Writing with Lisa

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Written By: Lisa - Mar• 01•13

One of the most common questions I get asked when people find out how many books I have written is “Where do you get your ideas from?” so if you are struggling to come up with some ideas like I asked you to do yesterday then hopefully the tips here will help.

1.  Ask yourself “What if…”

I love playing the “what if” game.  The way I do it is I will get a book of short stories and read three or four of them at one time and then sit and wonder how the story lines I had written could be expanded in some way, or twisted so that a totally new idea is born.  For my non-fiction writing I find myself asking questions about things that have happened in the news, or I look at magazine stories and see whether or not there is anything else I could add to their information.  Remember magazines spend a lot of money on researching hot topics so if you can build a book around a problem found in a magazine it is probably going to be popular with readers.

2.  Brainstorm with friends

As simple as it sounds.  Call up a few friends or family, open a couple of bottles of wine, or set up a nice lunch and then sit and chat about possible book or article ideas.  You will be amazed at how quickly your brain will start to churn out ideas in the right environment.

3.  Go to Yahoo Answers

If you have never been there before and you are looking for non-fiction ideas then head over to Yahoo Answers and take a look at the questions people are asking others for advice on.  You can refine your search by niche – so relationships, or cat breeding or what ever else you are interested in and then scroll through the questions and answers until you find something you could research and write an article or a book on.

4.   If you want to write fiction then Pinterest is the site to visit

Those of you who know me well know that I am still in the process of writing my fiction story.  The other day I got a classic case of writers block and couldn’t write another word.  So I went onto Pinterest and looked at other people’s pictures of house interiors.  I saw this amazing study room in one such picture – printed it out and went back and wrote a complete chapter on the scene that I could imagine being played out in that very room.   People, places and quirky ideas can all be found on this great visual site so try that if you need a bit of a creative boost.

5. Relax

I find I get my best ideas when I am having a shower.  It is that whole process of getting off the computer and doing something relaxing that seems to set my creative juices flowing.  My husband is well used to me running out of the shower heading straight for some paper and a pen so I can get down the ideas I had while washing.  A walk on the beach, some meditation, a long hot bath or simply hanging out with friends are all relaxing ways of allowing your creative side to kick in and start working.

Remember when you are searching for ideas they don’t necessarily have to be the ones you will start working on, but the process of thinking about them will stimulate your creative brain and you will end up with notebooks full of ideas like the ones I have on my desk.

Writing with Lisa

Written By: Lisa - Feb• 25•13

Hi Everyone

I started up this new blog because I am passionate about helping others meet their writing goals.  I have been a ghostwriter for more than ten years and more recently I started publishing my own books on Amazon Kindle – I currently have 32 titles on there, two of which are about helping others learn more about how they can write effectively and make money.  You can check them out here:

How to Write and Publish a Book in 8 Hours

The Prolific Writing System

When I first started writing I used to think that authors were this elite group of people that were just different from you and me.  What I learned as I started writing myself is that authors pull their pants on just the same way as the rest of us – writers are ordinary people who sit down and write.  That is honestly all you need to become a writer – you need to write.  The editing, the spelling and grammar checks can all be done by someone else but if you have unique ideas and want to share them with everyone else then all you need to do is to sit down and write.

So this is what I want you to do today.  I want you to open up a new file on your computer and head it up with “MY Writing”.  Then I want you to think of all of the ideas you have ever had that could go into a book, articles or a blog like this one.  Just brainstorm.  Don’t worry about “I don’t know anything about…” or thoughts about how people might not like what you have written.  For now you are just coming up with ideas on what you would love to write about.  I will share more with you on how to make money with your writing as we progress.

For me writing has always been more than just a way to make money.  I first started writing after coming out of a ten year long abusive marriage and I wanted to write a book that would help other people to understand why women don’t leave their abusive partners.  I was scared; I was sure no-one would be interested in what I had to say but for me writing was the safest way of sharing my story.  The whole book writing process turned into a form of therapy for me.  I found as I shared some of my personal stories that I could look at them, and myself and realize that the abuse was not my fault and that there were a lot of complex reasons why I stayed as long as I did.  If you are interested in looking at that book you can find it on Amazon – Invisible Bars: Why Women Won’t Leave.

From that first book came a torrent of words.  I have written about so many topics because I have a love of learning new things.  You might be interested in sharing a specific passion you have – a hobby or maybe your brain is full of wonderful story ideas.  It doesn’t matter what you want to write; you just have to start writing.  So head off and start your list of ideas today and check back in here tomorrow when I will share some ideas on how you can start your career as a writer.