The Illusion of Safety

By on Oct 10, 2013 in Risks and Passions | 4 comments

I have this thing about safety and security, so risk isn’t exactly something I gravitate toward. When faced with a choice, my first impulse is to determine all the things that could possibly go wrong in each scenario and choose whichever one seems safest. I used that approach for years in deciding whether to write, and more importantly, whether to share my words with the world. And it was an easy choice.  There is nothing about writing that is safe or secure, so I chose to keep my words to myself.  There were too many risks. Of course, there’s the obvious risk of failure. What if I put my writing out there and it got rejected? Or people hated what I had to say? The idea of failing at my most passionate dream was terrifying. Then there was the financial risk; few people are able to make a living solely from writing. But if my writing was a side job, it meant finding extra time and...