Shtick, a word I learnt fairly recently is a talent, style, habit, or other eccentricity for which a person is particularly well-known for. So as a writer, what is your shtick? (derived from the Yiddish word shtik (שטיק), meaning “piece”)
Do you just write humorous pieces or do you only pen down words that make your readers shed tears or you dip your imagination in dreams and take your readers to a fantasy land? Whatever your shtick, do you keep it or vary from it?
Is a writer better off sticking to his or her shtick? As for me, it depends when and about what I am writing. Would love to know how different writers do it.
4 thoughts on “What is your shtick as a writer?”
I am a quirky, humorous writer by nature. I am in awe of those who can write poetically, lyrically–but every time I try to emulate that kind of style, it comes out forced and hokey, rather than beautiful. So I stick to my shtick. It’s what I do best.
Thanks Tara. Yes, your writing is very quirky and I am glad you have found your niche in writing. I don’t try to write forcefully but just follow my heart when writing a piece.
I like to see humor in ordinary situations and tend to write that way. But sometimes I see or remember something that calls for telling it as it is (or was), and isn’t very funny…but I keep it real.
Thanks Ronnie, I can relate to it. The more I try to write forcefully in any particular direction, the less my writing sounds convincing to myself, so I just do where my heart takes me while writing that piece.