Daring is the courage to try out the unknown, to move into unfamiliar spaces," Peskowitz writes. "That seems to describe perfectly the conundrums, and the promise, of writing, where each day we seem inevitably to create anew, to step into what’s next." --Miriam Perskowitz Daring Book for Girls
I believe that DARING is also the willingness to dive into conflict, to fight for what you believe in. In terms of writing, it's having characters that believe in something, who are willing and ready to argue or fight or stand up for what they believe in. It's especially exciting when these characters are girls who are ready to fight (The Hunger Games !!).
As women, we avoid conflict too much. We want to be nice. I've read a lot of student work, and I see how young women writers want to be liked, want their characters to be liked. This washes over the characters, especially the female ones, and makes them bland and inconsequential.
In writing, as it is often true in life, it doesn't work to be too nice, too agreeable, too eager to please. Be daring -- in life and in your character's lives!!
Miriam Perkowitz has some more interesting points at her new column at shewrites.com: The Daring Writers Guide