What Am I Called to Write?

Do you have a writing gift? Do you have a knack with words? Do you feel an  inner desire to write? Even if you don’t use the word with friends or family, do you feel called to write?

Most of you who read this blog said a resounding “yes!” to those questions a long time ago.

And yet, one of the most common email or conference questions I hear is, “How do I know what I’m supposed to write?”

So Many Possibilities!

Sometimes the confusion is about subject matter. Should you write homeschool educational materials? Tips on raising children? Picture books that help preschoolers overcome fears? Humorous books to make teens laugh?

Sometimes the question involves age groups. Should you focus on preschoolers, early childhood, lower or upper elementary, YA, adults? Should you zero in on one age group or be flexible, writing for all ages?

Sometimes we wonder about form. Should we try a verse novel? Rhyming picture books? Series fiction? Nonfiction with photographs? Hardcover stand-alone novels?

Clues to the Answers

The following set of questions from The Soul Tells a Story by Vinita Hampton Wright are some ways you can explore those questions and perhaps find some answers. Take time with each question–each one serves a particular purpose.

  • The activity that gives me greatest joy is…
  • The good qualities that best describe my life are…
  • The help that people often solicit from me is…
  • The part of my personality that I would most hate to lose is…
  • The work that is most satisfying to me is…
  • The activity that I feel drawn to, even when it’s scary, is…

Finding Your Writing Niche

When I began writing thirty years ago, I only knew two things: I loved to read, and I loved my small children. I read the ICL ad and something went off inside of me, like a little burst of fireworks.  Me? A writer? Neat!

But what kind of writing?

I assumed, because my children were newborn, two and five, I would write stories for the very young. But by trial and error over two years’ time, while selling fiction and nonfiction for preschool through adult ages, I finally settled on middle-grade fiction as my first love. I occasionally write other things, but always come back to that.

You’ll find your answers in much the same way. Take time to explore. It’s an exciting time of your writing life!

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6 Responses to What Am I Called to Write?

  1. Alice Berger says:

    For me, it’s middle-grade and adult cozy mystery novels. I’m currently taking the ICL Beyond the Basics course, and absolutely struggling through it, because magazines are so NOT my niche. Lesson learned!!

    • kwpadmin says:

      I love writing MG mysteries and READING cozy mysteries for fun. And cozy mysteries set in England are my all-time favorites. :-) I’m with you on the magazine writing, unless it’s for a writing magazine. You might try that…

  2. Vijaya says:

    My writing tastes have changed from when I first started writing … and they have grown with my children. My natural voice seems to be stuck at preschool or the teenage years. I don’t know what that says about me, given at both those ages kids are highly self centered. Let’s not even go there …

  3. Conard says:

    Thank you a lot for sharing this with all people you actually recognize what you’re speaking about! Bookmarked.

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