Write outside the Box ~ Outside the Margins with Clare London

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Clare London OtM

I can see the TV advert now:

Are you tired of writing?
Still committed to your genre but intrigued by something else?
Loving your characters but wishing they could be on another planet / in another time / in love with werewolves?
Can’t get it up for a 50,000 words target at the moment?


I’m not suggesting anyone abandons their chosen genre. We all know the importance of creating our brand and maintaining consistent quality on our books.

But there are times you just think… not just now. The Muse is just not there. The Muse has left the building.

So don’t be afraid to try something different! Whoever said you could only write in the genre you publish? This doesn’t have to be anything to do with your publishing career – in fact, it’s probably better NOT to be. That will take the pressure off. And, God knows, you don’t have time to write another publishable novel this month LOL.


Dabble in another genre.
Revisit that WIP you’ve had for years where the elves meet the sexbots.
Follow a picture prompt on the net.
Write some fanfic, like you did in the old days.
Use the excuse of a seasonal theme to revisit existing characters – but with a twist!
Write a scene from a different gender’s POV.
Write a short story in the style of the favourite author you read.
Etc etc

Just for FUN! The idea is to rediscover the sparkle and buzz of writing in itself. And for those who still like there to be a purpose (looking at myself here!) there are plenty of opportunities to submit to.

I enter flashfic in QueerSciFi’s esteemed annual challenge. And although I don’t do it for the money or kudos, I won 2nd prize this year!

I enter the annual 1000words challenge on Live Journal, and have done for years. There’s no restriction at all on genre or pairing, and I’ve done horror, paranormal and comedy in the past.

I’m writing a M/F short for an RNA challenge.

I always check out the picture prompt at Cryselle’s Bookshelf website and have been inspired to write flashfic for many of them.

I entered a literary festival challenge this year, a 1000 words limit. I didn’t get accepted for publication, but have a short fic I’ll enjoy sharing with my readership at some time.


Writing is so much more than publishing. Feel free to spread your wings, authors!

~~Clare London~~

~Clare London


Title: Double Scoop
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 08/04/2016
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


A sudden disaster strikes everyone’s favourite ice cream shop, With A Kick. Not only does it threaten the livelihood of its owner, Patrick, but also his loyal assistant Lee. The last thing in the world Patrick would ever want to do is hurt Lee, either physically or emotionally. Why would he? He’s been falling in love with Lee since the day Lee invited himself into the shop’s business and Patrick’s life. But familiar and deeply-held insecurities hold Patrick back – he’s too gruff for Lee, too old, and his labour-of-love business is never going to make him rich.

Lee is weary of trying to make Patrick see how much he admires and cares for him. To Lee, it’s a very straightforward situation. Patrick is sexy, Patrick is smart, Patrick needs Lee’s help – and Lee needs Patrick in his life as more than a boss. All the characteristics Patrick finds inhibiting, Lee finds attractive. However, if Patrick’s apparently never going to make a move on Lee, how long should Lee wait to make his own move? Maybe Patrick thinks Lee is too clingy, too immature. Maybe Lee should give up his romantic hopes completely. If, that is, he can bear to do it.

The disaster at the shop brings them a whole new opportunity to work – and love – together to make a go of things. They’ve both got to look at each other in a whole new way. With the help of all their With A Kick friends, this could be make or break for the reluctant couple!

Read an EXCERPT at the author’s website and online bookstores.


Double Scoop on Goodreads
Self Published
Amazon US
Amazon UK
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About Clare London

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She’s written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she’s just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she’s happy.  Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.
Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.
All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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4 thoughts on “Write outside the Box ~ Outside the Margins with Clare London

  1. And then some of us continue to wander through the genre forest looking for any kind of home… 😛

    I think the variety you recommend is essential, and I’d go farther and suggest publishing the variety.

  2. Clare, this is such good writing advice. I agree completely. I love entering contests, writing out of the LGBT genre, entering our famous 55 Fiction contest now and then. It’s great fun and as you say (I’m paraphrasing here) rekindles your love of writing and why you write in the first place. I’m sharing, honey. Love ya cross the pond. Paul and my better half, Bob. <3

  3. Gawd, so much yes. While I still consider myself incredibly fortunate to have writing as a career, sometimes it can start to seem like, dare I say it, work. That’s definitely the time to start casting the net a little wider. Even just checking out anthology calls and writing the odd short story just because you like the theme can bring the fun back, and I’ve been making more of an effort lately to enter my local writers’ group’s regular competitions. 😀

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