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|My oldest daughter riding, who could teach me a thing or two about focus.|
I've given a lot of thought about my writing niche. I like the word niche, but for me, niche also means platform, genre, my writing thing, my specialty, my nook & cranny, and my spot in the literary world. I'm not talking about sticking my nose in a genre corner, but a little focus would be nice. Someone told me recently that I'm darting from one thing to the other because I'm creative and that's what we do. We create. Anything. Everything.
Example: If I see an interesting person having coffee next to me, I
need want to write a story about him / her. That's fine and dandy, as long as I don't let it interfere with the bigger plan. On a daily basis, I probably have 2-4 news story ideas fall out of the sky and land in my head! Folks, let me tell you, as writers, we can't do it ALL. It's just not possible. And if you can, please show me the way.
When I mentioned change above, don't be sad. I'm not leaving. Merely evolving in a positive manner. More on what sort of change in a later post. But remember,
Change is good. Change is growth.
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
~George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
I've done a ton of reading on the subject about finding your niche / platform / genre. I'd like to share some of the information with you.
How to Turn a Hobby into a Niche I really resonated with this one!
Author Sarah Ketley says, Let Your Genre Choose You
Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner suggests we Pick a Genre!
Writer Know Thy Genre & Why You Should Only Pick One
Do you subscribe to the Writer Unboxed blog? Well, you should! Always great information. One from last year stands out about platforms. A guest post from Christina Katz, who wrote The Writer's Workout is fabulous. You can read it HERE. Ms. Katz says every writer, non-fiction and fiction should build a platform.
Also here's an older post from Writer's Toolbox from Therese Walsh about building platforms. Platforms and Opportunities
And last, but certainly not least, my WANA Mama, Kristen Lamb is a true warrior writer. You will find many helpful blogging / writing tips on her website. THIS POST she wrote about authors having more than one blog. I found it helpful, and I've read it several times in the past month. It's one of the reasons I've come to the conclusion that I need to settle on my niche. My brand. My platform. And stick to it.
Some say write what you know. Others say write the book you'd love to read. Why not write a novel, novella, short story, article, poem, or non-fiction book of what you know and love? Talk about passionate writing.
Think about your favorite author. Do they have a particular niche / genre / platform? Running through my list of favs, mine do. What do you think about platforms?