Did you know there were such specialists as motorcycle accident attorneys? How about Internet and IT attorneys? Or lawyers who specialize in travel and tourism law?
I guess if I would’ve thought about it, I would’ve realized that for every area of human behavior, somewhere there’s an attorney who specializes in related laws and legal matters. But I just hadn’t thought about it much until recently in a conversation with a friend of mine who is, you guessed it, an attorney.
But I think we can really learn something from such specialization. We can reflect on our particular skills, background, and interests and decide what sort of writing career we want to pursue. If you have a special skill, special interests, and background experience, you can be any kind of writer you wish to be. You can specialize.
Now I’m not saying specialized writers have an easy go of it when it comes to making a living. But then “generalists” struggle, too. In the end, learning to do and doing every sort of writing you can is probably what you’ll need to do if you depend on your writing for a livelihood.
On the other hand, if you have a passion for a specialized type of writing, you may be much happier starving to death doing it than trying to write all things for all people.
What’s your pleasure?