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This blog is around writing and life in general and why you
don’t get what you say you want. Now you probably heard the term, Comfort Zone,
before. I always wondered if Comfort Zone meant something to do with a nice
cozy couch or snuggling in my warm bed and does being outside of it mean my
electric blanket doesn’t work.
I took some personal development
courses many years ago and learned many things about myself and what I attract
in my life and how I see the world through my unique set of rose-colored
glasses that we all have. Even if I don’t wear glasses, nor even like roses.
Yeah, sorry I’m not a vegetarian and have been known to snarf down the odd
burger and salty deep fried onion rings. Might have to stop for a snack that
sounded good with or without the triple yummy sauce, pickles and bacon and
melted Applewood smoked cheese. That’s it, never write on an empty stomach.
I’ll be back in fifteen.
Burp. Now, back on the topic. Everyone has their own comfort
zones around everything they see, do and interact with in life. For some, like
the pope, he’d have a huge comfort zone around using the fword and would have a
hard time stepping out of it. Where others like Myley Cyrus has very little
around strutting around nearly naked on stage in front of thousands of fans and
even less on human decency. Don’t even get me started.
learned that criminals in a study would pick out the same person time and time
again to mug. So while a person doesn’t usually want to get hit over the head
and have their wallets stolen, they are attracting it to themselves by the way
they portray themselves to the outside world. All about comfort zone. Why do
children of alcoholics marry alcoholics? Again comfort zone. While some comfort
zones are nice, others are ugly and until I learn what mine are I will attract
to me certain things time and time again. I need to become conscious of what it
is I’m putting out there and how I want to attract different things into my
learned many things in the Context Associated series, well worth trying if
there’s any in your area. But the most important to writers is this. In today’s
world the idea of self-marketing is of utmost importance. Gone are the days of
company paid book tours. The internet has changed our lives and while you may
get a novel published either via self or through an ebook company it is up to
you to do your own marketing. Just ask the aging rock stars of the world. I
don’t think you’ll ever see another Bon Jovi or Rolling Stones rock group making
hundreds of millions off music sales and doing world tours.
been busy learning that I have to step outside my comfort zone and believe in
myself and my writings. Just like Ronald McDonald believed once he took off his
clown outfit he could cook a mean burger. I’ve been linking, blogging and
posting on facebook and lately twitter. Hated twitter, as a writer what can I
say in 140 letters? Give me a novel to write and different scenario, Comfort zone.
I have to believe that my writing is better than good. It is great and I can
and will put myself first and out there. Yes, that is stepping outside of what
most insulated writers do. Yup. It’s easy to sit in a room and bang away at
typewriter keys, oh sorry another changing thing of the times. How many of
those do you think they sold last year? So go ahead and put your foot on the
center stage in front of billions, or at least here’s hoping. Get Twittering,
Insta whatever, facebooking and using whatever new medium pops up these years. There
is the old story of a writer who gave up and filed away his ideas for kids
books. Until one of his friends said, after reading the dust collecting book on
his shelf. “I think there’s a market for green eggs and ham.”
Make your New Years Resolution as
Mrs. Frank’s. I bet her context around comfort zone was stretched when she said,
“I put that Sh*t on everything.” Look where that got her.
So get out there and put your books
and life in front of the world.