First off, I’d like to apologize to the winners of RED and SCARLET’s ARC. I WILL get the books in the mail tomorrow. I’m truly sorry for taking so long. 😳
Now onto today’s topic. I’m talking about two different types of comfort zones today, personal and writing. When I was a flight attendant, I had a fairly large comfort zone. You had to have in order to do that job. You were constantly having to deal with various types of personalities. I got used to it. At the time, I was good at my job. Then 9-11 hit and my job changed…and so did I. My comfort zone shrunk so quickly and dramatically that I could barely get on a plane without having an anxiety attack. I quit five months later. (That was part of the reason I wrote my Blaze, OFF LIMITS and set it on a plane.) Sometimes I think quitting so soon after the attack had a major impact on the size of my comfort zone these days. I can’t say if I went back and had it all to do over again I would change things. I’m not sure that I would. That decision came after a major epiphany. What I hadn’t anticipated was the comfort zone shrinkage and how many areas of my life it would effect. I’m working on ‘expanding’ my comfort zone. It’s currently too small to accommodate the life I want to live. I’m determined to shock it if need be.
The same goes for writing. When a writer starts out, they tend to stick with the familiar. This is especially true once they get published and find out how hard it is to stay published. There’s wisdom in ‘sticking with a sure thing’, but only if you remember there are NO sure things in life. 😉 We all know writers who don’t venture out of their ‘comfort zones’ for fear they’ll be smacked down. In this economy especially it doesn’t pay to be adventurous. Yet, part of me wonders if now isn’t the time to take a chance. Truly leave the comfort zones we’ve created. Try something new. Take a leap of faith.
What do you all think? Should comfort zones be stretched? Demolished? Or should everyone play it safe?