By: Marilyn L. Davis
Have You Found Your Niche?
Raw material, including words, become ours with practice. Not a reproduction of another, but a new reflection and perspective of the individual writer. So, what choices do we have for our words as a writer? The current estimate of words in the English language is 1,013,913 as of January 1, 2012, cited by Global Language Monitor, and with an estimated 14.7 new words created daily.
Therefore, I am not surprised that we all write differently even about the same subject or idea.
That is what amazes me about language. We clearly do not use all of the thousands of words available to us, yet, a good writer can take those same common words and make them interesting, new and exciting. So, what makes our use of the same words distinct and unique for each of us?
Understanding Niche Writing
- Commercial cultivation of the flower began in early Persia somewhere in the 10th century.
- The word tulip, in its English forms such as tulipa or tulipant, entered the language by way of French: tulipe and tulipan.
- Growing tulips from offsets require a year of growth.
- The Netherlands claims 1594 as the official date of the tulip flowering.
- Between 1634 and 1637, tulips were so popular, they became a form of currency in Europe.
I can find information about the tulip and include it in this article to make a point. Although it is accurate, it is not authentic to me.
It does not represent the language, cadence, tone or subjects that interest me. More importantly, writers have to use words effectively and authentically to convey their voice and strengthen articles. It is this combination of subject, tone, and authenticity in our choice of words that contributes to our niche writing
Narrow Your Niche and Improve
Writing takes time, energy and effort to be worthwhile. It takes reading to learn how to write effectively. It takes learning grammar, syntax, tenses, and all those things most of us have forgotten from high school English. Beyond that, what else does it take?
- Passion or enthusiasm and infatuation for the subject
- Learning more about our subject and researching
- Reading other opinions on the subject – pro and con
- Tentative articles in draft
- Making mistakes
- Improving our craft
Typecasting or Excelling at the Topic?
When You Find Your Niche
Taking those words to heart, I’ll also make a personal commitment to the serious tulip writers. I will never again encroach on your niche.
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