I Am Not A Niche

An honest reflection about niche and writing.

I am not a niche, so why does my writing require one?

As a writer, I am many things.

I am a teacher.

I am a teacher who writers.

I am a teacher of writing.

I am a mother of four and a writer.

I am an ultra runner and a writer.

I am a wife and a writer.

I am a reader and a writer.

I have interests galore and roles which influence my writing.

Worrying about an email list and promotion has been the topic of conversation between a writer friend and I. It has spanned days. We love our craft and we also love money. We have both been told we need a niche to be successful. It has been told we need a niche to increase followers and subscribers and it makes it easier. I am not sure this idea is true.

I am a poet and essayist.

I am a blogger and a short story writer.

I am a novel writer.

Why should I only have to focus on one of these things to be successful?

The answer is — I don’t.

I am also a yogi and a yoga teacher. I bend and am flexible with my physical form so the mental form is going to follow. Reflection is one of the superpowers I possess.

As a writer, one of the types of essays I receive the most feedback for are my Weekend Coffee Share posts. It is a reflection of my week written in a conversational tone and the sentence stem, “If we were having coffee”.Weekend Coffee ShareA cup of coffee and a conversationmedium.com

I also get a lot of feedback from my poems. These are two genres of posts that are the easiest to write for me. The Weekend Coffee Share posts give a glimpse into the life I lead. In some ways it seems odd for people to be fascinated by this post, but I read those types of posts myself from others and adore them. The poems are insights into my emotions as cryptic as that may be. They are real and raw. The exact reasons I read myself. There is an honesty like no where else.

You can read this article here on Medium.

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