Okay, so this topic might seem a little off note for Mama Writers. But I recently began watching a show on BBC America called Mistresses. It’s steamy, provocative, and really asks the important questions about marriage—what constitutes a good marriage and what constitutes cheating.
This began to make me wonder about my mistress—my writing. I’ve started to write in an entirely new genre, and it…well…feels like cheating. This genre is so very different from what I have been writing that even though it is a “sweet” genre, it feels rather naughty to me. It feels so different and yet so right.
Sometimes in writing, as in life, we need to step out of our comfort zones and experience something new. Putting a fresh spin on things can offer new challenges and help us out of a rut. Staleness and complacency can eat at you until you don’t have any passion left and your writing becomes a pale memory of what it once was.
I’ve found that you don’t even have to publish in the new genre or style you’re writing in to find it will give you a fresh twist and voice to your writing. Being a Gemini (the sign of the twin and one who always needs new challenges), I have often used this trick to keep myself from getting bored with my own work. To keep me entertained, so to speak. For if you aren’t entertained, how will a reader be? If you don’t get up with the drive to pour those words out on a page and see what is going to happen to your characters that day, how can you expect someone who picks up your book to care about those same characters?
So, is it cheating? Does it mean I’m less focused? I don’t know. But it is the only way I know to get me through some difficult writing patches.
How many of you have cheated on your own writing? Have you ever gone off in an entirely new direction and found it helped your creativity shine?
Tell me about it! I want to know.
Now, back to my mistress…
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