One of the things I have been thinking about lately is whether or not I have a niche. It’s hard for me to write about one specific thing over a period of time, because there is so much out there to write about. But I feel like focusing on one particular kind of writing or writing about one particular subject would be beneficial.
By carving out a niche for myself I can explore one topic or form in greater depth and I can learn about and become comfortable with writing about a particular topic. I can also learn how to better tailor my writing to the topic at hand. It also has the added benefit of being able to claim a level of expertise in certain forms or subjects.
Not only could it make me a better writer, but having a niche is marketable. From a career perspective it applies equally well for writing and editorial work. So working on fitting into a niche and gaining more knowledge on a particular subject, rather than taking on whatever comes along, seems like the right thing to do.
The problem then becomes one of what my niche is. I need to ask myself: What do I have an interest in? In what areas do I already have knowledge or expertise in? What are my strengths and weaknesses in writing? The answers to these questions will help me figure out where my niche is or where I can create one.
This also fits into some projects I am currently working on. I am mulling the idea of setting up a new publication and applying a niche to that would make planning and creating it a lot easier. It also gives the project a greater focus and objective, which is always critically important for large projects like that.
I don’t yet know what my niche is, but I am excited to figure it out.