You may have noticed, already, that I am a little unconventional. I know what I’m supposed to do. I’ve read those articles on how to be an author. I’ve seen the rules, the dos and don’ts of the writing industry.
I laugh at those articles
Okay, that’s a little harsh and totally unfair. I don’t laugh at them. I laugh at the cookie cutter idea of it all. Find your niche and only discuss things within that niche. I’ve read that a lot lately. That’s how you establish yourself as an expert.
what am I trying to be an expert in?
Nothing. Everything. My own writing. Being me. That last one. That’s it. Isn’t it? Being an expert at being me.
As an author, I want to do my absolute best at my writing, this doesn’t mean I’m an expert in the craft. I have my own style, my own voice. That’s what makes it my writing. Of course I’m an expert at it. It’s mine. No one else can do it.
break the rules
That’s me. The rule breaker. I talk about writing. It’s who I am. I talk about discoveries I make during my research because I find them interesting. I talk about my family because they are dear to me, my pets because they are family, and cooking because it is my passion.
I am terrible at talking about myself. It’s something I’ve never been good at. I’ve chosen a different approach than what I’ve read about in all the experts‘ articles. I’m just me. What you see is what you get. I blog about whatever is on my mind at the time. I tweet random thoughts interspersed with writing and cooking and conversations with my family. My Instagram is full of pictures of my pets and food, and Pinterest is full of recipes I’m itching to try.
I’m just me
It’s all I can be. That’s what you’ll find around the internet. I tried to fit in the box. I tried to follow their rules. You’ll even see their suggestions peeking through, on occasion. I love learning and trying new things, so I’ll hit it with a what the heck attitude. If it works, it stays. I’ve learned that it’s okay to say that’s not me.
I thought about some of my favorite authors, stars, and musicians. I thought about what I’d like to see on their social media pages. They’re all different, with different niches, yet my answer was the same for all of them. It’s not about the content. It’s about the person. I want them to be real, be themselves. I don’t want some PR version of them, so I won’t give my readers a PR version of me.