Friday, January 16, 2015

Taking Risks By Margaret Daley

Sometimes playing it safe doesn’t get us where we want to go. Take for an example, falling in love (something romance authors write about all the time) can be a big risk. Can you imagine a world where a couple doesn’t take that risk and fall in love? I would be out of a job. There would be no romances. I’d hate a world without love stories.

The act of writing a book is a risk. An author is putting part of herself on the page for people to read—to like or not. I never thought I had such a risky life until I started thinking about this.

Risks are everywhere in our life, often coupled with decisions we are faced with throughout the day. So how do we navigate through all these decisions and risk choices we are faced with. 1) A strong faith—belief system that has formed and grown over the years you have matured into an adult. 2) A plan for your life to help you keep yourself focused and on course. The risks develop when we stray from our plan/purpose. Then we find ourselves in a rocky place. We’re not sure of our footing and often find ourselves falling. 3) Reassessment periodically—we need to be willing to change when it is needed. Life is full of changes, but we have to be careful the change fits in with what we think our plan is.

An example of reassessing and changing is the current publishing industry of traditional and self publishing. In the past few years how an author gets her book published has altered. Or rather, now there are more choices for each person, but the writer has to decide, which is best for her and be willing to learn and reassess if it isn’t working.

Risk is part of life. Change is too. But don’t be afraid of either one. They can be good for you—like a new love or a writing career through the self-publishing route.

Margaret Daley, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of over ninety books (five million sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at

Check out Margaret’s book at and read about my latest stories: To Save Her Child, Deadly Holiday, The Yuletide Rescue and Her Hometown Hero


  1. Good for you, Margaret. Keep taking risks and making changes. I've never been fond of risks, but this year my motto is 'Be Fearless'. Let's hope that works out for me.

  2. What an incredible post -- and photo, Margaret! You go, girl!! :)

  3. Patricia, I'm with you fearless to the end.

  4. Interesting post. I guess everything in life is risky. Every time we cross the road! But if we don't take risks we'll never get that wonderful sense of achievement when something works out well.