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Taking Risks as a Writer 

16th May 2013 Posted in Blog, Writing 2 Comments

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No matter what type of writer you are and no matter what company you work for, it’s a risky and, often, scary business.  You may not know from one day to the next if you’re going to get a new project or assignment.

And other days, you may not know how you’re going to finish your work.

When you look at other writers (and you know you do), it might seem frightening to see them take risks or do something a little outrageous.  And, to be honest, these actions are frightening mainly because you’ve begun to question if you should take them too.

Should you take risks as a writer?

Yes.  Categorically, yes.  When you’re writing, you have the opportunity to say things, to share opinions, and to be the source of information for someone you may never meet.

Why not do or try something others don’t or won’t expect?  Why not write something bold and brash and outside of the current rules of political correctness? (Assuming your role allows you to.)

Why not just be yourself in all of your messiness and creative meanderings?

True, you can’t quite take risks when you’re writing for a client with a specific vision or writing to spec.  Perhaps the risks you take might be to suggest something different for a client.  Maybe you write your own blog and let your creativity play on your own time.

No matter what you think you should or shouldn’t do, if you never take a risk or a chance, you might not know what you can actually do with your talent.

Start small and see what happens.  The risk you take may just end up being the voice someone else needs (and wants) to hear.

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2 Comments

  1. By Nick Stamoulison 17th, May 2013 at 5:57 pm

    “If you never take a risk or a chance, you might not know what you can actually do with your talent.”

    As a marketer, I am constantly testing ideas all the time. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. But in order to get ahead in business, you need to take (calculated) risks and measure the result. Testing and refining your ideas help to move your business along.

  2. By WAI_editoron 22nd, May 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Good points, Nick.

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