WRITING TIP: Time to take a risk

freewriting“No art ever came out of not risking your neck,” Eudora Welty wrote in her classic book, On Writing. Of course, all risks come at a cost, but it seems playing it safe comes at a higher cost, at least for a writer. Risk and experiment, says Welty, are actually “a considerable part of the joy of doing,” and that joy is the reason writers are willing to work hard in the first place. So next time you’re tempted to play it safe in your work, remember: if you want real juice in your life and writing, you’re better off taking a risk.