Today's words of advice will be about brainstorming. Very often the hardest part about writing a book, is getting it started. Brainstorming is a way to free your imagination, let it loose! Brainstorming can often help you think of ideas to use when you are writing. It is a great place to start when you just don't have any ideas! After all, ideas don't grow on trees! After you've jotted them down, afterwards you can see if they'll be of any use to you. Brainstorming helps push that giant cement block out of your way! I have a few tips from author Joel A. Sutherland to help you brainstorm some ideas for your writing.
Tip #1: Think about your interests, maybe one of your interests might be something that would interest others.
Tip #2: Get a pen or pencil and a piece of paper and write down all the things that come to your mind. Anything! It could be something really random, like cheese. Or it could be something useful, like a wizard that's secretly a vampire.
Tip #3: Be creative! Let your imagination loose! Literally! But don't forget to write all of your ideas down before they escape you!
Hope this helps!