Another week nearly over. How time flies, and again I’ve had a brilliant week, what with writing, gaining many new friends on Facebook, twitter and on here. Oh and of course I can’t complain about the sales of my books as it has been an exciting last few weeks all round. Thanks to you…
Are You Sitting in a False Comfort Zone?
What does ‘comfort’ mean to us as writers? And are we sitting in a comfort zone that is actually holding our creativity in check?
What might be your comfort zone? Is it a job, a certain trusted group of friends, a place where you live/work/play or ‘I’ll do that later, I’ve plenty of time to do so then,’ attitude. Or more simply put – ‘someday.’
Be honest now, how many times have you said, “Someday I’ll write a book. Someday I’ll move to the country. Someday I’ll start that diet/exercise.’
And as writers, we too have our own niche comfort zones. Years ago I was heard to say, “I’ll send my MS off to an agent when I’ve properly finished my draft. When I’ve finished and I’m happy I’ll send the MS off to this publisher/agent/editor… someday.”
Yet, someday never seems to come as we are all guilty at some time in our lives of hiding behind these barriers, which in effect protect us from things we are afraid of.
But we must face our fears if we wish to get past a barrier or two. Some fears we have to respect in order to maintain our own physical and emotional safety. We might have a huge fear that cannot be faced head on in one step and, looking at this fear, and barrier, we’ve constructed, it’s this fear that is instrumental in keeping us from moving forward and achieving what we want to do. We need to face this fear. Maybe we should take small steps to overcome this – take it slowly and positively, but remember – don’t find yourself in that ultra-false comfort zone of perfection.
Perfection does not exist. Perfection never finishes. If I wait and I work hard to find perfection, I‘ll never finish my novel, I will never have a blog or web site, etc., etc. So get out of that false comfort zone, now!
You’ve already read up on how to…edit your novel, format it for an eBook, send to a publisher, and write that blog post…so now is the time to use those small steps to take you to that goal and ultimately your reward.
A book that you’ve written and is now published and is being read by readers like you.
We all need to explore and to discover where are dreams will take us, so move out of that comfort zone and head towards your dreams. Go for it! I did. I’ve now published three novels in eBook and paperback, written a collection of short stories and I’ve another work in progress that will be published in a month or two. And I’m already thinking ahead for a trilogy. And you know what? I never have a dull moment and I’m loving it!
As ever, a huge thanks to those of you who take the care and trouble to read my humble blog posts. I love receiving all your comments and I do endeavor to reply asap. And of course it goes without saying, thank you to those who have bought and reviewed my books. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you rock!
Enjoy your days,
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