All my life I've enjoyed writing, but I've never considered myself a comment writer. Preferring the relative safety of fiction.
That way, if someone gets upset about something, I can always blame it on one of the characters.
This year I started writing for PSI, a volunteer comment section of Christian Today. It's been a fun challenge to find things to write about. To find topics where I feel like I have something to say.
I'm still wet behind the ears but over the last eight months I've learned a lot and grown heaps. In a nutshell, not only have I learned I have a voice and something worth sharing, but I've also learned I do have opinions on more things than I thought. The biggest area of growth, surprisingly enough, is that I've learned I actually have an opinion in politics.
Anyone who knows me, will tell you how I mentally shut down when people bring up politics, but over the last few months, I've started to listen and not just that, but share my own opinions too.
Earlier this month I was invited to attend the annual PSI conference being held in Sydney.
During the award section of the conference I sat with the rest of my hopeful peers, never dreaming I'd win anything. After all, I'm still new to comment writing.
Then my name was called and I found myself walking to the front as my peers clapped. I took home the international "Most Outstanding" young writer award.
I was speechless.
But more than any award to be won, I'm glad I took the risk to write comment pieces.
It's pushed me past my comfort zone, helped me define my voice as an author and taught me the valuable lesson that my words do have power and all those jumbled thoughts that run through my mind can actually form coherent sentences on important topics.
Which leads me to my challenge to you.
If you write, try writing in another genre. If you write fiction, try writing non-fiction. If you write romance, try writing a crime thriller.
You may just find yourself being pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
Youth With a Mission (YWAM) a non-profit organization & is part of The Initiative Production Company. She loves creating stories & is currently writing a novel, which she hopes to create into a seven part series.
Here's to a life lived in awe & wonder.
Welcome to the adventure.