Safe writing will sink you
Here's a couple publishing clichés for ya: literary journals and magazines are looking to accept writing that "takes risks;" they want to feel "what's at stake" in your work.
Well, as tired as these phrases have become, that's what ALL readers are looking for—writing that takes real chances (with the reader, with the subject, with the style, with the revelations or insinuations, with the process itself).
But to take risks in your writing means, of course, that you're risking failure—and that is scary stuff! Scary, scary, necessary stuff. Here are 3 Things You're Scared to Risk in Your Writing (but should!).