?
What off-the-wall things do you know more about than most people?
What are some things you’ve done that no one else has done, why, and how would it benefit anyone to know about them?
What are your secret or guilty pleasures, including physical, sexual, intellectual, trivia and strictly fluff?
What would you have on your desert island and why?
Talk about your super powers and how you got them.
What’s the one self-help, how-to, inspirational, investigative or personal growth book that’s not out there that you would read in a heartbeat?
Till next time, keep breathing and be good to yourself. Your gift is SO needed!
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