My daughter just started a new school. While she’s excited about the change, it’s been challenging. New building. New teachers. New classes. New kids. It’s mentally and emotionally draining for her. But all change - even the good stuff - can be stressful. I try to remember that myself these days.
For ten years, I wrote non-fiction. I loved doing it and enjoyed a fair amount of success. But two year ago, for a variety of reasons, I switched to fiction. Some days, it feels all new to me. New format. New audiences. New rules. New writing process. I have to constantly remind myself to cut myself some slack. There’s going to be learning curve and it’s just going to take time to find my confidence and develop my skill.
But stepping out of our comfort zone is always a good thing. It stretches us creatively. And as the saying goes, “You can’t cross the sea by merely staring at the water.”
What new things are you trying these days?