Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Does it hurt to step out of our comfort zone?
And speaking of artists, I think I'd love to sit under the sun in the middle of nature and paint. That's what en plein air artists do. Think van Gogh and his sunflowers. Ah...think talent, people. I don't have it.
The same can be said of my writing. I've written contemporary and historical. I've also tried my hand at romantic suspense. Now, I'm trying to write a paranormal. Emphasis on "trying." Is it wrong to step out of our comfort zones as writers? Do you think it puts a dash of freshness to our writings? Over the weekend when my head hit the proverbial "wall" so hard my cheeks still ache, I'd have told you it certainly does hurt to step out of our comfort zones--or our areas of expertise. I mean, what was I thinking?
Were YOU to try it and falter, I'd be right there, extending a hand, offering a smile, whispering in your ear you can do this.
So why is it easier to encourage others more so than it is to encourage ourselves? Don't WE deserve to value ourselves as women, as artists, as writers?
We all have our own comfort zones. We've all worked hard to expand them. It's never an easy or painfree process. We flounder and are embarassed. Sometimes we stop trying. More often than not, we keep chipping away at that granite mountain obstacle until we achieve what we want. Our perserverence pays off. Our drive delivers. Our singlemindedness of purpose helps us excel. And we know our power, our real power comes from deep within.
So, will I finish that paranormal? You betcha. Will it be any good? Well, now, let's focus on one thing at a time, shall we. "Finish what you start" is a rule I live by.
What have you started lately? What outside of your comfort zone calls to you? Making a speech? Hiking the Appalachian Trail? Sewing a quilt? Painting a field of blossoms? Or writing an online workshop? I'm betting you can do it.