In writing, as in life, we tend to protect ourselves by sticking to safe waters – the creative skills we’ve already mastered, the tricks we know, the topics that won’t offend.
But is safety what you’re truly after?
Writing safe might earn you good critiques and prevent you from being criticized for being controversial or confrontational. But on the other hand, you won’t learn nearly as much and you won’t grow into the best version of yourself.
Mastering new skills is difficult and time-consuming. Writing boldly about social issues or your personal life can expose you to public scrutiny. However, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience incredible creative joy that is unknown to the person who never tries.
Today, think about some aspect of writing or creativity that feels too bold for you now. Maybe you’ve never written confessional poetry or explored a social issue that’s important to you. Maybe you’ve written short stories but have avoided writing a novel or poems. Do you stick to the same genre? Do your stories always end happily?
There are positive aspects to leaning into your strengths as a writer. You shouldn’t drop them simply because. However, do consider whether you should take a vacation from playing it safe. What’s the boldest creative endeavor you might undertake?