I am the editor of a channel on Medium that talks about the writing process and writing life. Recently, renowned author Skip Press submitted this article for inclusion on the site. It’s a great read. Take a look.
Start Your Own Parade
by Skip Press
A successful writer once told me in a letter that he hoped I found my “niche” one day. That comment bothered me; I equated it to being pigeonholed, like a statuette placed in a niche on a wall. In retrospect, I now think my correspondent meant another definition of the word, “a place, employment, or activity for which a person is best fitted” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary). I’ve always been of the mind that a good writer can write coherently and intelligently about anything, as long as the subject can be thoroughly researcher. And I’ve written on everything from firearms to computers to Hollywood (which actually aren’t that disrelated). My Renaissance man view of my profession, however, was often viewed with skepticism by potential employers.
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