Risky Business (An IWSG Post)

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, y’all, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group!

(For more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link…)

This month’s awesome co-hosts are PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton.

This months (optional) question asks, “Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc or add controversial topics to your work?”

I don’t think I’m a risk-taker. I don’t think I do anything radically different or controversial. Or even a little bit of those things, really. I just kind of…do what I do—what I think best fits whatever story I’m trying to tell (albeit super slowly and perhaps not particularly well. But it is what it is…)

I do, however, have truly incredible writer friends who never cease to amaze me with their creativity and ingenuity and bravery and all-around awesomeness. They take risks and make it look easy, and I bow down to their superstardom.

I honestly don’t know some days why they continue to let me hang out with them, but thank goodness they do. They make me want to do better.

Even if I am doing it super slowly.

Stay safe & well, all.

20 Commentsto Risky Business (An IWSG Post)

  1. Hi,
    And that why you’re with them. You are one of the super stardom writers. You just haven’t noticed it yet. Keep working hard and one day you’ll see yourself just like you see your friends.

    All the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  2. Jemi Fraser says:

    Speed is relative! We all have to find our own pace and our own paths. I think yours is pretty fabulous!

  3. Not all of us were meant to push borders at every opportunity.

  4. Larry D Mihm says:

    Give yourself some credit. I’ll bet you take risks. There will always be the probability of someone, somewhere coming around to tell you about how you’ve done something the wrong way. Putting yourself out there in any way, shape, or form is risky. There are plenty of people who will claim you are tying your shoes the wrong way. We also know these days there are myriads of people who will feel offended and tell you about it if you use conventional pronouns. Writers who write outside their own journals are risk-takers. Thank you for being one of the brave ones.

  5. You’re awesome. That’s why writers want to hang out with you. =P

  6. We all need those talented writer friends to aspire to. Glad you have your gang.

  7. Chrys Fey says:

    That’s because you’re awesome and you sell yourself short. You do so much for local writers that I often wonder how YOU do it all. <3

    I second Patty's comment. 😀

  8. J E Oneil says:

    I don’t get how you can take a risk writing. Risk implies there’s some sort of danger involved, doesn’t it? You can try something different. And I guess putting yourself out there can be daunting. But risk?

  9. Doing it slowly is better than not progressing at all.

  10. Hey, you’re doing it faster than me, so there’s something!

  11. Slowly works. I jump around from project to project like a rabbit, so…sometimes I wish I could slow down.

  12. Sheri Larsen says:

    You do what you do… That means you are you, which is totally cool. Taking risks can mean something dangerous, but (I think) it can also mean branching out of our comfort zone. I try to do that a little bit now and again.

  13. Liz A. says:

    It may seem slow to you, but it’s superspeed to others. And your books are pretty amazing, and I think they do take a few risks here and there…

  14. Tara Tyler says:

    good to hear from you.
    I’m looking forward to summer when I plan to get together with the gang again!
    And there are different levels of risk-taking. Just publishing a book is a huge risk, and you keep doing it you rebel!

    hope things are going well

  15. Glad you have a gang of friends you admire! That’s such a rare fortune.

  16. You are super-awesome! Don’t ever doubt it!
    Remember, slow and steady also wins the race. We can’t all be speedsters.

  17. Kate says:

    You know what they say: slow and steady wins the race.

  18. I bet they say the same thing about you. And I’m really slow recently also. Sigh….

  19. Beth Camp says:

    When we write from the heart to tell those stories that mean the most to us, it doesn’t matter whether we write slowly or crank out a book every other year. I love the first person voice you use in LOVE & OTHER LIES. Keep writing and enjoying your writing group!

  20. Rita McCarthy says:

    MJ stands for two things that I LOVE in my life. M.J. Fifield is one of them. They both are absolutely necessities and indispensable in my life and to my writing. A million thanks to both – for all the help and inspiration over the years.

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