Risk taker!

Written by: on Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The Daily Post asks: “How do you decide what risks to take?”

I immediately thought, “When it benefits you in the end.” but that’s … sort of…

I think a lot of people immediately think of something dangerous where you could stand to lose something. “She took a risk and lost her life in the end.” There can be other kinds of risks such as trying to get on stage to sing a song or read a poem.

I guess taking risks would really depend on the situation. I remember there was a question that was posted about how there was a dog trapped somewhere and a man trudged across some muddy water flow to save the dog but then he got stuck himself. Then there was talk about suing him for doing something like that because it wasted dollars to rescue them both. So the question was, “Would you risk your life to save your dog’s life?” I would. Yes. I’d risk my life to save my animals.

But I guess there’s some risks that I won’t take. My most recent example would be the book. I’m just interested in the free proof copy (which is ordered and on its way) but I am seriously not very good at writing. I won’t take this risk because I guess I want my writing to be fun. The idea of it turning into a job or something similar to that… It concerns me. I don’t know how JK Rowling did it. I wonder if there were times where she just wished Harry Potter didn’t get so popular. Deadlines, time crunches, demands from agents to see chapters, fans clamoring for the next book… And then there’s the other side of the spectrum where if I took the risk in publishing and then hearing lots of bad reviews about it. I’d always think about them even when I’m writing just for fun. I don’t want to ruin that.

I was told to join crit groups – which is a major no-no for me! hehe! I did take a smaller risk though. I gave the PDF to a couple of friends. I really do want to know if I messed up on something. I can see the world in my head but I worry that I didn’t explain it so well on paper.

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