Friday, February 19, 2010

Writing for Niches and Meaning

Many writing professionals seem to agree that writers need to find a niche for their writing. If that’s true, then I’m in a whole lot of trouble. I do have certain comfort zones, but as a writer, I cannot limit myself to becoming one-dimensional. There are too many things to explore and learn about. Life happens all around me and I certainly don’t need a degree to write about it.

While I do agree that becoming strong in one particular area of writing is important and will help you pay the bills, I don’t believe it is the only way to succeed as an author. The purpose of writing is much greater than this, and as such, writers need to be open to inspiration, not bound by niches.

Writers are not machines capable of turning out mass production on a moment’s notice. We are people far too tuned into the sensitivity of the world. We falter. We blunder. Ultimately we conquer fears we didn’t even know we had by the way we express things with our words. And then what? We format them into neat little paragraphs, sometimes losing the very essence of what we are trying to express?

That’s not writing, friends. That’s producing. That’s finding a way to pay your bills, and don’t you dare give up your writer’s heart and soul to do it. Make time to blog and share your thoughts with others. Enter that poetry contest just for the heck of it, even though you rarely practice writing verse. Work on that novel that’s been half written for sixteen months already, and write, not for your niche, but for the thrill of soaring in the wind!