It’s already Friday and I’m wrapping up all of my new-found knowledge in the beginning stages of becoming a writer. I’m going to start doing this at the end of each week so I can share with everyone on the same journey. I’ve really learned a lot this week about writing and I’m finally starting to feel more comfortable with it. The biggest thing that’s been drilled into my head during this learning process is:
You have to find your niche. SO what the heck is a niche?
- Niche (architecture), an exedra or an apse that has been reduced in size
- Niche (company), an Internet search and review service
- Niche (horse), a British Thoroughbred racehorse
- Niche (protein structural motif)
- Bassline (dance music), a type of music related to UK garage also called niche
- Developmental niche, a concept for understanding the cultural context of child development
- Ecological niche, a term describing the relational position of an organism’s species
- Niche market, a focused,targetable portion (subset) of a market sector
- Niche blogging, a blog focused on a niche market (above)
A niche is essentially your writing focus. If you look up the definition for Niche Market it will basically tell you this: you have to target a particular demographic. You need to find your audience. Who is your writing speaking to?
When I thought about that question I answered: “I want to help change the world and get everyone involved. I’ll write about that!”
Then I realised that is a pretty broad topic and comes with quite a large span of sub-topics to say the least. So I had to think about narrowing it down. My head was (and still is) so full of ideas and thoughts and stories. How do you narrow down your niche?
I found the most common way to do this is to make a mind map like this one:
You put your main idea in the middle and work from the inside out. Break it down and build your structure. Bringing us back to the definition: Niche (architecture), an exedra or an apse that has been reduced in size. Kind of the same thing right?
You could think of it as your brain structure. BAM!
In my journey to becoming a successful writer I want to share this knowledge with others who are struggling with this process. This method has really helped me discover my niche. I can’t write about things until experience them so essentially my center subject is myself and my journey. It took me a while to figure this out. The experience, the lessons and all the essential steps I will have to take to become a great writer start here. And hopefully that means a lot of adventure in my future endeavours!
So how did you narrow down your niche? Did it take you a long time to figure it out too? Are you still trying to decide which direction to take your writing? I’m realising more and more that it’s actually quite difficult to become a successful writer. It takes a lot of time and patience just like anything else. And when your at the bottom… you have to work your way up. It’s all about the determination, structure and CONTENT! CONTENT! CONTENT!!
I still have so much to learn. If just finding the main topic I’m going to write about takes this long… then my first baby steps are just being taken! I am such a newby 🙂
Now the next teeny tiny baby step… to write a bunch of stuff!!
What are your tiny goals and dreams? What is your tiny story?
The best way to learn about this stuff is to connect and share with people. Do YOU have any tips on how to become a successful writer? 🙂 I sure hope so!
Happy writing! xo