Today’s question, and my response:
When is the last time you tried something totally new in your writing career? What happened as a result? If you haven’t tried anything new lately, what could you try that’s new in order to jumpstart or refresh your career?
My philosophy for my writing life mirrors my philosophy of life in general. I believe change is the essential ingredient in life, no matter how uncomfortable that thought sometimes feels. To grow as a writer (and indeed, as a person), it is necessary to regularly put oneself outside one’s comfort zone and explore new ways of doing things. It’s too easy to lapse into mediocrity when one only sticks with “tried and true” techniques; the “safe” path is often not much fun. In my own writing life, I apply this philosophy by continually re-examining whether what I’m doing is working for me, and if not, making changes. I started off as a writer of personal essays. I then began to explore poetry. Lately, I’ve switched more of my focus to haiku and related forms, but still like to keep a hand in writing personal essays. I also used to focus almost exclusively on print publications, but now I’m equally open to online journals, because I really like their immediacy, and the opportunity for feedback. And I’ve posted daily on my blog since January 1st of this year. Where will all this lead me? Stay tuned!