What’s My Writing Platform?

Recently I decided that I have to be a writer. If I don’t write, I’ll never be happy with myself. My day job is completely unsatisfying from a personal standpoint, and I really want to be doing something creative. I’m trying to get to the point where I can feel comfortable calling myself a writer. I’m doing this the only way I know how: practicing my writing and reading books on the subject.

In Sage Cohen’s book, The Productive Writer, chapter 2 is all about finding and defining your platform. What does she mean by that?

Well, to be honest, I’m not 100% sure. What the heck is a platform? It seems like she means you need to decide what topic you want to be known for. Are you a how-to girl, an expert in culinary history, a poet or a political analyst? What do you want to say to the world?

What do I want to say to the world? I have a lot of interests, but I have no idea what exactly I would want to write about. I have a degree in history and I love art. Could that be the makings of my platform? I wrote my graduation thesis on Italian immigrants and the Catholic Church in the early part of the 20th century. Could that be my platform? What about all the other things I want to write, like the novel I keep thinking about? How do I know when I’ve found the right platform?

In a way, this blog started as an exercise to discover my writing niche. Maybe I could look through my posts and figure out what topics I write about the most.

Maybe there is no clear answer. Maybe I just need to keep writing about whatever I want, and see where it leads me. Sounds like a plan!

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2 thoughts on “What’s My Writing Platform?

  1. I’m not sure if writing is something about saying something to the world. I believe it is more like sharing something of yourself with the world.
    My own quote is “writing is something between a prayer and shout in the woods – we just hope someone is listening”
    Writing is healing, creative and soothing. It is a way to quell that part our souls that need expression.
    It is not a safe or economically sound career choice
    Good luck.

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    1. You’re right, it definitely is healing and soothing! Sometimes the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning is knowing that at lunch time, I’ll be able to write.

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