There is only one trick you need to learn to come up with amazing book and blog post ideas, and it is not really a trick at all. All you need to do is pay attention.
Open Your Eyes
You are surrounded with potential book ideas, both nonfiction and fiction. Even where you are sitting or standing right now, there are plenty of ideas to pick from. You just need to open your eyes.
Let’s say you are out of a job and you are right now sitting at your computer, thinking about writing a book. You have no idea what to write about. Well, you just lost your job and you are now in the same boat as many other people. What can you write about being jobless? How have other people survived without a 9 to 5 job? Are there other ways to earn money? All of these things are great topics for a book.
Explore your surroundings. Are sitting on the bus? Do some people watching and create stories about the people you see. Are you sitting in your living room? Look around at what you see. Do you collect things? What are they and why do you collect them? Do you have too much clutter? How can you declutter your home? Can you earn money from your clutter? Again, turn your ideas and solutions into a book.
Pen and Paper
Teach yourself to see ideas wherever you go. When you are taking a walk, plan a murder in your town and write notes on how you’d do it. Create a hero that will discover your evil plot and catch you in the end.
Take notes while you are in the grocery store. Walk through the fruit and vegetable aisles. Could you create a recipe book with any of the ingredients you see? How about a squash cookbook? Read through the magazine headlines. Do any of the titles spark an interest? Is it something you could research and write more about? Maybe you could turn your research into a series of blog posts.
Everywhere you go, from the bathroom to the doctor’s office, should inspire new ideas. When you learn to turn on your brain, you will never run out of ideas or run into writer’s block.