If you’re serious about making a living as a freelance writer you’ll find you need to brand yourself and develop a freelance writing niche or specialty. Or at least it often seems that way.
Many beginning writers get caught up in the idea they must have a niche before they start writing. It’s not true.
Freelance Folder has a decent article called Seven Ways to Find Your Writing Niche. Good ideas but if you’re new to writing you might find them a bit overwhelming. I want to take a different approach.
As a beginner, rather than trying to determine the perfect freelance writing niche, it makes sense to take a wide variety of assignments.
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Don’t worry about niches or specialties. Instead explore things like writing for small weekly newspapers.
Write a few pages Hubpages or Demand Studios - you might make a little bit of money and you’ll be gaining some valuable experience and a link or two for your writing credits. Just don’t get stuck there.
Try some blogging – maybe first at blogger or wordpress (both free) to decide if you really want to blog regularly.
Answer ads for writing jobs you’re qualified and those that you seem to be almost qualified for and accept as many different kinds of assignments you can.
None of these require a freelance writing niche, although one might begin to show up for you.
Pay attention to how you feel about each piece you write – notice if you enjoy doing the research and the writing or if you feel bored or unhappy.
I’m betting as you pay attention you’ll discover you like one kind of writing more than another.
The same thing is likely to be true about topics – topics in the broad sense. Some you’ll like and others you won’t. My hunch is you’ll realize you’ve got a freelance writing niche or two or three.
For example, years ago when the running craze was just getting started, I jogged. I also wrote about running and sold pieces to several magazines and newspapers on a regular basis. When I got my first computer I wrote for computer magazines as an end user learning how to use the machines. When I started to sail I wrote about boats and sailing.
Each of those is an example of a niche that developed because I more or less followed my nose.
My ghostwriting business evolved in much the same way. I stumbled into it with the first book and have been ghosting ever since.
For contrast only let me tell you I’d make a horrid golf writer because I’ve only played the game once. Poker is not my thing to write about because I don’t play.
In other words, write and let your nice develop naturally. Writing is the key, the niche is gravy.
You may also want to read Do You Need A Writing Niche?
Write well and often,
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