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June 19, 2012

Should you find your writing niche?

by limebirdvanessa

Some people only write romance novels, others are screenwriters or poets. Some only write technical manuals about the functionality of air conditioning systems. Some focus only on non-fiction, others on only one genre. Me, I do it all (what do you mean you’ve never read one of my technical manuals about the functionality of air conditioning systems?). Without knowing the stats, I’m guessing that there are more writers like me, who dabble in several kinds of writing, than there are the highly specialised ones who have their niche and stick to it. Of course I don’t actually do it ALL, but I write short and long stories under various genres, poems, magazine articles, screenplays, and I’m currently working on a non-fiction book.

I really enjoy flexing my writing muscles in a range of different arenas, but I’ve started to wonder if I’m diluting myself too much by doing this. For instance, would I be a better short story writer if I only wrote short stories? My logic says yes, however, there is a lot to be said for developing your writing skills widely so that you can adapt to various writing requirements.

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