When it comes to writing a book, many people feel lost at what to write about, particularly a non-fiction book. There are endless possibilities of what to write about, but narrowing it down to a specific topic can be challenging. So, how do you choose what to write about? Here are a few tips:
What are you passionate about?
This is probably the most crucial question to ask yourself when deciding on a topic for your book. What topics interest you and make you want to learn more? What issues can you talk about for hours on end without getting bored? If you can answer these questions with certainty, then the chances are that you should write your book on the topic.
Whilst you don’t have to write about something that burns from within you, it does help to give you that steam when you reach a point of being sick of writing it, which does happen and is a normal part of the process.
What do you know a lot about?
On the other hand, if you’re not sure what your passion is or want to write about a broader topic, another option is to focus on what you know a lot about. What are your hobbies and interests? What do you get paid to do in your job or for your business? What do you like to do for fun? What are you knowledgeable about? It might pay to sit down and make a list of all these things so you can see clearly where your knowledge lies.
When I wrote my book, Promote Your Spiritual Business, I realised that a lot of people in the wellness industries lacked simple marketing knowledge yet didn’t have the budget to outsource. So I just combined all the knowledge that I could offer them, as if I was having a one on one meeting with someone who knew nothing, and put it in a book that fit their budget.
What do people ask you for advice about?
Another way to develop a book topic is to think about the topics that people often come to you for advice about. Frequently, people are looking for advice on specific topics because they want to learn more about them. Suppose you find yourself frequently advising friends or family about a particular topic. In that case, you may want to consider writing your book on that topic.
And if it’s not a specific topic, do your friends, family, social media acquaintances, and even strangers come to you for something? Do they know you can find something out within half an hour? Do they know how good you are at listening? Can you help problem solve?
What do people need help with?
Another way to come up with a book topic is to think about what people commonly need help within their day-to-day lives. For example, parents often have questions about parenting and students frequently have questions about school. This doesn’t mean that only these topics are good fits for books. Still, if you can provide helpful information based on what people are generally curious or uncertain about, then this could be another option for creating your book idea.
Are there any unanswered questions out there?
If it feels like there are a lot of unanswered questions in the world (Do aliens exist? Is time just a construct? Do we need to wear pants?), that might be a sign that you could write a book on the topic. For example, many people are curious about what happens after we die or what life is like on other planets. If you have any answers to these kinds of questions, or if you think you can come up with some reasonable hypotheses, then this could be an excellent topic for your book.
What do you find interesting?
Finally, if none of the above topics seem to fit, or if you’re still struggling to develop an idea, another option is to simply focus on what interests you. What do you find fascinating and want to know more about? What don’t you know enough about but would like to learn more? If you can answer any of these questions with certainty, consider writing about that topic for your book.
No matter what topic you choose, remember that the most important thing is to be dedicated to getting it down on paper. Don’t just leave it to fester in your head. Writing a book can be a long and challenging process, so you want to make sure that you’re excited about the topic you’re writing about and that you’ll enjoy working on it. So, take some time to think about what interests you and brainstorm some possible book topics before starting the draft process. You may just find that the perfect one pops into your head!
The six tips above are by no means an exhaustive list, but they should give you an excellent place to start when choosing a topic for your book. So, what are you waiting for? Get brainstorming!
If you need help clarifying the many ideas you have or which will be the best topic to turn into a book, consider my personalised and effective book coaching services.