A couple of years ago, I wrote about Writing with Passion. In order to be successful as a writer, one needs to write what they are passionate about. Anything else and you’re not being authentic and true to yourself.
A few weeks back after reading a post from Christy Farmer, I began to question my own niche as a writer. With the combination of these two posts, I have since discovered that some things have changed, but others have remained the same. I’m still passionate about my favourite genres and particular topics. I remember one of my lecturers telling us that she found the best essays were written on topics that students felt passionate about. I believe in what she says and the same rule applies with anything we write.
In recent years, due to my University studies, there has been a shift in the different styles of writing that I do now. I’ve always enjoyed writing and for me it has mainly been works of fiction. Since I began my studies, I have been required to write personal essays, travel writing, as well as writing many other essays on various subjects. Slowly, but surely I have become accustomed to writing works of non-fiction; something I was always afraid of and therefore, made sure to steer away from.
To be a successful writer, one needs to be flexible; especially nowadays with the future of publication. As technology changes, so must we. To show that we are willing to try different writing styles and use different ways of publishing, can only improve ourselves as writers. What we write and how we write it can improve our portfolios, making us look appealing to publishers.
When it comes to writing, don’t be afraid to experiment. Artists and musicians do it all the time; by doing so they have learnt to evolve and expand not only their talents, but also their audiences.
How has your writing evolved over the years? Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone?
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