Breaking Out of My Writing Comfort Zone

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently simply because, yesterday, I found a call for submissions online to Entangled in Romance. They’re putting together a collection of novellas/short stories centered around some favorite songs that need to have a holiday theme. I love the holidays, although I don’t think I’ve ever written a holiday story. So I was immediately intrigued.

One thing I’ve also never written? A romance! I haven’t even read that many romances, to be honest. Most of them I find incredibly boring and idiotic, if not just plain pornographic. But, suddenly, I find myself developing the “most perfect crappy romance” plot in my mind. Entangled accepts all heat levels, which is good, since I don’t really think anything I write is going to be all that “hot.”

Why am I even thinking of doing this? I’m not sure, really, but I just can’t get the idea out of my head. I think I just relish the challenge. And did I mention the deadline is June 10? So I’m really going to be challenged getting something decent written in that short period of time. But I really believe I can do it.

You see, I love relationship stories – good relationships, bad relationships, mediocre – any kind of relationship. And there’s not really any relationship more exciting, complicated, and downright frustrating as the love  relationship between a man and a woman (or a woman and a woman or a man and a man, but that’s not my kind of thing). In a sense, then, I am interested in romance stories. For the most part, I just don’t think they’re that well written. There’s too much sex and too little ACTUAL relationship. So I’m going to try my hand at writing a romance focused on relationship and not just sex (Note: I’m not stupid or naive enough to think sex isn’t part of a romantic relationship – I AM married with children), and we’ll see what happens from there.

One thing I do think will happen by me stepping out of my comfort zone like this is that my creative muscles will be stretched in a most (hopefully) beneficial way. Enhancing creativity is never a bad thing for a writer. And who knows? I might make a name for myself in the romance world. Um … Is that a good thing? Maybe I should use a pseudonym!

Now tell me. I’m curious. What is your writing comfort zone, and have you broken out of it yet? Why or why not? If you have, what were the results?

1 thought on “Breaking Out of My Writing Comfort Zone”

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