Successful books are based on one central idea. Don’t make the mistake of trying to “download” all the information and ideas you have into one single book. The central idea gives your book the focus it needs to make your message compelling. Readers look for a book that will help them solve their problem step by step. They need interpretation, perspective and sequence. You need a viewpoint, a position, and a conclusion that you develop fact by fact (or step by step) as you write your book using my proven book writing system.
After my post from last week about using writing as a process to get organized, lots of you asked how to decide on a topic once you have created an inventory of ideas. This is easier said than done, but the easiest way to come up with a main idea for your book is to follow one of your long-term passions. To choose a subject that you will be still be passionate about in a year or so, ask yourself these questions:
- What ideas am I really passionate about?
- What ideas do I talk about all the time?
- What ideas do I really want to share with the world?
- Where do I see others making the same mistakes I did?
- How can I help people with my knowledge?
- What key ideas helped me succeed (or caused me to fail)?
- What main idea can make a difference in the lives of others?
The main idea for your book may come to you when you least expect it. Spend some quiet time to think about your passion, mission, and the ideas that really moves you. If you pinpoint your passion well, the easier it will be to write a book that expresses what you want to express. In the Planning module of my book writing program, we’ll do various fun, interactive exercises that will help you uncover your (hidden) passions in life and discover your purpose for writing a book that will help others. You might be just as surprised with the outcome as I was when I first started!
Most books fail because they were never planned for properly, so don’t take the planning stage lightly. When done right, you’ll spend more time planning your book than actually writing it – as you know now writing a book takes less than a week following my proven book writing system. Readers enjoy and appreciate genuine passion expressed in your book. It helps them to connect to your authenticity and be inspired and motivated by your story. The more passionate you are about your topic the faster you will be able to write, complete and publish your book.
Are you ready to get started on your book idea? Take the next step right away and apply to join my Write a Book in a Week program today – I would love to have you on board.Learn more about Write a Book in a Week
Wilko van de Kamp Author
WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca