Over the six months I’ve been writing every day, I’ve yet to become an expert on any one topic. I haven’t found my niche and if I was to guess why I’d say it was because I’m not looking for one. Maybe not having a niche is one in itself. I write to express what’s on my mind and in my heart. About my life experiences and the thoughtful observations I make along the way.
When I first started to take writing somewhat seriously 4 years ago or so, I wanted to tell stories — the true to life ones I’ve experienced. Some funny, some tragic. As is with life. Much of my writing is classified under ‘Life’ and ‘Life Lessons’ but that’s mainly because they are two very generally broad topics in which most of my writing fits. Still, not quite a niche.
A niche is technically defined as ‘A comfortable or suitable position in life or employment’. I’m not looking for a single category or topic to get comfortable in. Not in writing and not in life. In fact, just the opposite. I love writing about the things that make me most uncomfortable. I overcome my fear of what other’s may think of me everyday through doing this. Through sharing the best and worst of my life experiences and what I’ve learned from them. Comfort breeds complacency and kills our progress and sense of creativity.
That’s not to say I never touch on what’s trending or the hot and controversial topic. If I have a take on something in the news that I feel others will find interesting or one I just can’t help but to write about, I go with it. It has to matter to me though, otherwise I just can’t bring myself to do it. The words aren’t there because the passion is not and forced writing is the worst kind.
I see not having a niche as an asset rather than a liability. I’m not backed into any single category, which leaves me free to write about anything my little heart desires. Whatever is burning inside of me and can only be extinguished through the written word. I’ve never been a fan of the monotonous. In fact, my dislike and fear of the monotonous is part of the reason I even decided to pursue writing full time to begin with. Showing up to a job to do the same thing I don’t care about everyday always sounded like a slow painful death to me. So why approach writing any differently? Conventional never worked for me. Why lock myself into any one topic just for the sake of success and because everyone else does?
From what I’ve read, not having a niche in writing is detrimental to your success. While I know I’ll never be the click bait listicle writer or the guy who uses apps to find out what’s trending so I can write about them, at this point I don’t even knock those who do. Get it while the getting is good. I’ll be over here telling the stories that scare the shit out of me. Revealing parts of myself most people want the general public to believe don’t exist within them as well.