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Sources Of Ideas For Writing Your Books

Nov 9, 2007
Here's a question most budding writers encounter before writing a book, and that is, "Where did you get your ideas from?"

Ideas do not come out of thin air. No matter how good, creative or original an idea is, we must understand that it came from somewhere else. It is often a result or a combination or substitution of something else.

Here's a strategy for anyone who wants to write a book. For example, if you want to write a book on gardening, it has got to be your passion, you must know something about gardening. You must have a lot of love for gardening

The first thing you need to do is to fill your mind with a huge knowledge base. So for example, if you want to write a book on gardening, you have to go out there and read every single book ever written on gardening.

Here's my real life example. Before I wrote my book on accelerated learning, "I Am Gifted, So Are You", I read all the books on accelerated learning by Colin Rose, Sheila Ostrander, Lynn Schroeder, Tony Buzan, Eric Jansen, Michael Gelb.

And as I read each of these books, what I would do is that I won't read it passively, I would read it very actively, circling the key points in that book. And from the entire book of 300 pages, I would derive 10 key points, which I would summarize in mind maps.

The next thing I would do is to make the information my own. Now what do I mean by that? The only way to make information yours is to use it. So for example, if I read a book that teaches me to use a certain technique in reading, I would apply it in my reading. And by doing that, I would find a better way of doing it.

And as a result of applying the information firsthand, I find that there's always a better way of doing it. This would result in me having an entirely personal experience of it thus adding new and added information to my knowledge base. A lot of people have this mistaken mindset that people who write books are so smart, and that we as individuals cannot think of anything better".

So I increased and flooded my mind with all the base knowledge that was assimilated by hundreds of books and videos I watched and also through my personal experiences of application of the techniques taught.

By doing exactly what I have listed above, one will never be short of ideas to begin on their writing journey. So get started right away on increasing your knowledge base and applying the information firsthand to give you insights and ideas to write your book!
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Adam Khoo is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and a self-made millionaire by the age of 26. Discover his million dollar secrets and claim your FREE bonus CD '6 Ways To Achieve Anything In Life' at Paving The Way To The Top.
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