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Embrace the New and Terrifying

February 26, 2021– I’d like to thank each one of you for not only following our blog, podcast, and social media channels (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter), but for giving me such great feedback about the format change this year. Focusing on a central theme each month seems to be very well received and I’m thrilled that we are providing content that you care about.

Today is the final day where we wrap up stepping out of our comfort zone! Starting Monday, March 1st until the 31st, we’ll be focusing on the most asked questions that I get as a publisher from authors, entrepreneurs, and aspiring writers. Stay tuned! Lots of awesome questions and answers coming your way!

But, let’s get back on track and focus on one more post about smashing our comfort zones.

  1. Enter a contest. A few days ago I helped one of our authors enter his work in a contest at CBC; fingers crossed that he is chosen and wins the grand prize of $6,000. There are a ton of writing contests out there that will let you flex your writing muscles. Doing a quick Google search will help you find what’s out there for you to enter. Entering contests can be an exciting way to step out of your comfort zone and get paid to do it.
  2. Exchange your writing. Trade with another writer and offer feedback on their stories while receiving constructive criticism about your work. It’s terrifying to ask for advice, but this might just be what the author doctor ordered!
  3. Take classes. Join a new writing club, book club, writing retreat, or conference. Take continuing education courses online (or preferably in person) to meet new, like-minded writers who can breathe new life into your work and inspire you to get writing and to write differently. We offer a variety of classes/courses available here: Search Results for “course” – Pandamonium Publishing House
  4. Try writing prompts. Photo writing prompts are something that we love to play with around here! Using photos as story starters are a great way to stretch your imagination and writing skills. Step out of the box, start writing, and get out of your comfort zone.
  5. Collaborate. We’re doing another collaborative book with multiple authors titled, The Power of Pets; How pets change our lives. Collaborating on writing projects with other people can give you the push you need to step out of your comfort zone and even succeed in getting your name in print if you haven’t been published before. Collaborations are a great way to get your feet wet and do something new and a maybe a bit terrifying!

The rush of writing and finally seeing your name in a publication is like nothing else! It’s something that no one can ever take away from you; while it can be very scary and make us feel vulnerable, we need to do things that challenge us so that we can continue to grow as people and as authors.

 

 

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Warning! Lack of Failure!

February 19, 2021– Lack of failure is a troubling warning sign. Umm, what? Lack of failure means that you’ve taken no risks  and that you’ve tried nothing new. Babies fall down a lot when they’re learning how to walk, but not once do they say, “Wow, maybe this just isn’t for me!”  Humans are the only species on earth that don’t try to grow to their full potential. A tree will always grow as big as it can, it never decides that 6’2 is as big as it will grow and then it will stop.

Some of us don’t reach our full writing potential because we are afraid of failing and other’s don’t bother to try. A lack of failure in your writing life means that you aren’t taking risks and putting yourself out there to grow as an author. The only way we grow? You guessed it, by failing and learning from those failures. Imagine that you were perfect at absolutely everything you tried? How boring would that be? There would be no point to living, because part of the fun, is overcoming challenges and obstacles, and tracking our improvements.

Let’s do an exercise to see if there are warning signs in your life due to lack of failures. Please list the following:

  1. Have you accomplished everything you’ve wanted to do in your writing career?
  2. Have you reached all of the goals you’ve set for yourself?
  3. Have you ever failed at anything in your writing life?
  4. Have you experienced rejection?

If you’ve accomplished everything, reached all of your goals, never failed at anything, and haven’t experience rejection…Congratulations! You’ve lived a very safe and comfortable life well inside your comfort zone. Let’s be honest, that’s not something to celebrate. Ask yourself, am I stifling my true potential as an author because I’m afraid to try something new, take a class, meet new peers, or get out of my comfort zone? Do yourself a favour and fail as much as you can! I’d much rather live a life of, at least I tried, rather than what if, and I hope you would too. Fail forward and you’ll never lose, you’ll learn!