I’ve said yes to a new project. Not because it pays well — it doesn’t. Not because it will bring me recognition — it won’t. I said yes because it presented me with a unique writing challenge.
Translation: I’ve committed to submit a children’s story (serialized or stand-alone) every other week to a daily journal. (They wanted a story a week but I had to re-negotiate!)
I write for adults as a rule. I have a novel in progress. I already have a regular writing practice — seat to the seat, never a day without a line, and all that. And yet, I said yes.
Why? Because I’m a writer and because it scared me. To commit to biweekly deadlines was pause-worthy. To commit to writing for a new audience in a new genre — with biweekly deadlines — was unsettling. But, at the same time, the prospect was intriguing, … enticing, … enlivening.
How could I not say yes?
So why am I sharing this with you, my dear creatives? Because I have a question I’d like you to consider: when was the last time you said yes to something that challenged you creatively?