It took me a long time to realize that I was spelling “niche” the wrong way. I wanted the word to be spelled the way I said it: nitch. But it isn’t spelled that way, because it’s spelled like this: niche. Now, I’m wondering whether I am even saying it the right way. One step at a time of course.
Starting this blog has made me think of this word, especially after I read the blog post called, “Just Focus” at Julie's Writing Grove: Just Focus. At the end of the post she talks about the importance of finding a focus for her blog and for her writing. And she’s right, too. With most blogs, you will find a common theme. With mine, if you read through enough of my postings, you will notice that I talk about what inspires me to write. Other bloggers keep you up to date with their writing activities. Some bloggers regularly update their readers with poetry and writing excerpts.
But, really I didn’t start out thinking I’d even find my “niche” in blogging. I started this blog thinking I’d run out of things to say if I focused on a particular topic….But it turns out though I’ve learned something about blogging….
…and here it is…
…..you ready? ‘Cause it’s a good one…
…..I’ve learned that by focusing on a particular theme or subject that I am actually more inspired to write for my blog. How weird is that?
With every blog post, I think to myself, “What inspired me to write?” And I am actually thinking of more posts with this “niche” than if I kept myself open to posting about anything.
The funny thing is though I have not yet found my “niche” with writing. When it comes to the fiction I write, I’m all over the place….horror, humor, mystery, literary fiction…short stories, long novels, poetry. I really haven’t discovered my niche yet. You know…that area you feel your best in. Your nook and cranny in the world…
And the writing world is just filled with tons of nooks and crannies for a writer to find a home in. The most successful writers I know have found their “nook and cranny.” Or their “niche.” Stephen King? Horror. J.K. Rowling? Fantasy. John Grisham? Thriller. Kathleen E. Woodiwiss? Romance. Michelle Richmond? Literary Fiction.
Those are all fiction authors that I really look up to that have found their niche…their nook and cranny in the world of writing. I found my niche for my blog. I need to find mine for my fiction writing. I feel like I’m close, though, and I feel like one day I will find something that just clicks with me and writing in that niche, in that nook, will feel easy and good.
Sort of like finding the right guy to marry. It will just feel right one day and I wouldn’t even be able to explain it. “How did you know?” Someone will ask me. “I just knew.” I will say in response.
My inspiration to write today came from the hope that one day I will find the “one”….my “niche”….my “nook and cranny”…in the writing world. Today, find yours.
Or maybe I should just stop watching television.
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