During the April Challenge, when I was supposed to be re-writing Innocent Abroad, I found myself starting a new story which is now at nearly 6,000 words. This new story started out as nothing more than a bit of self-indulgent fun. It doesn't fit into any of my current plans, and I have absolutely no idea where the story is headed, but it's turned out to be a great release valve.
Whenever I'm feeling stuck or stressed about the WIP, I switch over to this new story and write a scene. Because it has no plot and no direction, I can write anything I want. So far I have a jumble of scenes which bear absolutely no relation to each other. But they make me feel like I'm achieving something, get the creative juices flowing, and I'm able to go back to the WIP in a much happier frame of mine.
Do any of you have writing 'release valves'? Pleased share with us how you get over feeling stuck by a story.
* * *Minxy Birthday Contests
Congratulations to last week's winners, Rachael Johns and Gaelikaa. This week we have another two contests, and we're announcing our Grand Prix contest.
First up this week is a chance to win this stunning necklace, courtesy of Minx Suzanne in Scotland.
Since yesterday was Mother's Day in most of the world (apart from the UK who celebrated the event before Easter already!), all you need to do to enter is leave a comment below telling us why Mothers are special people.
On Wednesday, you'll have a chance to win a Minxy ebook, and at the end of the week we'll announce both winners.
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The Grand Prix
For the rest of the month of May we'll be running a Grand Prix contest. In order to enter, you'll need to be a follower of this blog, either here on the blog itself or on Facebook's Networked Blogs. And the question you need to answer is simple: How old is Minxes of Romance?
The first prize will include:
- A signed copy of Sally Clements' Bound to Love
- A "Careful or you'll end up in my novel" t-shirt
- A personalised Minxy notebook courtesy of Minx Jo P
- An Amazon gift voucher valued at $10 courtesy of Minx Sri
- Claire Robyns' historical novel Betrayed
- An Amazon gift voucher valued at $10 courtesy of Minx Maya