You have a ton of content in front of you: videos, books, blog posts, podcasts and more.
Digesting it all feels kinda like work, right?
You even know the routines of the top writers, and probably have even taken a course or two.
So much content.
When you sit down to write yourself, your writing is just…kind of…dull.
I get it.
And I know it happens to all writers at times.
But you’re killing your creativity by not being YOURSELF.
Being yourself can be really scary.
Fear kicks in, and you try to ignore it.
Follow the path of least resistance also known as the simple formula everyone else uses.
Fear tells you to go do something safe and familiar.
You KNOW you want to do something else—but this comes with great uncertainty.
Failure is a distinct possibility, if not a certainty (at times).
Maybe you want to write a fantasy novel or a thriller.
Or write a book that you’ve been holding inside for a while.
Maybe it’s time to question some “expert” advice on your blog. (There are no real experts—we are all students.)
You know in your gut that you want to do something different, but you hold back.
To write something great, put something on the line.
You can’t hold back. There are a million (or even a billion) safe books and blog posts out there.
Creativity is all about pushing, stretching and even crushing boundaries.
In the words of Charles Bukowski, “don’t write something dull and boring and pretentious, the libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over those books.”
The majority of blog posts on the web fall into this category too.
Why? They are so safe and interchangeable.
It’s better to be wrong for something you actually believe in than to just repeat what has already been said a billion times before.
You can TRY to build a platform based on safe writing (and having everyone like you) but it won’t work.
Politicians worry about the masses liking them. Real artists don’t. There will always be critics.
Step up and embrace the scary writing you really want to do.
You won’t truly be satisfied as a writer until you do.
There will be consequences from this.
You’ll may offend someone.
You may have a bestseller.
You may grow as a writer and decide to go in a different direction with your writing altogether.
Fear and failure are always part of the creative process.
The question is whether or not you admit this.
I know these are not popular or even fun topics, but to be truly satisfied with your creative output, you must constantly challenge yourself.
The one word that crushes fear is support.
Having support is the key to creative success.
When you surround yourself with others who cheer you on, and are fighting the same creative battles you are, you will find you can reach new heights.
I wouldn’t be here today if not for a group of great men and women who have supported me and encouraged me.
I’m starting a writer’s mastermind in November (the perfect compliment to NaNoWriMo) and I’d like to invite you to be a part of it.
The focus will be on ONE THING–writing the content that is burning your insides.
The writing that scares you and you know you need to write.
Is it right for everyone? No. I only want writers who are frustrated with safe writing and are ready to smash the status quo into pieces.
I am even including a Write Publish Share membership with this exclusive mastermind (over a $129.99 value!).
But hurry, I’m limiting the number to the first ten people.
For less than $2 per day, why not take your writing to the next level?
Get the support and help you need. Don’t try to do this alone. Let’s do this together.
What is some scary writing you know you should do? Share in the comments.