I follow a lot of publishing people on Twitter, and that includes several agents. On Monday, one of them tweeted about taking on clients who weren’t afraid to take risks in their writing. This is something that I struggle with. Then I came across this quote by one of my favorite (and my kids’ favorite) children’s authors:
I experienced writer enlightenment as I was writing kids’ mid-year progress reports. I realized that I couldn’t write one more “Jennifer needs to take more risks to become a better learner” until I did what I was asking them to do. I took off the next year of teaching to write. –Jon Scieszka
I thought the image of this baby loggerhead turtle emerging from its shell was appropriate. When they hatch, more than half of them don’t make it to the sea. Even when they do make it, only 1-2 out of 1,000 hatchlings make it to adulthood. The baby turtles don’t know this. Just look at the picture. This one seems filled with wild abandon.
I wonder if I can approach my writing with the same level of abandon.
Do you take risks with your writing?