Finding Your Writing Niche
By Melody Delgado
The prospect of starting a writing career can be daunting. Where do you begin? As with anything else, it’s best to determine what your strengths are and then play to them. What subjects are you good at? Math? Science? Sports? What intrigues you? Art? Music? History? What genres do you usually read? Mysteries? Westerns? Historical Fiction?
Let’s say math is one of your strengths and you like reading biographies. You might try writing about an influential mathematician. If you lean toward historical fiction you could write about that same character, but also create a story that pulls in historical events of significance that were happening during that time period or in that part of the world.
Experiment with different genres. Finding your niche will involve trial and error. You will make some mistakes along the way, but that’s okay.
Those dead ends will only serve to narrow down the choices of the road you are supposed to take. As you begin experimenting, you will also begin to unearth your own unique writing style.
I’ve published memoirs and fictional stories for the adult magazine market as well as picture books for the younger set. What I’ve discovered about my own personal writing style is that no matter what genre I find myself in, a bit of whimsy will usually find a way to sneak into my prose. The more writing projects I’ve undertaken, the more my own personal voice — my unique way of saying things — has started to shine through.
Another thing to consider when deciding upon a topic to approach, is any need you are aware of that may be present in the current marketplace. Has there been any topic that has been difficult to research due to lack of information? Perhaps that is the topic you should be writing about. Ultimately, finding your niche is like finding the right outfit to wear. You may have to try a few things on before finding something that fits.
About the Author
Melody Delgado has been a published writer since 2000. Her YA/Adult novel, ROYALLY ENTITLED, was released digitally by Clean Reads in May, 2017. It recently won a Readers' Favorite award in the category of Historical Christian Romance. A humorous children’s novel, OOPS-A-DAISY, was just released by Clean Reads.