These past two weeks I've embarked on a terrifying experiment. No, I haven't been inventing anything or reanimating corpses.
I gave up shampoo!
You heard right, guys. I haven't shampooed or conditioned my hair in two weeks. To the left is what my hair looks like as of this evening.
Turns out the hippies were right! My husband did a sniff check, and my hair not only looks nice, but smells like shiny clean hair goodness.
This bizarre and unexpected success got me thinking. It's easy for me to experiment with real life things like new foods (I'll try anything once) or my hair, but I have a hard time experimenting with my writing.
Why is that? And am I alone?
For instance, I recently rewrote some scenes in my WIP, LEGACY OF THE EMPRESS, and it was some of the most difficult writing I've done. My husband kept telling me to just "let loose and see what happens," but a I found myself hesitating. I didn't want to let go of the words I'd written, my previous ideas, or even my inner editor, shouting "don't screw this up!"
Eventually, I cringed and just did it. These new scenes are now some of the coolest moments in my book. The experiment paid off!
Are there times when you struggle to let go when you're writing? What do you do to give yourself permission to experiment?
Do you find the results equal success? Are you too afraid of failure to even start?
On the hair front, it was a complete disaster the first week before it balanced itself out. Somehow it was both frizzy and oily at the same time. Not pretty, my friends! But, I stuck it out. Fear didn't stop me from seeing it through, and now I'm glad I did.
What about you?