Writing Wednesday – How To Come Up With An Idea For Your Book

How To Come Up With An Idea For Your Book

Everyone has an idea for a book in them, you may think you can’t write, or you aren’t accomplished enough or that you simply have nothing to write about. Others may feel like you really want to write a book, but you don’t know how. Finding an idea on what to write is the first step!

Sources of inspiration for your book can come from what you do for a living, what you do daily, your hobbies, interests, goals, past experiences or life experiences as a whole. Think about what someone would find interesting to read. What can you give advice about?

Have you:

  • Overcome bullying
  • Gotten Married
  • Proposed to someone
  • Dealt with loss
  • Overcome depression or anxiety
  • Bought a house
  • Sold a house
  • Paid off your debt
  • Moved away from home
  • Fixed a house
  • Adopted a pet
  • Adopted a baby
  • Had a baby
  • Raised children
  • Raised a step-child
  • Found love
  • Bought a car

This list can go on forever and you can take a blank page and write a list of your experiences like the example above.

Next I’ll take one of those experiences and expand on it. Let’s use adopted a pet:

  • How to choose the perfect pet for your family.
  • The benefits of having a pet.
  • Teaching children responsibility by getting a pet.
  • Looking after your pet.
  • Training your pet.
  • Looking after your pet’s health.
  • Home cooked meals and treats to prepare for your pet.
  • Photographing your pet.
  • Looking after an elderly pet.
  • Introducing your pet to other animals.
  • Dealing with a problem pet.
  • DIY toys for your pet.
  • Introducing your pet to your baby.

I wrote his off the top of my head, but you get my drift. You could find many book ideas to write on just one topic. You may be thinking, but Lindsay, I’m a fiction writer. How can this work if all the ideas you’ve listed are non-fiction. Well, you could simply incorporate some of these ideas into your story with some of your own creative flair added.


A little boy desperately wants a pet and shows his parents that he is responsible enough to look after it by doing endless hours of research on the pet of his dreams. They set out to the adoption center together and find the perfect pet. He shows them what he’s learned and they take the pet home.

This is a very simple illustration of how to take this method from life experience to story. You will also need to do some research to make your story authentic and reinforce your idea.


So which life experience could you write a book about? Have you used this method before? Was this post helpful? Let me know by commenting below!


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11 thoughts on “Writing Wednesday – How To Come Up With An Idea For Your Book

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    Always wanted to write a book, but have no clue on where to start? Check out my method on finding an idea for your book and expanding it into a workable topic to form part of a series or incorporate into a fiction piece. You don’t want to miss it!


  2. Great post Lindsay, I agree we all have a book in us. I’ve alway had a desire to write a book and I know I will get it finished one day. I’ve not used this method myself but I can see it would be very useful.

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  3. I find challenging myself with Camp NaNoWriMo (or NaNoWriMo if you are feeling particularly adventurous), is a great way to take an idea and push yourself. Self-doubt is ALWAYS the biggest demotivator.

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