When Dr. Tanya’s next installment in the Blogging Insights series showed up on my WordPress newsfeed a few days ago, my immediate thought was “writing, for the most part, is completely outside my comfort zone.”
And in some strange way for many, writing may be outside of our comfort zones, but we do it anyway.
Given there are millions of writers and bloggers there are out in the world, there can be as many and varied reasons we all tap away on the keyboard. With the writers and bloggers I know on a personal basis, one of the main reasons why they write is this need to get out onto paper those emotions and thoughts that are deep within their soul. It is something that has to happen.
The next installment of Dr. Tanya’s(Salted Caramel) blogging series is Blogging Insights #25 – Writing Outside Your Comfort Zone.
Dr. Tanya poses this one question.
Do you ever ‘stretch’ i. e. expand your horizons by writing outside your comfort zone? If not, why?
Since I started blogging, I have for the most part stayed within the confines of writing trip reports and “Thoughts From The Wilderness” posts. Now, having said that over the last year or so, I have ventured into writing some free-form poetry, which I find to be quite fun while at the same time challenging.
What I do think is that over time, my writing and blogging have undertaken more of an evolution in scope. Both in genre and more specifically in the topics or material I’ve chosen to write about at any particular time.
That approach at least for myself expands my comfort zone as compared to writing outside my comfort zone. The result is the same and ends up at the identical place, but a slightly different way of coming at it or looking at it.
Like life itself, it can be easy to get content and write from the same place, simply because it is comfortable. But, being content and comfortable can be a dangerous place to reside for any length of time. In order to grow and develop as a writer, pushing out towards the edges of our own specific comfort zones is a good thing for all of us.
As always, a huge thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and looking at “writing outside your comfort zone” within the blogging and writing universe.
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