How’s it going? I was playing a bit of an online game last night and today, and I realized…
Sometimes I hate challenges.
Let’s get to it.
A lot of you may not understand this example, so I’ll keep the videogame-ese to a minimum.
In one online game that I play, there’s a certain skill called Slayer, that allows you to defeat monsters you otherwise can’t kill (or even put a scratch on).
And I’ve been taking mini-challenges, and doing pretty well at it so far.
Those are classed as challenges I like. These are:
— Things that I can handle because I’ve done similar things before
This latest challenge I took involves hunting down bird creatures. Who fly. All the time. Meaning sword, axe, halberd, and spear combat is out. Okay, using a bow or ice or fire is fine.
These creatures are found in a dungeon where they and about 25 other types of creatures are fighting each other constantly.
And they’ll fight anyone who walks on their turf. I went in there with no armor or anything one time, just to see what it was like…
Within five seconds I was dead (not a lot of exaggeration).
I’d consider this bird thing a challenge I don’t like because:
— I don’t know really how to prepare to go into this place
— I died the last time I went in “just to try it”
— It’s something I’m not familiar with at all
In writing it’s the same thing. Doesn’t matter if it’s emails, sales pages, or fiction stories.
Some challenges are refreshing, and get you raring to go (a set of emails in a niche you’re great at, a story with a type of character or setting you can’t wait to get down on paper, or what-have-ya).
Other challenges not so much. Sometimes I apply to gigs outside my niche or project experience or expertise. It’s kinda scary, I’m not gonna lie.
Does that mean I shouldn’t do it?
And that’s the key.
In order to grow as a writer, I need to stretch. And if I’m doing the same things over and over again, or in the same way, I’ll become better, for sure, but I’ll eventually hit a point where I can’t move on.
At least not on my own.
And it helps me, sometimes, to think of a challenge as just something new–new isn’t necessarily bad (provided I still believe that a product or service can help people, for instance).
This shouldn’t be the same as ignoring warning bells, but I know you get where I went with this.
Tomorrow is Triple F. Be sure to stop by.
Until next time,