…you will continue to get the same results.
Have you ever experienced the phenomenon that is experiencing or hearing something for the first time and then hearing it all over the place? The same lesson seems to appear over and over in my life lately. “If you continue to do things the same way, you will continue to get the same results.”
That idea was recently paired with another idea I keep seeing:
“We are constantly moving forwards or backwards, we are never standing still.”
Which means that if you are comfortable at all, you probably aren’t moving forward.
Writing is deeply personal. The words we read back are our ideas, our phrases, our knowledge; they are us. We tend to go back and write in a similar way about similar things – especially when we find others approve of those things in that style.
What happens if we change it up?
What happens if the horror writer takes their usual writing time to write a humorous anecdote instead? What if the humor writer turns to poetry? The poet to an essay? A technical, non-fiction writer to horror? It may not result in a best seller, but what does it mean?
It means we get uncomfortable. We hone our craft a little more and widen our horizons. We push ourselves forward.
What will you experiment with during your next writing session?