#IWSG: Taking Risks in My Writing?

IWSG

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (#IWSG) to meet. It is April, which means it’s time for the #AtoZChallenge too. For this reason, I am writing a lot. Not that I didn’t write much in March. I wrote 29 blog posts, which I’m rather content with.

I also have been loving looking at writing prompts again. Not that I’ve dared to actually write based on them yet, at least not on the fiction/poetry ones. Okay, maybe it’s not so much that I am too scared, as I could of course be writing just for myself. Then again, I usually write with an audience in mind, so maybe I’m still scared to write even just for me. However, I also find that I take on a lot with my blogging, maybe too much. Yesterday, I was up till 11PM blogging because I had to write something for the letter E in my #AtoZChallenge series. I really hope I’ll find both the time and courage soon to write something more outside of my comfort zone.

This brings me to this month’s optional question. It is whether you’re a risk taker where it comes to your writing. This could mean tackling subjects or genres that are outside of your comfort zone, but also it could mean talking about controversial topics.

The short answer to this question is, no, not really. I used to take risks with my writing several years ago, when I still often shared my views on disability rights and autistic advocacy. Now I hardly ever cover these topics in my writing anymore.

I originally started my current blog as a way to actually take a risk by writing from the heart. I also chose my domain name to reflect the fact that my alter personalities could write too. They hardly ever do anymore.

That being said, I do put myself out there with my writing. As a personal blog writer, I am very open about myself online. Maybe that’s taking a risk in itself.

Do you take risks when writing?

18 thoughts on “#IWSG: Taking Risks in My Writing?

  1. I’ve found my most controversial posts on my blog have the least engagement. When I stay in safe (to me) topics, I usually have more comments. I kind of wish people who disagreed with me would express their opinion, though. I value opinion, even when I think differently, because I helps me look at my post from a different perspective.

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  2. I’ve found my most controversial posts on my blog have the least engagement. Posts that are safe (to me) topics usually get more comments. I kind of wish people who disagreed with me would express their opinion, though. I value opinion, even when I think differently, because I helps me look at my post from a different perspective.

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    1. I can totally relate to getting less engagement on controversial posts. This is so sad, since a healthy debate can be very useful. Thank you for sharing your perspective.

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  3. In the US they stopped teaching critical thinking. I believe this has deprived folks of independently thinking. As a result many folks seem to follow the herd and unable to recognize they may have an original idea. Just my two cents.

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  4. I feel like every post I write is a risk! The pen is powerful, I think. I don’t want to use it the wrong way. Also, I haven’t written fiction since I was a child. I don’t think I have it in me and I’m afraid to try and fail and have wasted all that time!

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  5. Writing from the heart isn’t easy and I am in awe of you for doing so. It’s nice to read about people being authentic and sharing what means a lot to them.
    Thank you for visiting and commenting on my site, Astrid 🙂

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