What makes you stand out as a writer?
This is a question everyone wants their own answers to – because “being unique” is what gets writers noticed.
It’s not enough to write about what’s trending, at least not in the long-term. If you want readers to become loyal audience members, you have to approach every topic you write about in a way that instantly grabs their attention. Preferably a way they’ve never seen before.
The most important ingredient to successfully create this uniqueness is your angle.
Not just the angle of one story you write, but all of them – your entire viewpoint on a particular focus subject. The way, you end up writing about something that approaches a topic everyone else has already published something about, but in a slightly different way.
I approach health writing a little differently than many others. I’m not interested in promoting products or showcasing the latest Instagram fashion models. I use health information as a primary foundation for everything I write. Eh, you don’t really care about that. The point is, it would be boring if everyone in the health space wrote about the same exact thing … which, for the most part, they do. So I make it a point to approach every topic a little differently.
How do you find your own personal angle? It’s a combination of a number of factors. Your overarching mission as a writer; your audience; basically, why you’re doing what you’re doing and who should care about it. Even if you end up writing about the same things as someone else – there are a lot of people blogging about writing, oh don’t I know it – you aren’t going to be doing it for the exact same reasons. That is what makes you different, in a good way.
I’ve been struggling for the last few months to come up with a core focus for our first writing course (sponsored by Patreon supporters, nudge nudge), and I think this is a very important place to start. I don’t want to teach writers how to write – I’m assuming those who are following along here already know the basics.
I want to help writers branch out and settle into their own unique corner of their specified niche(s). Because until you do that, you’re really going to struggle to capture your potential audience’s attention. If you’re going to succeed in putting your ideas into words, you really need to focus on the unique way you are going to approach the things you write about, whether you’re working on a novel or freelancing and/or writing is your full-time job.
Now that anyone can publish anything they want online, it’s important that each and every one of us figures out how to stand out from the rest in the most productive way possible. I know that’s hard – it has taken me eight years to get this blog to where it is today, and there’s still plenty more room to grow. It’s all about practice, and accountability, and really driving home the stories and messages that matter the most to you.
If you can’t afford to give $1 per month right now, that’s OK. No hard feelings – trust me, I know how much writers
don’t earn. ;) The course, which I’m hoping to be able to release later this year, will still be available to you. I don’t know yet whether or not it will be free for everyone or if our Patrons will get a discount and everyone else will pay full price – it honestly depends on how much support I can get by the time it’s ready to launch.
So if you can support this first course, and Novelty Revisions in general, please do. I’ve wanted to launch something for a long time, but just haven’t had the resources to do so. I think it’s important that whatever I develop is as good as it can possibly be – because you’re worth that, more, actually.
Standing out is hard. Everyone wants to be a writer. I’m here to help you become a better writer than you’ve ever been. That’s not always about grammar and how long your book is supposed to be – it’s about what you’re saying, and why it matters to the rest of the world.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a freelance writer and a nine-time NaNoWriMo winner with work published in Teen Ink, Success Story, Lifehack and USA TODAY College. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.