Writing a book is like building a community. A community of people that share your values. So, it is really important that you choose a niche that truly resonates with you.
Now yeah, this might sound easy to say but hard to achieve, right? That’s why we are here to help you explore and understand how to decide upon a niche.
There are just a few techniques, using which you’d be able to find a niche that you resonate with. So, without further ado, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to building your community in a niche that you love.
1 Good Ol’ Pen n Paper
This is one of the easiest and most reliable ways of deciding what niche you want to work on. And guess what? You can do it right away.
Grab a pen and paper ‘NOW!’ Note down all that interests you. It may be something as simple as the joy of walking or anything as complex as building a rocket. Who knows maybe you’re interested in one... the next Elon Musk?
Okay getting back. Note down 10-20 interests. On doing it punctually, a pattern would start to emerge. Note it down. Voila, you’d have figured out a niche that interests you by the end of this process.
We could get more interactive. Let us know your interests in the comments below let’s check out what niche you’re drawn to. Cheers!!
2 Using Blog Posts as Chapters
One of the easiest ways of figuring out the niche you love is by observing what you have already written. Now, you might think that you do not run a blog.
But hey, you know what? You can actually check your social media conversations in the comments. Also, it is not too late to start a blog.
Wondering how to really get a book started with a blog? Okay, that is simple too! Start with one post per week and then slowly increase it as you find it comfortable. Four to eight posts per month are ideal.
The best part is that this gives you a concrete form and impetus to directly start off with your field of expertise. Doing this for about three months provides solid content for the particular niche you have built.
Darren Rowse’ Pro Blogger is one such great example. He worked on blogging as a side hustle and learnt so much that he published the book by the same title where he talks in detail about the benefits of blogging.
3 Following the Authors You Love
Another easiest way to get yourself comfortable is by following the masters. List down your favourite authors. The ones that you quite frequently read. Make a list.
Now go to Google and search for those authors or their titles. You would definitely stumble upon their website. Spend some time on their website and note down the things that they are focusing on within the niche.
Reflect upon whether you could offer your own perspective on it. You could also apply this method to the bloggers/blogs that you follow. Bloggers definitely have something unique to offer.
For instance, if you follow us, you’ll get insights into the challenges new writers face or even get to know about the most happening thing in the publishing industry.
4 Looking at Work-Life for Inspiration
One of the interesting ways of looking at a book is that it tries to solve a specific problem. Yeah! The question? Where do I start? So here is a simple thing you could do.
Note down what kind of questions people ask or approach you for, at work. For what kind of problem are you the go-to person? Note it down.
Now, this might seem cliché. But this helps you zero in on the one thing that you’re really good at. And before you know it, you’d have content ready for the business niche.
There have been many instances with a lot of people, we're just recognizing what people come to them for, which has helped them get great ideas for books and even business ideas.
You could start with something as simple as noting down 5 to 10 things that people come to you for. It need not just be about work; it could be about anything.
5 Creating What If Situations – Finding your Way to a Niche
This is yet another great way of developing a plot or a storyline within your niche. This is typically helpful if you’re working with fiction. Take an everyday situation and play around with the perspective and starting points.
Say for example you consider your commute to work. Now ask yourself this, “What if you took the same route as every day, but you see a completely different place altogether?” What would you do? Now develop this into a complete story. Get creative and have fun.
Suppose you are working with self-help and non-fiction and come across some interesting questions, start with some research and you shall have a huge content to offer to readers, even before you realize it.
Have you tried this before? Do let us know your experience in the comments.
6 Think of the Audience That Loves Your Niche
Dedicate solid time for audience research. This helps you connect your work in the niche with your audience.
Understand how the audience already interacts with your niche. There are a few platforms you can use to understand the audience.
Check out Good Reads! Look at what people are talking about in the books related to your niche. Also, note down the thematic of the discussion such as what have people liked or disliked. How many are recommending a particular book and why?
Basically, these forums give you a complete overview of the audience response to the niche. Once you have this data with you start finding the gap and start working your outline along the way.
7 Testing Your Niche with your Audience
Now once you have a fair idea about the niche you want to work on, you might want to hold on a bit and follow this one step before you start working full-fledged on your book.
Interact with the audience through simple videos and spill some beans about your work around the niche. Say you make short Instagram reels and give out snippets of your work. Observe how the audience responds to it.
If the response is great, then amazing, it’s a green signal for you. If not, no worries, you could rework a bit and get back to this process again.
Remember, getting successful at a niche is all about providing your own flavour to it.
Great! Now that you have a niche, you’re all set to write it. If you feel stuck while writing, there are simple techniques that could help you be a writing machine.
We have covered the simplest and the easiest of things to decide a niche. We’d love to hear from you. Have you tried any of this before? How was your experience?
Do you have a hack that’s not mentioned here? Do let us know in the comments. And we’ll respond
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