Join Prism Book Alliance® as Clare London goes Outside the Margins today.
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.
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!
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.
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