To compliment Fiction Friday, I have compiled a long old list of theme ideas for platform building blog posts.
This collection I think of as the Business Monday Platform Builder Prompt.
What I do differently with my genre?
This is an area that a lot of writers fail to address and we do so at our own cost. In business, we talk about the USP – Unique selling proposition. Your USP is the reason why someone should come to you rather than anyone else.
As writers, we are not also naturally attuned to thinking about what we do differently. Howeve5r, what we do that is unique or special is part of the character of our writing and the kind of stories only we can tell.
Each writer has a story that only they can tell. Give the same plot, characters, setting, and chapter notes to another writer and you will get a different story.
Reflecting on your uniqueness is as important for you as a writer as it is for the reader who might be looking for exactly what you offer.
What is your genre?
Of course, to be able to know how you set yourself apart in your genre, you must first know what the genre is.
Rock your Writing gives a great guide to figuring this issue out. I would certainly give that article a read if you are struggling to identify which genre your multi-genre break-out novel sits in.
For example, for all the urban fantasy elements I cram into some stories I know that they are actually soft sci-fi while others, despite the science bits are really science fiction. One with both is actually a coming of age story about childhood. The magic is secondary to that.
- Step one, know your genre.
- Step two, figure out what you do differently.
- Step three, write about it.
Let us know how you get on. For most platforms, linking to this post will ping it and make a link back to your post. Then we can all come and read what you have written. I look forward to checking out your platforms and your reflections of what you do differently.