As a freelance writer/blogger who seeks to become a successful (and paid) purveyor of prose, one of the biggest problems I have encountered in trying to establish myself is knowing where to start. One of the most common recommendations is to first choose a writing niche. The most common way to do that is to examine what you have experience in and what you enjoy doing.
Focus on your skills as a niche.
I have a fairly diverse range of things I enjoy and have some knowledge in. I’ve worked in IT for almost 20 years of my adult life. I’ve developed software, created reports, managed servers and databases, abused (in a good way) Microsoft Office for years and collaborated on projects that often helped me learn new things.
Social Media is another area I am drawn to. The intricacies and nuances of knowing when and where to be socially present to market your content and business are very interesting. I have come to realize that there are many who still fail to recognize the importance of Social Media in running their business.
What do you do for recreation?
I have been an avid reader of fiction for the larger portion of my life.Science fiction and fantasy primarily, but there have been other types of fiction along the way. I enjoy writing poetry – have written volumes of it over the years – but these days my muse tends to fall silent when it comes to marching my words to a cadence of my own design.
In addition to my fictional reading, I was a table-top gamer and online game developer for a number of years. That involved creating elaborate stories about fictional worlds and people and watching those stories unfold through the role-play of my gathered friends. It was a lot of fun!
What are you passionate about?
After Jesus called me into His fold, my interest turned to writing about the Bible, about all that God is and has done/is doing for us. This is still a primary area of writing interest for me because I deem it the most vital and important. Now that I am involved in children’s ministry, it opens up even more areas that I would like to share with others.
I have also developed an interest in being a ghostwriter. My hope is that I can inspire people to share their stories of salvation and talk about their developing relationship with Jesus. This will hopefully help others see that God is alive, He is present and He is with us all, every one of us, every moment of every day. I’d like to help them find their voice and share their story with the world.
So what then is the final answer to my freelance niche dilemma? Where will I focus my writing efforts in the hopes of drawing in readers who will want to read what I am writing about?
Sifting through it all and examining the areas I want to be useful and in service to others, I think it can all be summed up in just a few words: Personal Development. We all must grow in order to be of use to those around us. Believing that life is just working an 8-12 hour day then drowning in a wash of television programming is hardly surviving, much less living. We’re travelers in this world. Our purpose should be growth. That comes by gaining wisdom and then spreading the truth (blended generously with love) to the rest of the world.
If I can, in some small way, assist someone in getting past their personal roadblock and moving further down the trail toward home, then I’m eager to serve.
What do you think? If you had to choose one area to write about, what would you pick?
If you are a freelance writer and have chosen your niche(s), what helped you choose?