A good way to begin your writing journey is to start by considering what topics may be of value or interest to your readers. It’s certainly important to choose a niche for your writing, and stick to that. This is something that I have read over and over again from other writers who write helpful tips for other writers. I agree that having a niche is a good idea, but how do you find and settle into your niche?
Begin by taking an inventory of your skills and your interests. This will give you a starting point for your writing. Many successful writers have used their specialized knowledge in career fields as a basis for writing their novels. A nurse can draw on his or her experience working in a hospital or clinic as the basis for a character in a book. Spies, policemen, accountants, teachers, waitresses, the list goes on. So, to begin writing, it is a good idea to write about something you are familiar with. This angle will give your story a basis in reality.
If you are not interested in writing about your career or in developing a character that works in your area of specialization, you will then need to lean on your imagination a little more heavily.
In the fiction genre, there are many sub-genres. As a fiction writer you can write a crime novel or a romance or combine the two. In this instance you could draw ideas from articles that appear in the daily news.
So, if today is the first day of your writing journey, please consider taking the following steps:
- Gather up some note books and some pencils.
- Select a room or area in your office or home designated for your writing.
- Write something every single day. Even if you just write one sentence you will soon find that it will become a habit that you look forward to. And before you know it, you will be writing paragraphs or filling entire pages with your thoughts.
- Have a Thesaurus at your side.
- Allow the writing to flow. Don’t edit yourself. There will be plenty of time for that later on.