We’ve all had that one role model growing up that we wanted to be like. When I was 7 I wanted to be a Pokemon Master like Ash Ketchum and a Sailor Scout like Sailor Moon. They were strong, brave, and had lots of friends.
Who wouldn’t want that? But as I got older I realized being me is just fine. Too many people want to be like some else but it’s actually more important to be different. If we were meant to be the same we would’ve been made the same way and like all the same things but we don’t.
We’re unique for a reason and that reason is for us to stand out.
When you break away from the social norm of society people notice (i.e. potential readers). I’m not telling you to go do something crazy, I’m teling you to have your opinion, speak your mind, and say and show what you stand for.
People respect people who aren’t coming off as fake or pretending to be something they’re not. You’re more special than you think. Think back to your childhood. What were you teased about? Don’t cringe at the memory but embrace what makes you different.
If you have a weird laugh don’t hide it in the podcast. And if have a funny accent broadcast it loud and proud (some may have noticed from my videos that I have an accent. I’ve been teased about it growing up but I’m shy to speak on video)
This may be the identifier for your audience recognizing you.
Start something new. Be unique and be bold. Don’t try to be like somebody else. Too many people are doing that already. Don’t let the fact that people are blending in with each other and becoming one person stop your breaking out.
Why It’s important
Readers don’t want a writer that writes just like all the other novel writers out there. If that was the case they would just continue reading the other author’s work instead.
Even if you’re writing in the same genre as other authors, it doesn’t mean you have to write like them, act like them or wish to live the life they live.
You can’t. You’re not them and they’re not you. And that’s fine.
I think we all could use some soul-searching time to think about what makes us who we are. Think about what we have to offer the world and how we can do it in a way that no one else can. That’s the uniqueness that readers are attracted to and will have them coming back to you, yes you, again and again.
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