Writing a Book: How to write a great book even if you don’t have an original idea

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It doesn’t matter what kind of book you’re thinking about writing. You can bet that someone else out there is thinking about writing a book on the same subject or with the same core idea. It’s simply not likely that you’re going to be the only one working on the project or have important insights. So, forget about being the one person with the key insight. Instead, concentrate on writing an excellent and distinctive book.

Make Your Book Helpful

If you want to write a book that will make a difference in your life, write one that will make a difference in other peoples’ lives. Help them solve a problem that vexes them. Help them get rich, or famous, or powerful. In other words, help them do something that they want to do but can’t do now.

Make It Easy for Them

Make your book easy to read. If you’re describing a process, make it easy to understand. If you’re giving instructions, test them to make sure they actually work. And, don’t just test them yourself. Find someone who doesn’t know anything about them to test them.

Make Your Book Distinctive

If everyone’s going to write about the same ideas, how will your book be both different and distinctive? Use your own stories and experiences to illustrate points. Do some original research. Boil your idea down to a memorable slogan.

Bottom Line

You probably won’t have a completely original idea. So, make sure the idea you write about is important to your reader. Make things as easy and helpful for them as possible. Use your own experience and original research to set yourself apart from the pack.

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