Whether you are writing fiction or non fiction, whether or not you’re a good writer, whether you’re a published author or a newbie, it all starts with an idea.
Ideas usually take the form of What if?
What if an orphan boy finds out he’s a wizard? And what if the wizard who killed his parents is back in business? [Harry Potter series]
What if people really understood how human relations work? And what if they could be taught some simple steps to take advantage of that? [How to Win Friends and Influence People]
I’ve just bought a history book that was a brilliant idea which came to a young student. Mad about medieval history, and mad about Lego, his idea was What if I combined the two? He has got together lots of experts in medieval history to write short pieces about important events, and lots of expert Lego builders to build scenes to illustrate them. The result is Medieval Lego by Greyson Beights.
In my case it started with: What if I put together my history research and told it like a story? [Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth]
Now I’m working on a science fiction novel, which started with: What if a spaceship got sent on a mission for which they were inadequate and overcrowded? And it really took off (pardon the pun) when I asked what if a young trainee got work experience on the ship and got swept up in the huge mission? [Intruders, the first book in the Flight of the Kestrel series]
So, what ideas do you have? However crazy, it’s worth following them through and seeing where they lead. Maybe there’s a book in you that’s an idea that will catch everyone’s attention.