Based in Noblesville, Indiana, Curtis writes the syndicated humor column, Grammar Guy. He also likes to write for startups.

What is something only you can do?

What is something only you can do?

 Photo by  Sara Rolin  on  Unsplash

Photo by Sara Rolin on Unsplash

There are north of 7 bajillion people in the world (or this particular version of the world if you subscribe to the multiverse theory).  How will you stand out?

You want to leave your unique mark on the world...so what is something only you can do? As far as I know, I'm the only person in the world who can do this:

Okay, so not everyone can be a special, sparkly unicorn like me. I have red hair. I'm left-handed. I can do that weird tongue thing that sounds like the between-scenes music on Seinfeld. However, that's probably not going to leave a unique mark on the world.

But I am a writer.

But there are a ton of writers.

Right. So, if I want to stand out as a writer, I need to be the best writer.

Wrong.

If I want to stand out as a writer, I need to write in a way that only I can. I need to find my unique writing voice that not even Jimmy Fallon or Kevin Spacey can imitate

The best way to find that voice is to write every day. Write essays, journal entries, opinion columns for the newspaper, poetry, scripts, articles, and even product descriptions. Your signature voice will begin to emerge as you immerse yourself in the craft of writing.

If you're a baker, bake like only you can bake. Bake your sweet buns off. Bake something brand new that would make the hosts of The Great British Baking Show blush with envy. Whatever your "thing" is, do it in a uniquely-you way. Because everyone can bake. Everyone can write. Everyone can _______. How do you do it differently?

To be honest, it's not necessarily what you do, but how you do something that will separate you from the pack.

Only you can do you. Only you can tell your story. You are the thing that will help you stand out. Stop trying to be like someone else and start doing the thing that only you were made to do.

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole

Write like you don't know any better

Write like you don't know any better