Why Break Out of Your Comfort Zone?
Tons of research exists on the subject, but some of the more obvious benefits of moving out of your comfort zone might include making life more fun, learning new things and meeting new people, to name a few. In addition, breaking out of one’s comfort zone can increase productivity, super charge your brain, enliven creativity and prepare us for future change.
As a writer, looking for new ways to approach both the writing craft and the creative process is helpful for all the reasons listed above. Writing a novel is hard work, so I’ll take all the help I can get. For example, I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone regarding the way I physicallly write – I’ve been using Dragon dictation more, versus typing everything. I’m used to typing everything in Scrivener and/or Word. And, my embracing the dictation is part of a shift in my thinking – using dictation has enabled me to make use of different times to ‘write’ that I didn’t have before; waiting in line at carpool, driving, etc.
As a reader, I step outside my comfort zone of authors I know and love, and find new ones, based on others’ recommendations, or just based on something that catches my eye. Most recently, I’ve been reading a Viking romance series – definitely out of the norm for me – and I’m loving it!
Doing research for the second book in my paranormal romance series forced me to move outside my comfort zone as well – to riding a motorcycle (only as a passenger!) My hero has a motorcycle, but I didn’t know anything about them. To talk a good game, I needed some help. Some good friends both ride – a husband and wife – and they gave me some great info, but suggested I’d get more out of the experience to actually go for a ride. I hesitated, not only because it scared me a little bit to be on a bike, but because I’ve told my teenage daughter I don’t ever want her on a motorcycle. What’s a parent to do?
I hemmed and hawed and donned a helmet and protective eye wear and went for a short ride. Wow! I was loving the view from the back of his Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic! And when I got off the bike, I was proud of myself for taking the ride, even when I was a little afraid.
Bottom line? I still don’t want my daughter on a motorcycle, but I am going to make sure I reinforce how important it is to move outside your comfort zone.
***Please share – how have you stepped out of your comfort zone? How did it benefit you? would you do it again?***
In A Mighty Good Man, heroine ‘Hank’ Jerry is seriously out of her comfort zone, her writing career dead ended and forced to return to her aunt’s diner in Fiddler’s Elbow – the town she left behind. Jack Darcy, former gang leader, fresh out of prison and on the run, is out of the frying pan and into the fire – pun intended.
The pair teams up to write his story about life inside the gang for mutual gain. Only problem is, they can’t help falling for each other, and they’ve both got something to hide that could blow up in their faces. With time running out and gang enforcers closing in, will the trust they’ve forged survive the ultimate test?