*It's okay to get your feet dirty---many times, it's necessary. With protection and insulation, we sometimes miss out on really feeling what's underneath us.
When it comes to writing, I need to stop being so "safe", "scared", and "covered." I realize that I shy away from sex scenes, do not allow atrocious things to happen to my characters, and keep providing them with wholesome, feel good thoughts. I stick to the familiar: familiar ideas, familiar dialogue, familiar setting, etc.
I need to step out of my comfort zone and immerse myself in the grainy discomfort because that's where growth occurs. By stepping out of what is known, by allowing ourselves to step into the messy area, we evolve.
Now, on another note, how about them New Year's resolutions? Today I heard a lady say that she hates going to the gym in January because that's when all the "New Years" people take up the machines.
"But they're gone by February, so it's okay," she added.
Hmm. I've always been a little uncomfortable about making a resolution that had such a strict beginning. Something about that made it seem less personal, forced.
So, I think I'll vow not only to start my resolutions whenever they are appropriate but to also sustain them.
After all, writing has taught us that starts are easy, exciting, and full of zeal but it's the middles that can be a challenge ;)
Do you have New Year's resolutions? What has art taught you about life? How will you be celebrating the New Year?