Wednesday 2 April 2014

The Artist Unleashed: THE 5 BIGGEST RISKS I’VE TAKEN AS AN AUTHOR by Rachel Thompson

I’ve written a lot of blog posts. A lot. A lot, a lot. Yet, nobody has ever asked me before what the five biggest risks I’ve taken as an author are, til now. So thank you Jessica for the opportunity to write for you and for making me dig deep.

Let’s deconstruct.

1)              Telling my real story.  I started blogging in 2007-ish, and mostly it was a way to connect with family and friends far and wide. However, I soon developed my ‘voice:’ a sarcastic look at relationships, love, and all the ups and downs that go with that.

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  1. It is often through big risks that we find our biggest successes.

    1. That's very true, Angela. It wasn't until I decided to risk much of what I knew that I found out who I really was. Sounds cliche, and I don't mean for it to. It's just ... true. :)

      thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. A courageous post that surely resonates for any true writer and artist. Well said.

  3. Must be something about staring down 50... After 30 years on Wall Street, I'm all about risk. As a writer, I'm about to take my first risk (I didn't know there were going to be at least 5!) so I pay special attention to the advice you share. Thanks. Keep succeeding!

  4. TBH, I don't tend to take deliberate risks as a writer. I've had four books published by a publisher and having a 5th evaluated. I also have written a lot of magazine stuff over the years.

    I'm a bit dubious about self-publishing. Conventional wisdom says if you can't find a publisher who won't take it on, then it's not worth it. On the other hand, I don't like the idea of a year's work going to waste. Wouldn't we prefer to let people read it for free than have it unread?