|coming in to port in Honduras|
But sometimes, going outside those comfort zones is good, too.
At the end of January, our family went on a cruise - we visited Honduras, Belize and Cozumel. I'd been to Cozumel once before but both Honduras and Belize were completely new places for me. And I'll admit I was a lot nervous. I was nervous about being in the middle of an ocean with only a little life jacket to save my life (and RadioMan's and bebe's) if something went wrong. Nervous about not knowing the languages of the places we were visiting. Nervous about how bebe would react to the crowds, to the other kids, to the totally new places.
I like my schedules - taking bebe to school, writing in the mornings, critiquing with my CPs, emailing and playing games online. I like those things. Just under the nervousness, though, I was excited. Excited to see new places, meet new people and try new things.
Before the holidays I stepped outside my writing comfort zone. For the last few years I've been focused on contemporary romance - fun, light books about falling in love. Sure, there's some angst. Sure, there are problems to work through. But no characters have been (physically) harmed in the making of my books for a long time. I was happy. And then D'Ann kind of dared me to try something a little different. I started out writing romantic suspense years and years ago but left it behind as my writing changed.
Over the past couple of months I found that I liked weaving suspense into my stories. I liked putting my hero and heroine in danger (Shhhh...they think I'm trying to get them *out* of trouble) and I liked the added tension that resulted in the ... ummm... smexy scenes. And I realized that I'd been, eversoslightly, taking the slightly easier path by not going outside my contemporary comfort zone earlier.
|A stormy night at sea|
So before the beginning of 2013 I stepped out of my writing comfort zone. And last month, I stepped out of my physical comfort zone by boarding a ship bound for the Caribbean.
What I've learned is that I like the danger of challenges. I like being out of my comfort zone.
What about you? When is the last time you exited your comfort zone?