“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.”
—NEIL GAIMAN, FROM THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
Writers walk a fine line between comfort and risk. On the side of comfort are the rules, the formulas, and the known path that helps you chart a course, find an audience, and refine your voice. On the side of risk is everything else. That’s where you walk precariously on a bridge over rough waters, crack open calcified parts of your psyche, tap into universal themes from surprising angles, and do what artists do best (and yes, I consider writers artists): reveal, discover, expose, voice, connect.
But every writer has her comfort zone. You know which territory you’re happiest traveling in, and ...