If you are interested in creating content based on your own experience, one of the most powerful resources are questions. Questions about you and your experience will generate ideas for creating content for your book and ancillary products. I have created four questions and subquestions to get you thinking, remembering, and inspiring you. Take a few minutes and answer the questions below, you will be amazed at the ideas that come up. You can write the answers out on your computer, by hand or just use bullet points. These will plant seeds that will sprout with lots of ideas for creating content.
1. What Happened?
What happened to you? What did you experience? How did it come about? What was your intention or outcome? What happened instead? Describe the event, what occurred? Who else was involved? How was it resolved? How did you feel when it was over?
2. How did it affect you?
Physically. Emotionally. Financially. Spiritually. How did your current relationships change? What new relationships came about? How did your world change? What steps did you take to recuperate, heal, move forward, get out of the state you were in? What tools or strategies did you use? Were there any books, tapes, CDs, DVDs, people, coaches, trainers, mentors that helped you?
3. What did you learn?
What lessons did you learn after the event? How much time has gone by? What have you learned since the event? Would you do anything differently? How are you a better person? What tools, strategies, techniques, steps, books, web sites, resources, groups, coaching, etc., did you use to get through your experience? Where are you now?
4. What would you like to teach others?
What is your message? What could others learn from your experience? What “technology”, steps, system did you develop that you want to share or teach to others? Name the top 3 things that are the gift of this experience. Write about each one.
Answering these questions are going to bring up all kinds of ideas about your book and the message you want to share. Be ready to write them down!
To your Author’s Success!
Ann McIndoo, Your Author’s Coach
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