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January, 2008


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Here A Niche, There A Niche!
Maybe it's time to shake its shackles
By  Nadia Ali

Once you become comfortable in your own area of expertise you can become locked.
O
h no! Not another article telling you about how to find a niche in which to write.

"I've already found my niche and I am quite comfortable here, thank you!" I hear you respond.

Well, that would be the point -- being too comfortable, enough not to look around to see what else is out there. We all know that finding your niche is something that takes time and experience as you experiment with writing forms and guidelines to build a career in the niche that feels like home to you.

But is your home now your prison?

What is a niche? It's when a writer typically writes for one particular industry. It can be a topic or area of writing that they are well-suited to, and comfortable writing about, say, parenting. But there is more to writing about it than just parenting. Once they settled in one niche and decide to make it their one and only, they could be in trouble.

If this is you, take heed. Once a niche becomes your comfort zone, you become it's slave. You use as a support system, one that shields you from other genres, one that holds you back and you need to get out of there! Suddenly, you'll loose control and get locked in, and somehow finding another niche to uplift your spirit or inspire your writers flow is out of your reach.

After weeks, months and perhaps years, the topic can become repetitive, you can't figure out how to re-slant an article you've reworked for the umpteenth time. Maybe it's time to admit your niche has become your prison and it becomes… well, boring.

You need to be surrounded by many niches, breaking out wherever those writers' guidelines or call for submissions take you -- even if it's the money that gets you to open up your horizons!
 
Finding a new niche offers diversity, new avenues, new published clips. All you need to do is network with your fellow writers sign up for free or premium market newsletters. When my online greeting card writing came to an abrupt halt I hadn't even thought of another niche!

It was then I realized I was unable to write beyond a handful of words, even word counts of just 500 words looked like a novel to me! After all, greeting cards use about 20 words! So, I opened my horizons by signing up for free newsletters and for a few paid premiere markets and suddenly, I was writing in niche markets like the travel industry, pets, family, health, anthologies and even writing about… writing!

Writer's ezines and NewslettersMarkets can be found via the Internet, writers chat rooms and networking. All you need to do is subscribe to free writer newsletters and ezines. They provide up-to-date market information and also tips, articles and advice on the topic of writing. Normally markets found in ezines are in direct response to needs specified by the editor who's appealing to writers for submissions on an asap basis. The quicker your response to these ads the better for you.

Just take a look around you and broaden your horizons, your writing ability and of course, your income. Following is all kinds of niche resources.

FREE Writers Ezines
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http://www.writefromhome.com
http://www.fwointl.com/in.html

PREMIERE Writers Markets
http://www.fundsforwriters.com for just $12.00 per year 2,000+ opportunities
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http://www.freelancedaily.com for just $29.95 per year
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Nadia Ali began her freelance writing career as an online greeting card writer. She presently writes for multiple markets and makes the most of all the niche she can get! Email : nadia@freelance-worker.com

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