Let’s look at how we can use DT for writing your first and best book.
Step 1: Empathize
Think and research deeply about your readers. What would they like to learn from this book? Most writers write books based on what they themselves like and not on what their readers might like. I think empathy rather than luck is the main factor behind the success of a book. So the first and most important step is to write a book which your readers will like.
Step 2: Define
Based on research and interaction with readers, you may come up with more than one problem statement. Pick the most compelling topics and narrow your focus to the areas of greatest interest for readers.
Step 3: Ideate
Based on how you defined the problem, you can come with different ideas on how to approach the subjects of interest. What is your original take on the subject? How is your perspective different from others’ and how can you translate that into writing that will grip your readers?
Step 4: Prototype
You may be confused about how to prototype a book idea. Actually, there are multiple ways you can do this. One way would be to write your book as a blog posts (at the concept level.) Another option would be to create a small video. You could even just write a summary of the book. At the very least, you should discuss the concept with a trusted few to get their feedback.
Step 5: Test
Get feedback on all your prototypes from target readers before selecting the best one.
Even though this process looks a little complex, in reality it is easier than writing the entire book and failing to sell it at the end.