In the last post, we saw we how we can use Design Thinking for designing a Life/Career (very high level though). Today, lets look at how we can use DT for writing your first & best book.
Step 1: Empathize: Think & research deeply about your reader (your user). What he/she would like to learn from this book. Most writers write a book based on what they( writer) like, not based what the readers will like. I think this is the main real factor and it not so much about luck for success of a book. So when you use DT approach you are going to write a book which the readers will like. This is the first and most important step.
Step 2: Define The Problem: Based on the research you will come up different problem statements/areas of interests that the readers showing interest. This step will help you identify the potential areas on which you can write the book.
Step 3: Ideate: Based on the potential areas you come with different ideas to narrow the best topics and titles.
Step 4: Prototype: So how do you prototype a book idea?. Multiple ways you can prototype. One is to write your book as a blog posts (summary/concept level) and share it with multiple people to check the feedback/response. Second option is to create a small video on this book concept and share it. Or even you can write the summary of your book and take the feedback. Or even simply talk to close people with all your book concepts/ideas
Step 5: Test: Get the feedback from test readers with all the different prototypes.
Even though the process looks little complex in the reality this can be done much easily compared to writing the whole book effort and getting surprises at the end.