Plan your non fiction book #18 – Getting ideas for your book #1

Where do ideas come from?

Ideas are all inside and outside of you; they are everywhere. The question is really, how do ideas come to you? Do they just pop into our minds or do ideas come as a result of lots of small things happening, which, when a good connection is made, creates a new idea pathway, so that a bit more of that idea is known?

Coding our experiences and emotions

In every moment, you consume information through your five (or six) senses. These are laid down in your mind-map using your language and coding structure, waiting to be fertilised with another germ of an idea. All these are waiting to be joined by that one all-important connector, which creates the spark and drives it to the forefront of your mind until you get that “eureka” moment.

If you provide yourself with the opportunity to become creative by giving yourself space, people to collaborate with and time to reflect, you will be able to exchange and borrow ideas in order to cultivate new ones. Ideas can be incubated for years, but appear in what seems a moment with the right stimulus.

Thoughts and ideas come in through the right brain hemisphere as the big picture, and are filtered into detail in the left hemisphere, with both sides working together to enable us to form relationships. What we as writers are looking for is the ‘something’ that sparks us up and ignites the journey through the mind, to create an inspirational network of new ideas and things to write about.


Finding the right place (and space) to write or think in is paramount to creativity. In bed, the lounge, conservatory, your office, in your favourite comfy chair. It is important that you find a space or place where you feel at ease, which relaxes you, and provides you with the comfort and space to begin to write.

 Ideas need space, where is your space?

If writing in bed allows your creativity to flow, write there. If you get disturbed, which may cause frustration and anger, go somewhere else and try to recreate the cosy feelings that your bed does. I write in a variety of places and at different times, not through choice but because I get annoyed and demotivated when I get disturbed. In each location, I make the space work for me.

What else do you need in your space? For example, if you are an auditory person you may like to have some music on, if you are kinaesthetic, you might like to have beautiful things that you can feel, and if you are visual, you might like to be in a place where you can see lovely things.

There are other things that you may like; for example, to burn incense or light a scented candle. If you love your food how about a good cup of tea and some raw chocolates? Take some time out to consider your space, what needs to be there or not, to make it the best writing and creative space for you.

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Space is also giving yourself headspace, finding ways to slow down the hustle and bustle of everyday life and give yourself time to think. Thinking is good and is a perfect way to generate new ideas.

Create your brainstorming book ideas wall

Find yourself a blank wall and use this to collate any book ideas that you have. This ‘space’ needs to be somewhere that you pass often. Where you can just be and where you feel comfortable to just stand and stare,

This is where all of your book ideas and ideas around your book will go. Get your post-it notes, start writing down your book ideas, one per post-it, and start plastering a spare wall, back of the door or onto a piece of flip chart paper. No holds barred.

Then start adding anything that is related to each of the potential book ideas. If you don’t like this approach, use a mind map or make a list.

Do this for one week and at the end, I promise you will be brimming with lots of brilliant concepts.

Remember to keep giving yourself ‘space’ to think and allow the ideas to flow.

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Plan your non fiction book in a weekend has been designed to help you to be able to undertake all of the vital planning tasks that make writing a book – simple and stress free

Each day to help you create your book, I am going to answer these essential planning questions:-

  • What kind of planner am I and why is this important to know?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What is the process and cost of writing and publishing a book?
  • How long will it take me?
  • How do I get ideas for my book?
  • How do I choose the ONE big idea for my book?
  • What is an outline and how do I create one?
  • How can I structure my chapters?
  • How do I create and use a book proposal?



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