Introduction:If you are writer, and I'm assuming you are if you are reading this, you may struggle with the concept of finding your own little corner of the writing world. If you are anything like I was when I first began writing online, you may be choosing topics that are all over the place in an attempt to find out what works. There's nothing wrong with that. But at some point you will need to find yourself as writer and choose a niche or two to focus on.
It can't be said often enough. If you want to be a successful writer, follow successful writers. Watch what they do. Give up the notion that they are your competition. They aren't. There are plenty of readers to go around. Once you find your voice and your niche, competition is no longer an issue. Your readers come to you because you offer something they need or want and they can't find anywhere else. Following successful writers gives you insight and helps you refine your real interests.
Identifying your real interests--not those that you think will make you famous or bring in lots of revenue--is vital to finding your niche as a writer. Use your feelings about what you write and the feedback you get as your barometer. If your writing excites you and gets you motivated for the day, you can be pretty sure its one of your real interests. But, if you wake up thinking about what you "need" to write today, there's a good chance you haven't identified your real interests. Find something that energizes you and you will energize your readers, too.
I like to think of a writer's voice as that secret personality that is lurking inside you trying to get out. Your writing voice is what lets you shine and adds sparkle to your writing. Just like a person's real voice, it's hard to describe but easy to recognize when we hear it again. Loyal readers will recognize your voice whether your byline is attached or not.
Find your writing style and use it with flair. How you use words, the structure of your article and your relationship to the reader are all part of your writing style. If you prefer academic or scholarly writing that follows a strict format, a blog might not be the best choice for you. But if addressing the reader as a new-found friend is part of your writing style, by all means start a blog. Once you've discovered your individual writing style, seek out publishing formats that complement your style.
If you have done any reading about writing, you've already heard "write with passion" more times than you can count--but that doesn't mean you should ignore. We are not talking erotic and romance here. Writing with passion applies to any topic you feel passionate about. If you can't put your heart into it, you probably aren't passionate enough to write about it.
Finding your niche as a writer gives you direction and builds your confidence. It also helps you build a solid base of readers who return regularly to read what you have to offer.
Wonderful writing advice, thanks! H5
Great tips for all writers. Thanks!
Well written and helpful to writers. H5 and congrats!
Thanks for this excellent info on ways to find your writing niche. H5
This was great! Congrats on homepage!
Agree completely. People often tell me I could make a lot writing in certain areas that I know about, but they aren't areas I'm interesting in writing about! I write what I enjoy, even if it doesn't bring me more than a few pennies :)
Congrats on front page. Awesome list. Great topic and great ideas.
Back again to read this wise list once again and congratulate you on the front page spot!
A very helpful list.
This is all suc great writing advice, thanks!
I enjoy writing. ehow was fun and profitable for me. LM5 has been enjoyable.
Thanks for writing this list. I keep thinking I 'should' be writing this, or that, when the truth is I know what I love to write...I'm just not sure if I can make a living doing it. You are inspiring!
Have you noticed me following you? Hee -he! And it's not just because I'm also following EmmaRileySutton. She and I connect like magnets. I think my niche would be for inquiring minds who want to know "what will she come up with next". Great list Nannette, I'm truly interested in the information you provide. Thank you.
Thanks for the information for helping writers find their niche. I should limit myself to only one - my interests are varied and I haven't been able to narrow it down. Pleased you posted this on List My Five.
When you like something it shows. Your wisdom to create this fine list to find the writing niche tells the world what an intelligent and sharing person you are.
This is such a helpful article. Thanks for sharing!
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