Brainstorming a book idea

So you want to write a book but you don't know where to start?

A brainstorming session may be just the thing you need to shift your ideas from your head onto paper.

Brainstorming is a great tool to further develop a book idea. By writing freely whatever thoughts and words come to mind, you will be encouraged to come up with thoughts and ideas that at first might not make much sense. Some of these thoughts can help define your book or story, while others can spark even more ideas. Therefore, during brainstorming sessions, be mindful not to question what comes up. You're opening up potential channels and possibilities. Stopping to second-guess yourself at this stage stunts idea generation and limits creativity.

Let's begin...

Grab a notebook or journal and start by writing down your main idea or premise. Next, start recording any words or phrases that come to mind. Include everything that comes to mind without stopping to re-think your ideas. Either make a list of your thoughts running down the page or start with your main concept in the center of the page in a bubble. As each new thought strikes, create another line and add each additional idea in a new bubble. Each branch that shoots off from your main idea may become a section or chapter in your book. Refer to the diagram below as an example. This is a copy of the brainstorming piece I created before composing my book, Write from the Heart: A Step-by-step Writing Guide to Get Your Message from Idea to Publication.


Now it's your turn. Grab a notebook or journal and start brainstorming your book idea. Some prefer a listing technique while others like the “bubbles and branches” technique; there is no right or wrong way. Do what feels right for you. The important thing is to get your ideas down onto paper so you can begin outlining your book.

Check back tomorrow as we will use our findings from today's brainstorming session to start outlining your book. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter on the right-hand side of this page so you don't miss any important announcements!

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