Good writers take risks. In fact, anyone who wants to be anyone and who wants success doesn’t play it safe; they take risks whether in their plot lines, their characters or their approach. Many of the biggies in our world today dropped out of high school or college and went on to become household names, all because they didn’t play it safe, and took some risks.
You’ll be shocked at some of the names. Of course, these are just a fraction of the famous people out there who didn’t play it safe and made it big.
- Thomas Edison
- Benjamin Franklin
- Bill Gates
- Albert Einstein
- Mark Zuckerberg
- Ellen Degeneres
- Steve Jobs
- Oprah – yes, Oprah, too (she dropped out of University)
I didn’t come across any well-known writers who played it safe and got famous … and that’s because there are probably no well-known writers who played it safe and got famous. Who wants to bother reading something that doesn’t push the limits, make you think, make you laugh at loud or chuckle at irony or satire or just plain marvel at the scope of a fantastic new world.
I challenge the writers in my writing class to not be afraid to test themselves and throw themselves open, something I try to do in my own work. Sometimes, it may not work and the writing falls flat. But, on the other hand, you may be surprised at what can come out of you when you let your reserve down and allow the beast out. One of my writers – JC – took up the challenge and wrote the most touching letter to her mother. Whether she sends it or not is irrelevant. Everyone in the class had tears in their eyes and were touched. That’s what writing is meant to do. When you bring honesty into your craft (as painful and risky as that may be) you learn to become a better writer … and your chances of getting published skyrocket.
Good writers take risks – what kind are you?
2016 Creative Writing Classes at Beyond-The-Lamppost
Tues. afternoons January 12 – March 29 in Oakville “Shaping Your Story”
Wed. afternoons January 13 – March 30 in Oakville “Get Your Story Finished”
Thurs. afternoons January 14 – March 3 in Oakville “Almost there: Revising & Rewriting Your Manuscript”