Saturday, June 19, 2010

Get Out

So, you really want to be a writer? You really think you've got what it takes? Okay, then let's see you challenge yourself. Take yourself out of your comfort zone and throw yourself into something you've never done before.

Does this sound a bit harsh? It's not intended to, but it is the way it is. One thing every writer must learn in the early regions of their writing lives is that, in order to go from beginner to advanced writer, they must be able to write in a wide variety of topics and genres.

When I first started writing, I was only interested in getting my poems and short stories published. I had no intentions of ever writing non-fiction of any kind, especially not boring articles. Well, that changed in a hurry when I realized that articles was where they money is at. I had to take myself out of my comfort zone and learn how to jump into the mainstream.

Now don't get me wrong, I've never been a conformist. I'm not the kind of girl who will do whatever the rest of the kids are doing because it looks cool. No, I've always been the kind of girl who did her own thing her own way, and I soon realized that I could do this online writing thing like everyone else, but with my own twist. I created a comfort zone around a world I did not feel comfortable in. However, it didn't take me long to become very comfortable in my new surroundings.

If you are serious about becoming a writer, or if you're looking to further your writing career, you've got to be able to grow. If you enjoy writing articles, I challenge you to write poetry. If your thing is short stories, I challenge you to write an article about tractors. When you get to a point where you can write about anything, you can take your career to a whole new level.

Post by Christine R. Senter

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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