Tap into your Uniqueness

There's some unique stuff in hereOne harmless Facebook post garnered more comments than any I’ve ever written.

Who knew my preference for Fatburger over In-and-Out would cause such an uproar? Growing up in California, In-and-Out Burger was a sacred cow(meat). To suggest anything else was blasphemy.

You’re unique and have a unique point of view.

 “Yeah, yeah. Everyone’s unique,” you say, “but I’m not THAT unique.” Hold on, friend! Unique means “one of a kind” and there is no degree of variation.  Theres is no “THAT unique” or “very unique” or “somewhat unique”. Unique is unique. (Feel free to tweet that last clever sentence.)

I’m guessing you have opinions that fly in the face of society’s mantras.

Think about music. Do you believe The Beatles to be the best band of all time? Is the King of Pop really a king or was he a minor magistrate? Really think about it. What musical sacred cows deserve to be served up fries? (I’m craving burgers now, so excuse all the references.)

What does this have to do with writing?

 Whether writing fiction or non-fiction, your point of view comes through.

People are attracted to uniqueness.

SCNo one wants to read the same old, same old. And you want your fiction to be something other than the “expected”, as we discussed in last week’s post. People may not like your point of view, but a memorable book is better than a forgettable book.

Let’s exercise your “uniqueness muscles” : What counter-cultural opinions do you have about innocuous things?


Please leave a comment, but remember, these are innocuous- Food, TV, music, movies, sports. No political or religious discussion; these are INNOCUOUS opinions.


I’ll go first as an example- The “How I Met Your Mother” finale was an appropriate and satisfying finish to the show.