What the NICHE?

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If you follow me on Instagram then you see I chose to go with writing for this brain session… or what’s left of it after sitting through an entire day of lectures from an endless army of informants sharing the MOST boring information this side of the Ant Farming 101. (NO OFFENSE IF YOU’RE AN ANT FARMER – maybe just pick something a little more interesting pay the bills???)

Like many of you, I work a 9-5. On top of that, I work part-time on the staff of my local church. On top of that, I’m still learning what it means to be a family man. On top of that, I am looking for a new home and experiencing all the fun that comes with that! (<– Re-read as sarcastic as humanly possible.)

Somewhere in the middle of all this, a FURIOUS interest in reading books has sparked up with a flame more intense than ever. The funny thing is I don’t know if I even actually enjoy reading… But I love the feeling I get when I finish a book. The sense of accomplishment I feel is invigorating but… short-lived. Soon it’s on to the next 300 page quest for achievement.

Along with this I have discovered my love for writing * side note: I do not get to do that without you, the reader. So please hear me when I say, “THANK YOU.” The fact that you are reading this now gives me the encouragement to continue when I am dog-tired and discouraged.*

In addition, I recently published my very first book, Grace Pace (VERY COOL! 👏)  What that did for me more than anything was show me… I can do this. You can do this. WE can DO THIS! Whatever dreams we have… if we are willing to go after them, put in the work, and lean on the One who has placed destiny and dreams in our hearts we can have them.

I have a crazy active imagination. This is both a blessing and a curse. (The cool thing is I usually dream in color, surround sound, AND 4D) For the most part, I have done a pretty adequate job of shutting it down during hours when I need to function in the real world but when I start to think about telling stories… THE SYNAPSES THROW A FULL OUT FRAT PARTY.

I want to learn to harness this… I want to tell stories the way I see them. (The prologue in my book, Grace Pace, is the only published evidence of me doing so.)

Here’s the thing. Everything I read about writing/ promoting/ and creating says the same thing: “Find your niche and stick to it.”

I’m all OVER the place – I want to be an Instagram book guru , a voice for practical and authentic Christianity (hence the blog and the book), and a gripping fictional story teller.

Well, the book guru thing is W-O-R-K because I am THE SLOWEST reader you’ve never met. The trouble is I genuinely enjoy books. I will pay 2-3 times as much for a physical copy of a book just because I prefer to hold it in my hands, smell the pages, and slam it shut when I’m done.

I feel like my purpose in writing is to share the message of Christ with people who never realized it was for them. I do get the chance to tell stories in that setting but they aren’t so much fiction as they are gross over-exaggeration.

I will be the first to tell you I am not the most profound Bible teacher, I think people just relate to the way I share from it. I have a healthy burden to continue in this. It constantly weighs on my conscious – a mantle SO graciously laid across my shoulders. As long as the Lord continues to grace me to do this, I will.

The other part of me… the story teller, has a passion to wander into new areas though. I want to get crazy. I want to write about things that DONT EVEN EXIST in real life. I want to write series. I want to explore the caverns of this continent of an imagination I recognize is also a gift from God.

But “niche”…

I want to be a wise steward of my time and creative efforts. I feel like some of these things are more natural while some very obviously challenge me to be greater. I’m not really afraid to fail (being a public speaker beats that junk out of you in a hurry) but I just don’t want to feel like I’ve missed out.

Niche.

Such a weird word. Such a crucial concept. Such an elusive place.

 

So, now that I have literally just scrapped my brain across this keyboard I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts? What’s your niche? How did you find it and settle into it? Please feel free to leave comments and insight. I’m just getting started with all this and I am an OPEN BOOK.

 

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2 thoughts on “What the NICHE?

  1. When you find out let me know. Because I’d love to figure out what my “niche” is as well 🙂
    I enjoy writing conversations between characters because I’m outside of it, and it almost always leads to something I wasn’t expecting. But no one wants to read a book that’s made up of only dialogue, so I’m working on that lol.
    What I enjoy about your writing, in this blog and your book, is how it seems like a conversation between you and the reader. The reader feels like they’re a part of it, so they became more engaged. I think if you keep that tone then whatever you write – whatever niche you settle into – is going to resonate with readers.
    Probably not at all what you were asking here but there’s my two cents anyway.
    Ps I’m really enjoying your blog posts!

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