Should I Specialize?

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As a freelance writer, one of the important things to think about is whether or not you should specialize in one particular area – often called a niche.   (Niches may also be broken down into micro niches, where you write about one aspect of a given topic.) When I began writing online, I did this using homeschooling as my main topic. Most of what I wrote was related to our home/school lives as a family.

From this, I found that there were other areas for which I could write. These included saving money, cooking frugally and, later, writing and gardening.  decorating and how-to articles are also within my reach, and I write them  at times. I like to write on a variety of topics, and feel that I would have become bored with the act of writing if I had stayed within the limits of the homeschool life.

I am happy to add as many areas of expertise as is possible to my writing career, though there are people who thrive by writing on one topic. I am just not one of them. I want to write on a wide variety of topics in the non fiction field, as well as within different genres of fiction.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Which way of writing will earn you the money that you desire? Give you the recognition that you crave? Many people do specialize, and earn a high income from doing so. Would you?

Shannon L. Buck

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About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.