A couple of weeks ago I mentioned on an author's loop how I'd lost the passion for writing love scenes. I got a lot of support from them both on the loop and privately. I was surprised how many writers have gone through this.
The advice I received the most was, "Write something different for a while." I had nothing different in my brain and edits to do, so I went slogging along.
A few days ago I was asked to participate in an anthology that required no sex scenes and sounded like so much fun I gave a resounding and enthusiastic yes! I sat down and immediately wrote two stories for it! Okay, one was a rewrite of an old story, but the other one flowed out of me in no time. The book is already agented and now we're hoping for a bidding war. LOL.
I was surprised by how this little project rejuvinated me. The editor even said my enthusiasm was infectious! I guess my cohorts were right. Sometimes a little change can make a big difference.
This coming Monday I have a free read coming from Cerridwen Press, the mainstream imprint of Ellora's Cave. It's also something I wrote a long time ago and tweaked to suit. My editor (who usually enjoys hot, hot hot) said it was a beautiful story and she loved it. That's almost as good as money to me.
So, if you're in the mood for something different...not my usual paranormal comedy, but something a bit inspirational that's 75% true, come by the Cerridwen website and download Most Unpopular Workday of the Year.
http://www.jasminejade.com Click on the Cerridwen Press icon and look for the Scintilating Samples.