Telling your best story in the best possible way that you can is the goal of a writer and sometimes this might involve stepping away from conventional writing and taking a risk with your writing.
Risk taking writing pushes your writing out of the box that you’ve nicely fitted it into, to another level.
Grab their attention with that opening line and hold it as you take off from there. In these days of Kindle and fast read, the action gets fast real quick like a jet zooming to take off.
This doesn’t imply that a story shouldn’t have the best calm, soft and gentle opening that’s ever been written, of course, it could, but that opening should be tight and grasp its readers’ attention.
If you are opening up with a love scene, make it sizzle without being off-putting, plant innuendos that make a reader want to know more or even afraid to know more – take a risk and allow your characters to lead their story without stifling and reshaping their thoughts too much.
Most times, we are afraid of taking risks with our writing out of fear of offending others, excluding others or exposing ourselves – our way of thinking, philosophy etc. It all boils down to fear of judgment which can hinder your approach and growth as a writer.
From the onset know that agreeable writing is as boring as anything. If you trim, shave and water down your writing to suit everyone’s needs, you’ll certainly lose the power of your own voice and your muses.
Part of being a writer is that you’ve got a million characters and more dwelling inside you and each has their own unique voice and story to tell.
Go an extra length and cross your creative Rubicon. Let your characters tell those hideous, frightening secrets waiting to tumble out on paper. You might squirm at the first thought, but dangerous writing brings out the risk taker in you. It changes your perception as a writer.
Write to agitate the mind and the nerves.
What are your thoughts on risk taking writing? What do you perceive as the limitations of risk writing? I would love to hear from you. For more writers’ tips, check this link.