There is no one true “master” at writing, for it is a practice where one is, or at least should be, constantly learning, growing, and improving. One way of doing so is by testing the boundaries and see if you’re able to overcome them, as a mental and creative exercise for yourself. In other words, writing outside of your element is a key methodology to becoming stronger and better as a writer.
What do I mean by writing outside of your element exactly? Well, in my mind, this can be interpreted in several ways.
It could mean writing a form of creative writing that you might not be used to otherwise. Perhaps someone who is normally a prose writer decides to try out their hand in a more poetic form, and vice versa. There are so many forms and mediums that creative writing exists in, and to only limit oneself to one form just may be cutting off possibilities and opportunities if you don’t try expanding your skill set. It’s worth the dabble, just to see if you’re capable of more than you know.
It could mean giving yourself limits to your writing. Perhaps challenge yourself to write based around a particular topic or prompt, write with a particular word count in mind, or give yourself a certain period of time to get the writing done. It’s all in the matter of putting pressure on yourself in whatever which way and see what can be accomplished with that weight bearing down on you.
In the scheme of the selected creative writing mediums alone, it could mean testing out different genres. In the case of prose for instance, if a writer is one who is not into writing genre-heavy fiction such as sci-fi and fantasy, perhaps the test is to see if they could. Another example could be a poet who only writes limericks and decides to try out writing a spoken word piece.
Regardless of how you interpret “writing outside of your element,” in the long run, it’s all about pushing yourself and challenging yourself to do more than what you are currently capable of doing as a writer. That is currently the case with me; not only as I work on my third novel, but also as I’ve been working on a little love story. While there are a few love stories featured in A Moment’s Worth, it’s otherwise a dynamic I normally avoid portraying in my writing. But given the opportunity I have before me, I’m seeing this as a creative challenge for me, with a story that I am enjoying. That’s all I can say about it for now.
There is no one true “master” at writing. We can only infinitely grow and develop. Much like writing, I like how even one’s skill level have no limits in how far it can go.
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