I suppose I must agree. With reluctance I've stepped out of the horse and buggy days and explored the world of technology. Yikes, I almost shudder looking at what I just wrote! But, today I make my entry from the touch-pad keys of my new Dell tablet. I do try to learn something new from time to tome and when I get past the nerves and stumbles (and remember to read the instructions) I feel pretty good about myself.
When you step out of your tidy little comfort zone, your horizons are endless.
Six months ago I stepped way out there and started writing a romance. No, it's not ready for review! I jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running. The crazy thing, I don't even read romances. Yes, I made mistakes, yes I embarrassed myself, yes I got better because I haven't quit - yet.
Do you want to improve your writing, or some other part of your world?
1. Think of the things you do well.
2. Write down things you do not do well.
3. Imagine something you may never do in a hundred years, even if it is legal, and do it!
It does take a plan. If your plan is to shoot from the hip, meaning you will do this thing spontaneously not kill something, then all you have to do is start.
After you take the first few steps, set a goal, or a series of goals, and have a general idea of what your end product will look like.
When you get down the road with this far out and amazing new venture, first you will discover the new side of you, then you will find the confidence to seek the appropriate aid in completing this project.
Main thing: don't quit. If you believe in it and you believe in yourself, stick with it.
What this means to writing, get out a cheap spiral notebook (or one of those really nice leather bound journals) and freewrite. Pen the craziest thing you can pull out of your brain, and do not consider throwing it away. Keep writing until it starts to take form and you get used to the idea. Then you can ease this new project into your standard writing program.
Just don't give up, never surrender!
I am now 3/4 through the first draft of my romance novel. I've joined a great online critique group. Message me for more information on this group. And I discovered a plethora of resources to aid me not only with the novel, but with the rest of my writing as well.
And I bought a tablet!
Once you step out of your tiny corner, you will grow.
My next zone burst will be approaching businesses to set up book signings. I don't think it's shy, but the prospect is intimidating.
What do you do to expand your talents?