Finding Ideas for Your Books and Articles

If ideas for authors, ideas for non-fiction book, writing a nonfiction bookyou have struggled with a topic for your latest article or for a book that you are planning, you are not alone. As the saying goes, ideas “don’t fall out of trees.”

The next time you are struggling to come up with a theme or topic for a writing project, try doing an idea excursion. That is to take some time and scan you environment for trends, themes, patterns or issues that are important to your target audience.

The following are some places to conduct your search:

Internet. This treasure trove of information is an obvious major stop in your quest to identify what is happening in your chosen field or topic area. There is virtually no subject that exists on which you cannot find a list of resources, sound background data and information or material to add to your content development. Do basic searches for key words related to the idea you want to develop and simply follow the links where they take you. Just keep in mind to select current and factual information from reputable sources. Avoid sites like Wikipedia which might contain incomplete or incomplete information, although you can use that site to identify additional potential resources at the end of a description or to get other ideas on your topic.

Two excellent Internet resources to help identify key words or topics being searched on the Internet, which might serve as a potential book topic are and

 Newspapers or periodicals. Even though these tested sources are a dying breed, you can still spot trends and identify potential resources and organizations that might provide additional ideas for you.

 Television, radio, movies and other forms of media.  By paying attention to the content of these sources, you might potentially gain some insight or idea into a trending area or a topic important to your potential readers.

Bookstores and Libraries. Take some time to peruse the stacks of books found in your local bookstores or libraries to get an idea of the types of content already in print. You might even find some useful sources that can assist in your content development by seeing what has already been said about your potential topic. You can then put a different or alternative spin on the subject as you write.

Social Media.  Tap into your social network to get ideas and opinions from a broad range of people in different geographic locations. They might bring differing perspectives based on their daily exposure to their surroundings.

 Other People. Don’t forget to seek out friends, relatives, peers, or other professionals, with whom you have regular contact, to ask their advice on what they believe is important or needed related to topic areas and content.

About Robert W. Lucas

Bob Lucas has been a trainer, presenter and adult educator for over four decades. He who has written hundreds of articles on training, writing, self-publishing and workplace learning skills and issues. He is also an award-winning author who has written thirty-seven books on topics such as, writing, relationships, customer service, brain based learning and creative training strategies, interpersonal communication, diversity, and supervisory skills. Additionally, he has contributed articles, chapters and activities to eighteen compilation books. Bob retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1991 after twenty-two years of active and reserve service.
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