Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
-- William Faulkner
Faulkner had it right. Writers often begin as they should, by admiring and emulating those that they admire. But until they push past the conventional limits and into their own territory, they never really stake their own claim in their field.
This week, try pushing at least one boundary. You can always step back if you have to, but in most cases you'll find something in the experiment worth keeping.