To write powerfully, you must take risks, but to take risks, you need safety, self-confidence, focus, and practice. But sometimes, even before you have these things, you must be willing to take these risks. There are plenty of writers who have time, money, and support, but they do not take chances with their writing. It’s why we have so many books that do not speak to us, move us, propel us to action.
There is also a sense of false safety that can jeopardize risk. Last year, I thought all I needed was money so I would have the time and security to write. And even though I took a summer off to write, I didn’t take the risks I needed to, to become the writer I was meant to be. In total honesty, it wasn't until after my summer of writing was done, when my money ran out, that I started to see again the truths I was meant to write. I will say, however, that commitment to my writing was a step in the right direction.
So before we can talk about the mechanics of writing, let me ask you:
Are you willing to take the risks involved in writing, to free your voice?
Only now can we stop to consider what is needed to do that.
And know this: If you do not have the tangible, familial, or community support of writing, you always have your writing to lean on. Trust in your writing, and your voice will come.
As entrepreneurs, you have more security than most writers. Take advantage of this. Your hardest part, however, will be blocking the time. Your insecurity comes in the form of “taking away” from you business, even though you know what you want to write has to be written or that your book can propel you to a level your current business could never have realized.
There is risk. But when has that stopped you before?
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Almost nothing good comes out of not writing. Except maybe laundry. Laundry might get done.
When we don’t write, the voices in our head can make up all sorts of stories that just aren’t true. When we don't write, we let those voices win. When we do write—it's our voice that wins.