Because we've made a name for ourselves doing ____.
Because ______ is easy.
Because ______ pays the bills and I don't want to rock the boat.
Because my family will be shocked if I do ______ even though I really, really, really want to do _____.
Because if I _____, everyone will see me if I fail.
What is the word that you'd put in that blank?
It's a new year and I want you to go and do whatever it is you wrote in those blanks. Just do it. The world will not come to a screeching halt if you push the boundaries of what is comfortable for you. No one will die (hopefully--I'm giving you all the benefit of the doubt about what you've put in those blanks).
Believe it or not, the writing profession is not life-or-death. We have psuedonyms to protect the not-so-innocent among us. We have the ability to adapt and write many things of diverse interests. Don't be bored. Challenge yourself. Reach for the stars!
Want to write a screenplay this year but you've always written novels so doubt your ability to adapt? Take a class. It's okay to be the dumbest person in the room--it means you're learning something.
Are you a successful blogger who wants to try your hand at publishing a book? Do it. Why not? Everyone else is.
My point is, the only limits that you have are the ones you're imposing upon yourself. As writers, we dwell in a world of infinite possibilities. Fill in those blanks and resolve to do it--fear be damned.
Amber Lea Easton
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published author of nonfiction, thrillers, and romantic suspense. A professional editor and freelance journalist for nearly two decades, she created Mountain Moxie Publishing Services to assist authors in mastering the writing craft. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to spreading suicide awareness, has topped international best selling charts, and has been named by Dr. Prem as fourth on the "Ten Most Inspiring True Stories Everyone Must Read" list. Easton is also a speaker regarding parenting through trauma and suicide awareness. To discover more about Mountain Moxie Publishing Services, please go to http://www.moxiegirlwriting.com. For a list of all of Easton's books, articles and interviews, go to http://www.amberleaeaston.com.