So this post is all about taking risks. Are you a risk taker? Or do you prefer to play safe?
I have never really considered myself much of a risk taker. I tend to play it safe and go for the sure thing.
However, I got to thinking…maybe I am a risk taker. I mean, don’t I take risks every time I pick up a new book to read? Who knows what I will get as I open the pages and try something new? Will I like it? Will I find a new author to read? Or will it be horrible? Sometimes the risk pays off and I find a new fave author or a keeper to add to my collection and sometimes it doesn’t, but at least I took a chance, right?
I know, I know, it’s not exactly on par with bungee jumping or sky diving, but hey, I am taking baby steps. 🙂
Well, I was until last week when I took a big risk. It may not be that big to many of you, but to me it was HUGE. After some encouragement from a friend I entered a writing contest on another blog. Keep in mind that I am a READER, not a writer, so this was a big deal for me. I had never written anything like this before or entered writing contests or even let that many people read something I tried to write (well, other than my rambling blog posts).
But after much hesitation and a kick in the pants from a friend, I sat down and typed up a little 400 word scene based on the writing prompt, which was basically a girl telling a guy what she wants. And after I did some editing (I seem to be wordy…I know, I sense your shock…hehe), I took a chance and entered.
Imagine my surprise when I learned that I am one of three finalists! Me, the non-writer, non-risk-taker! I couldn’t believe it! And considering the great entries, this was an even bigger thrill and surprise!
You know, I am kind of proud of myself for taking the risk and entering and I like my entry (although I keep seeing things I’d do better, but I have been told that is normal for writers…hehe…I just called myself a writer…yeah, right). Like any big risk, it was scary and nerve-wracking and it still is since people are reading and voting on the entries, but I dove in head first (okay, maybe I tip-toed into the shallow end…or rather I got pushed). But regardless of the results at least I can say I tried and took a chance, right? And isn’t that the point of taking a risk…taking a chance?
I do have to say that I have a greater appreciation for authors who put themselves out there with their work every day. *claps hands in applause* I don’t know how you do it with every book and story you write…this was just a little bitty scene.
Anyway, who knows where this latest risk will lead me? But it has taught me a bit about myself and so far has been worth it…hmm…maybe I have a bit of a writer in me after all…
You can check out the contest and finalists here. There are some great entries!
So, are you a risk taker? What kind of risks have you taken? Or do you prefer to play it safe?